The University Governing
Council has approved the
appointment of Professor
Musbau Adewumi Akanji,
FNSBMB, Faculty of Science,
University of Ilorin as the 6th
substantive Vice-Chancellor
of the University. He is to take
over from the outgoing Vice-
Chancellor, Prof. M. S. Audu,
FMAN, whose tenure expires on
Monday, November 26, 2012.
Council approved the
appointment at its 97th Special
Meeting held on Tuesday,
November 20, 2012. Prof.
Akanji, who hails from Essa
Ward, Offa, Kwara State was
born on January 4, 1953. He
attended Offa Grammer
School and the famous Olivet
Baptist High School, Oyo before
proceeding to University of
Ibadan from 1972 – 1975 for his
B.Sc (Hons), Biochemistry.
Between 1979 and 1986 he was
in the University of Ife, Ile-
Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University) for his M.Sc and
Ph.D (Biochemistry)
He worked as a Research
Biochemist with the Nigerian
Institute of Tryposomiasis
Research, Vom, Plateau State
and joined the services of
University of Ilorin as
Lecturer I in 1986, where he
rose to the rank of a Professor
of Biochemistry in 1993. He has
held various positions and
served in virtually all the
University Committees in the
University of Ilorin.
Between November 2005 and
January 2008, he was the
pioneer Vice-Chancellor and
member, Board of Trustee, Al –
Hikmah University, Ilorin,
Kwara State.
The Professor of Biochemistry
who during the 1991/1992
academic session was a
parttime lecturer in the
Department of Biochemistry,
FUT, Minna has supervised 20
Master’s and 16 Doctoral theses
out of which 7 are now
Professors in various
He is a Fellow, Nigerian Society
of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology and belongs to several
other Professional bodies
among which are Member,
Science Association of Nigeria
and Nigerian Society for
Experimental Biology.
The new Vice-Chancellor has
over 150 Scholarly Publications
in reputable books and
journals. His hobbies are
reading, current affairs,
trekking and watching
football matches live on
television. He is married and
blessed with three children.
In the appointment letter,
signed by the Pro- Chancellor
and Chairman of Council, Prof.
Rufai Ahmed Alkali, the
appointment is for a single
term of five years with effect
from Tuesday, November 27,
2012. This appointment
supersedes the earlier
appointment of an acting Vice-
Chancellor made at the 96th
Special Meeting of the Council
held on Tuesday, November 13,