The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has elected the first female Provost for its Postgraduate College. She is Professor Yetunde Adedoyin Ajibade, a Professor of Language Education and Instructional Processes. Preparatory to the illustrious career spanning over thirty-six years (36) which culminated in her appointment, Professor Yetunde Ajibade had obtained the B.A. Ed. (French) and M.A. (Modern European Languages) degrees in 1982 and 1987 respectively from this University. Thereafter, she bagged a doctorate degree in Language Education from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1994. The new Provost got her teaching career off to a flying start at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, where she taught for a year before joining the employ of the University thirty-five (35) years ago. All through the years, she had served the University in different capacities meritoriously, with over thirty undergraduate and postgraduate courses in curriculum, pedagogy and second/foreign language teaching.
This versatile academic equally demonstrated rare qualities as an administrator while occupying different leadership positions at various levels: Acting Head, Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies for over four years; Head, Department of Arts and Social Science Education for three years; first elected female Deputy Provost of the Postgraduate College; and now first elected female Provost of the College. Furthermore, she not only served creditably as member, coordinator and chairperson of several committees within the Department, Faculty and University, but also as examiner, moderator and assessor within and outside the University, as well as staff adviser to the national body of Education Students (OAU Chapter) for more than thirty years.
Professor Ajibade is a member of two professional bodies that reach out to schools and teachers in order to impact positively on the education sector by focusing on challenges faced by teachers and learners as well as serving as models to teachers in the use of more interactive, learning-centred and result-oriented teaching. Passion-driven, she is a foundation member of the Ife School Curriculum Improvement Group and the brain behind the inauguration of one of the very few language teaching associations in the world and the only registered one in Nigeria. In recognition of her singular efforts, she was unanimously elected the first President of the International Association of Language Educators. In her commitment to language development, she was the first to establish a private language skills development training center in Ibadan, Oyo State, though she has had to suspend activities for now.
In cognizance of her contributions to education, she is one of the members of the Meadowhall Advisory Board. As a focused researcher and academic, Professor Ajibade has 64 publications comprising 20 papers, attended 53 workshops and conferences some of which she initiated or co-initiated, participated in several training sessions for teachers and has received awards in recognition of her invaluable contributions to the professional growth and development of teachers. As an author, she co-authored French text books, teachers’ guides and workbooks and co-developed a training manual for French teachers. She is married and blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren.