Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo is a Nigerian professor of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine at University of Ibadan. She is the current Deputy Vice Chancellor (research, innovation and strategic partnership), the first person to attain the role. Her research areas are on Aquatic toxicology, Aquatic veterinary medicine and fish food safety.
Early life and education
Adeyemo was born July 17, 1970 to a family from Oyo State. She had her secondary education at Ahmadiyya Grammar School, obtaining her West African Examination Council results in 1986. She got her first degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Ibadan in 1994. She also obtained her masters and doctorate degrees from the same institution in 1998 and 2005 respectively. She was made an associate professor in 2008, but became a full professor in 2011. She is a member of several professional bodies including Society of Toxicology, World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, Wildlife Disease Association, Nigerian Academy of Science, etc.
Publication and offices held
In March 2017, Adeyemo was elected into the newly created office of Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnership. Previously, she was the head of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine department.
Adeyemo is the first Nigerian woman in the field of Aquatic Veterinary medicine. Speaking to The Punch on the manly nature of her discipline, she described herself as not being woman-like, explaining that she gets along better with men. She went further to explain that she got to the top of her profession through hardwork, and gender has little to do with it. In the same interview, she advised government to do more studies in veterinary public health, as it is the bridge that ensures the environment will be safe for both Nigerians and animals. Citing cases of animal transferable diseases like Ebola as examples.