Brief Intro About Me




Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello  was born in  Lagos on the 23rd of April 1964 to Mrs Jadesola Ibidapo nee Abraham of Ita Kose , Lagos Island and Mr Emiola Ibidapo-Okunrinboye of Owo, Ondo State. She attended Anglican Girls Primary School, Surulere, from 1970 to 1974 and then Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School, Surulere, between 1974 and 1979. Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello then proceeded to Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, and Lagos State College of Science and Technology, Ikosi Campus where she did her “A” levels in 1982.

Prof. Yemi Olatunji-Bello is happily married to Tunji Bello, a journalist and lawyer, and the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources,  and the former Secretary to Lagos State Government. They are blessed with 3 children. 

Professor Olatunji-Bello is also the Zonal Pastor in charge of zone 9 of Lagos Province 1of the  Redeemed Christian Church of God.

First substantive Head of the Department of Physiology, LASUCOM
First Female Deputy Vice Chancellor Lagos State University
First Female Second Vice President, Physiological Society of Nigeria


First Professor of Physiology in LASU

Bouquet for the Amazon of multi-tasking at 60

David Ricardo framed it as the law of diminishing returns. There is always a point of saturation. There comes a juncture where, to adapt the thesis of one of the most influential English economists of the 19th century, human productivity begins to decline on account of task overload.

The breed the English nobleman has in mind could, however, not be said to include Yemi Olatunji-Bello, a professor of Physiology and the ninth vice chancellor of Lagos State University, LASU. With uncommon dexterity, she juggles not a few Herculean tasks simultaneously and has managed to make a success of all.

One, her prodigious scholarly output in the field of Physiology has not in any way constrained her civic engagements as a tireless mobilizer and generous host of causes geared towards women empowerment. Nor distracted her from obligations as a virtuous wife, doting mother, committed mentor and an anointed pastor in God’s vineyard.


As she clocks the Diamond jubilee today (April 23), hers is indeed a compelling story that should, therefore, inspire those still detained by the common assumption that the dizzying pace of the post-modernist world limits the career lady in other spheres.

One writes with the insights of someone who has known and related closely with Professor Olatunji-Bello for more than 30 years. While her appointment as LASU vice chancellor in 2021 might have thrust her into national limelight, she had long made her mark in academic research with name recognition in learned journals with over 55 seminal publications, becoming a professor in 2007 and the first Professor of Physiology in Lagos State University College of Medicine, LASUCOM.

Two years later, it was inevitable that she would gain national recognition after delivering the 40th Inaugural Lecture of LASU entitled, “PHYSIOLOGY: Influence of Environmental Factors, Diet and Herbs”. Judging from the rave reviews it immediately elicited in the academic circuits, that singular outing undoubtedly affirmed her impeccable originality as a scholar.

Henceforth, there was no more hiding place for the proverbial golden fish. International celebrities in her field like the Professor Russel Reiter Melatonin Research Team at Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, United States engaged her in collaborative work.

The highly regarded Physiological Society of United Kingdom inducted her as a fellow. Ditto the Physiological Society of Nigeria, PSN. Followed by the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution mitigation, SEPTPOM.

Following her assumption of the reins at LASU, it is a measure of her knack for industry, tenacity and excellence that the institution was able to scale rigorous hurdles to pass resource assessment by the Nigerian University Commission, NUC, in whopping 21 courses within two years. A feat unparalleled in the university’s 41 years of existence.

But while the prodigious Professor may now bask in the glory of her success, not many would know that she almost quit early on. Given her brilliant resume, she was tempted many times with a mouth-watering offer outside the academia in the ’90s. But her dad, Pa Meshack Ibidapo, constantly counseled her against seeking gratification in immediate material gain. The perceptive sage from Owo apparently saw what many didn’t see then. He lived to see his precocious daughter become Professor in 2007, but sadly not as LASU vice chancellor as he transited in 2018, few months before his 90th birthday.

Comfortingly, her mum — Mama Jadesola, the jewel of the Onigbanjo family of Lagos Island — witnessed her inauguration in 2021 and also saw her being bestowed with the coveted National Productivity award, a year before she too passed on at age 90.

Overall, the energy Professor Olatunji-Bello exerts in scholarly pursuits is only equalled by a fierce devotion to family. She is never shy to openly acknowledge that whatever success she might have recorded in her professional life is due substantially to the unqualified support from the soulmate she met way back at the University of Ibadan.

Indeed, the story of how her path and that of her husband’s crossed in early ’80s is the stuff of romance blockbuster. Dashing Tunji Bello, TB, was gunning for the Presidency of the UI Students Union Government, SUG, and took his campaign to the female hostel. Amid a stirring peroration during one such visit to the female dormitory, there was an eye-contact, then a chemistry and eventually marriage in 1989.

With a smile, Professor Tunji-Bello never tires to recall how she helped improvise TB’s campaign song from a hit entitled: “Let’s Go Dancing …. Hoola-la-la”, by pop rave then named “Kool & the Gang”. The line was adapted to: “Tunji Bello … Hoola-la-la”.

Being married to a journalist surely comes with peculiar challenges, especially at a trying period when the country chaffed under military despotism and writing a critical piece could mean gulag or letter-bomb. Regardless, she always supported her husband.

In the heat of the struggle against the annulment of June 12 in 1993, her husband became a target being one of MKO’s media strategists and Concord editors. For several weeks between June 23 and August 26, 1993 when IBB was “disgraced” out of power, TB had to constantly be on the move, sleeping in different hotels to beat security goons detailed to hunt down opposition.

While journalism means constant travels and TB’s latter engagement in public service to Lagos State translated to returning home at odd hours often, the heavy burden of raising their children according to Godly values fell largely on the Professor.

It is to her credit that they have all turned out to be successful, adorable and well-behaved today. The first, Temitope, is today a registered cardiologist in the United States. The second, Deji, is a young engineer with a Master’s degree. While the “baby of the house”, Lamide, is a lawyer based in the United Kingdom, having bagged her Master’s from London School of Economics.

Daughters always inherit something from their mothers. Prof inherited from her late mum a passion for evangelism. She did a programme in theology, to prepare her as the Zonal Pastor in charge of zone 9 of Lagos Province 1 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Apart from officiating the weekly service somewhere in Lekki, she runs a care clinic in the church to support the needy, counsel the traumatized and mentor the young ones.

Again, it is a measure of her spirit of tolerance that after preaching the scriptures, she returns home to be with her Muslim husband. Her Christian faith will not stop her from ensuring that provisions are made for her husband’s fasting during Ramadan and the celebration of Sallah.

By way of special appreciation, let it also be acknowledged now that her demonstrable policy of “peaceful co-existence” also benefited “OPEC” immensely over the decades, being the very fore-bearing spouse of its Life President, with KK (Comrade Kayode Komolafe) as Vice President.

At the height of its corporate glory, not once did she ever obstruct the summits nor disrupt the smooth operations of “OPEC”. As the Secretary General of that restricted club, yours sincerely can affirm that her attitude has always been pacifist when such summits held to her knowledge or within her purview.

Rather, she would intensify “prayers” to render OPEC’s oil blocks completely extinct, sooner than later. (Those still in the dark concerning “OPEC” are respectfully directed to consult those who know.)

Here is wishing Prof happy birthday and many happy returns of the day in robust health and fine spirit.


The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, mni, has been announced a recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The announcement was made by the National Productivity Centre, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment via publications in the Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday, 29th May and The Nation Newspaper of Tuesday 30th May 2023.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award is an award of Dignity instituted by the Federal Government to recognize hard work and excellence among deserving Nigerians.

A Professor of Physiology, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, assumed office as LASU’s 9th Substantive and second female Vice Chancellor, on Monday, 20th September 2021 with a clear vision to lead the University to become the best in West Africa.

She has since her assumption galvanized the University to national and international reckoning, with several accolades – one of which is LASU’s rating as the Best University in West Africa in the U.I Greenmetirics Global Ranking – serving as a testament to her transformational leadership. The award is also a recognition of the positive impact she has made as a leader and as a catalyst for productivity and development in the country.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, mni, an alumna of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS),
is also a recipient of a plethora of individual honours, the latest being her conferment with the Award of Fellow of the National Labour Institute (FNIL) by the Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) earlier in May 2023.

We are LASU, we are great.

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Coordinator, Centre for Information and Public Relations, LASU.

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We had the honour of hosting the former Governor of Lagos State and Minister of Works and Housing, Dr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, who delivered the Keynote Address at the 5th Research and Innovation Fair of @lasuofficialpage, on Tuesday.



Eid Mubarak my dear diligent, competent and hardworking colleagues, world-class students and other respected stakeholders.

I thank Almighty Allah for making it possible for us to witness another Eid-El-Kabir festival which honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (AS) as an act of obedience to Allah’s command.

Eid-El-Kabir is a symbolic event in the history of mankind, given the bountiful rewards that followed the patience and perseverance of Prophet Ibrahim, who held on tenaciously to his faith in Allah despite being afflicted.

As we celebrate this holy and joyous occasion, I urge us all to imbibe the lessons of the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim and work for the unity, peace and progress of the University, Lagos State and the nation as a whole. I pray that the Almighty Allah (SWT) in his infinite mercies forgives us all our sins and bestows his blessings on us all. May his blessings light up our paths and lead to happiness, peace and success.

Finally, as we celebrate, I urge us to use this occasion to pray for the repose of the souls of two of our dear colleagues, Prof. Lai Oso of our Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, and Mr. Ganiu Abdulateef Olalekan of our Non-Academic Staff Establishment who recently lost their lives under painful circumstances. May their souls continue to find rest. Amen.

Once again, Eid Mubarak!

We Are Lasu. We Are Great.

Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji – Bello, mni, NPOM
Vice Chancellor.


Governor of  Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday 21st February 2024, received the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello,  mni, NPOM, and the Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, on the joint hosting of the FASU 11th African University Games, at Lagos House, Marina.

The Chairman,  Sports Council, Prof Simeon Dosunmu and the Director of Sports, Dr. Segun Olawunmi, were also at the meeting.




The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, on Monday, 29th May 2023 joined other well-meaning Nigerians at the 2nd term Inauguration of Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the Lagos State University, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu. The Inauguration, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, attracted dignitaries from all walks of life in the State as Mr. Sanwo-Olu took oath of office for a final 4 years.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who noted that the Governor’s second term was well-deserved pointed out the numerous developmental strides that the state had experienced under his transformations leadership. She asserted that LASU has been particularly lucky to have him at the helm of affairs as he has shown personal interest not only in the institution but in the education sector at large.

The Vie Chancellor, was joined at the inauguration by members MOWLAS and MOMLAS, all adorned in uniformed clothes to add colour to the event.

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To produce graduates who will be catalysts to the process of transformation of the State to a Greater Lagos

To make the teaching, research and general work environment conducive and of international standard.


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In recognition of her role in the promotion of the welfare and well-being of workers, the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, mni, has been conferred with the award of Fellow of the National Labour Institute (FNLI), by the Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.

The Fellowship award was conferred on the Professor of Physiology at the 40th Anniversary of the Institute held on Tuesday, 9th May 2023, at the MINILS Campus, Ilorin.

While conferring the award, Director-General, MINILS, Comrade Issa Aremu, mni, praised the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, for her labour-friendly leadership, which came to the fore during his visit to the Universiy for the signing of MOU between MINILS and LASU. He gave kudos to the Vice Chancellor for “…promoting decent work agenda” as generously alluded to by workers’ unions in the University, and urged her to continue in that spirit.

It is noteworthy that the professor of Physiology has a solid reputation for prioritising the welfare of workers in the University, a disposition that has earned her the nickname “Mama Welfare” by students of the institution.

She joined other eminent Nigerians such as the Minister of State, Labour and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo; President, Industrial Court, Kanyip Bakwaph Benedict; Director-General, National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor; Executive Secretary, TETFUND, Arc. Sony Echono; Director General, NECA, Comrade Adewale Oyerinde and NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, amongst others, to get the award.

The Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies, founded in 1983, is the only institution that provides labour education in Nigeria. It is empowered to grant academic and professional awards and to honour persons who make significant contributions to Industrial peace and harmony as elected or appointed public office holders.


The Youth Coalition for Education in Nigeria (YOCEN), on Monday, 15th May 2023, awarded the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, min, the “Amazon of Educational Transformation in Nigeria. The award was given in recognition of her “immense contributions societal advancement via Qualitative Service Delivery, Prudence Educational Advancement, Human Development, Youth Empowerment and a build for better society.” The Honour was presented to the Professor of Physiology at her office on the 6th Floor of Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, by a four-man representative of the YOCEN.


Determined to ensure that students learn under a conducive atmosphere and forestall the potential hazards inherent in the conduct of teaching and learning in crowded classes, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, has directed the immediate adoption of hybrid lectures for all general courses in the University.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, mni, also directed the adoption of the same method for Departmental classes with a large number of students.

The decision was reached after a meeting the Vice Chancellor held on Monday, 15th May 2023, with members of the University Management and Deans of Faculties in the University. During the meeting, the Vice Chancellor received briefing from the Deans concerning the need for bigger lecture rooms to accommodate courses with large numbers of learners and noted that the challenge of ample lecture space is not limited to Lagos State University in the face of a growing number of admitted students and mooted the idea of hybrid classes which was applauded by the Deans.

She assured that the facilities needed to prosecute the decision would be expeditiously provided.

The Vice Chancellor, thereafter led members of the University Management on an unscheduled visit to some lecture halls where she met with and addressed eager students on the development.

The hybrid lecture system would see some learners physically attend classes while others would be able to join live from their various destinations around the Campus, using a designated online platform.

Recall that the hybrid method of teaching is already being used for GNS courses in the university.

We Are LASU, We Are Great


On behalf of the University Management, I wish all dedicated and hardworking workers in our dear University, a happy Workers’ Day.

I salute the effort you put day in, day out, to see that Lagos State University not only sustains her upward trajectory of growth, but make significant leaps towards the attainment of our common vision to become the Best University in West Africa. I say THANK YOU for your service.

As an administration, we have consistently made your welfare a priority, and you can be assured of our commitment to maintain that interest. As I have always said, whatever is your right will be given to you without agitating for it.

I encourage you to remain committed to the LASU Project and continue to support our administration for the good of the University.

I pray that our labour shall not be in vain. Amen

We Are LASU, We Are Great.

Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni
Vice Chancellor.



Executives of the IBILE Forum, a socio-cultural group of Lagos indigines, on Wednesday, 12th April 2023, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji – Bello, mni, at her office on the 6th Floor, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Main Campus, Ojo. IBILE is an acronym for Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe.

The five-man delegation, led by the President, Dr. Mrs. Adeyemo, a retired Permanent Secretary in Lagos State, congratulated the Vice Chancellor, on the great job she is doing in the University while bringing other matters to her attention.

The meeting had members of the University Management in attendance, as well as, other functionaries of the University.


The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has signed a “Technical Affiliation Agreement” with two private colleges of education on Sandwich Degree programme, which is for a period of five years, for the first instance, and renewable based on performance.

The two colleges are Topmost College of Education, Ipaja in Agbado area of Lagos and Royal College of Education, Ifo, Ogun State. The agreement, endorsed during a signing ceremony, which took place at the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Ojo main campus, according to the university, is to provide educational services under the Sandwich Degree programme.

While signing the documents, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, reiterated the commitment of the university to providing not just quality education to students, but also to carry out cutting-edge research and contributing significantly to the development of society. Speaking on the collaboration, she said: “This partnership will enable us to provide more opportunities for quality education and skills acquisition to our students, as this will also make education accessible to the common man in line with Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) on education, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learn- ing opportunities for all.”

The university’s Deputy Registrar, Legal Unit, Mrs. O. Boyejo, while reeling out the terms of the partnership, explained that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) permits the partnering institutions using the statutory authority the Lagos State University to run their Sandwich Degree Programme and also making use of the university Expertise.

“This collaboration will allow only Lagos State University Senate- accredited courses in conjunction with the Faculty of Education to run at your institutions, under the partnership,” she said. At the event were members of the university management; representatives of two Colleges of Education; and LASU Director Sandwich Programme, Prof. John Adeogun, among others In another development, the university has parleyed no fewer than 16 heads security agents, including the Police and the Department for State Services (DSS) Divisions around the university environs on how to improve the security architecture of within and outside the university campus.

The Vice-Chancellor canvased for a greater synergy between the university and the security operatives during a town and gown meeting on crucial security parley, held at the university main campus with a focus of the protection of the lives and properties of members of staff and students of the university. Security operatives at the first-of-its-kind parley were the Divisional Police Officers of Trade-Fair Division, Igando Police Division, Sèmé Police Division, Isashi Police Division, Ilemba Hausa Police Division, Iba Police Division, Satellite Police Division, Ojo Police Division, Onireke Police Division, Ijanikin Police Divi- sion, Okokomaiko Police Division, Badagry Police Division, Festac Police Division, and Morogbo Po- lice Division, and Head of DSS, Ojo Zone, as well as members of the University Security Supervisory Committee and management. Speaking at the Council Chambers, venue of the meeting, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, commended the security officers for taking time to be at the meeting as well as for the great job done over time in keeping the community safe.


Members of the Independent Indigenship Verification Committee (IIVC) from the five divisions of Lagos State, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, at her office on the 6th Floor, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Main Campus, Ojo, on Monday.

The visit was as the IIVC exercise commenced, on Monday at locations in the main campus.

The verification committee is made up of internal and external members from the five divisions of the state, Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe (IBILE), who are responsible for screening applicants of Lagos State origin.

Strategy Goal 1 (TIMELINE: Continuous for 5 years)

To ensure that academic and professional programmes are and remain accredited by the relevant bodies

Strategy Goal 1 Continuation

The expansion of undergraduate programmes in the College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja with the establishment of two (2) new Faculties:


Department of Clinical pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
Department of Biopharmacy
Department of Pharmacognosy
Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and biotechnology
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology

  • A resourceful and dynamic Director of Quality Assurance will  be empowered.
  • Effective policies and directives shall be provided for various  academic departments  and units.
  • The Director of Academic Planning whose responsibility is to ensure the manpower  needs, in line with NUC  regulations for every  programme, will be  encouraged.
  • To provide guidance during programmes accreditations, students  admission processes and appointments of staff.

Strategy Goal 1 Continuation

Promote excellence and professionalism in all forms.

Promote merit in the appointments process

Encourage development of best global practices in teaching and learning strategies, research, counselling and techniques of class management.

Adherence to Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) in order to continue to get all our courses accredited.

Strategy Goal 2(TIMELINE:2021-2024 3yrs)

To make the university a research, innovation, and development hub for Lagos State and national development.

Academic staff will be encouraged to pursue researches in their fields of specialization.

Outcome of such researches shall be made available to industries and government for national economic growth.

Research and innovation culture, skills and management shall be made a priority for the university.

Modern facilities and state of the art research equipment shall be provided in specialized research centres for cutting edge scientific and technological researches

Policies for patents and ethics of research would be upheld

Effective collaboration would be made with industries, government research institutes, universities  locally and internationally.

Grants, fellowships, and supports would be sought from philanthropists, industries, international donors and government.

Relevant and current journals shall be acquired to promote research, innovation and development

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Highlights Of Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello’s First Year As LASU Vice Chancellor

Strategy Goal 1 Continuation

The expansion of undergraduate programmes in the College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja with the establishment of two (2) new Faculties:

Department of Nursing Science
Department of Radiography and Radiation Sciences
Department of Physiotherapy
Department of Medical Laboratory Science




Strategy Goal 3 (TIMELINE: Continuous for 5 years)

To ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved and readily available for seamless performance of administrative and academic duties

Enabling environment of scholarship for teaching, learning and community service shall be created.

Adequate facilities such as lecture theatres, laboratories, office equipment, sports and  recreational facilities and others shall be provided.

Constant electricity supply will be made available through renewable energy and power plant of the state.

More well-furnished offices will be provided.

Audio-visual teaching aids and electronic boards will be provided for seamless (physical and  virtual) teaching and learning processes.

Government’s support for speedy completion of all projects on our campuses shall be sought, in  particular, the Main Library building and students hostels.

Staff and students shall be supported to cope with the challenges of changing digital technology

Internet will be readily available for staff and students

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