B.Sc., Ph.D., Home Economics/Nutrition PGDE, Postdoc. Fnsn, fifhe/hepan
Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Nigeria
Professor LilianImuetinyan Salami was born on the 8th of August 1956 to the family of Late Benjamin Idemudia Emovon and Mrs. Alice Omoariagbon both from Obadan Community in Uhunmwode Local government Area of the Benin Kingdom. She attended Baptist High School and Itohan Girls Grammar School both in Benin /city from 1969 – 1975. Thereafter, she gained admission into the North Dakota Universisty in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where she obtained a BSc degree in Home Economics in 1979. She subsequently obtained a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the same University in 1982.
Professor Salami returned to Nigeria to observe her National Youth Service (NYSC) in 1982 and proceeded to obtain her PhD degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1991. Due to her passion for education, she studied for and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Education by the University of Benin in 2001 and a Postdoctoral degree in Tourism and Hospitality, this time from the Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa in 2005.
This highly productive Academic started her career as Research Assistant in North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, United States of America, in 1979. Subsequently, she returned to Nigeria and was employed as Assistant Lecturer by the ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, in Oyo State, Nigeria. Thereafter, she proceeded to the Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, and later to the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria where she rose to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1994. She returned to the University of Benin in 1994. She rose to become a Professor in 2005.
Prof. Lilian Imuetinyan Salami is hardworking, Purposeful and result-oriented. In recognition of her attributes, she has been appointed to several positions of trust and responsibility in the University of Benin. They include:
It is worthy of note that Professor Salami is the first female Professor and first female Dean in the Faculty of Education, University of Benin. At the commencement of her second term as Dean of the faculty of Education, Professor Salami was on the 1st of August 2016, appointed by the Federal Government as the Director General/Chief Executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA, NIGERIA) Ondo State; a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Education. Her excellent performance in transforming NIEPA has attracted the attention of the host community and other persons. Three years into her appointment as Director- General/CE, she was on the 26th of October, 2019 appointed as the tenth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin by the University’s Governing Council after a credible and transparent interview process. This astute Administrator, experienced academic, out-standing Educationist and strategic planner is and the second female Vice chancellor and the first indigenous female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin.
In her teaching career, she has taught courses in general areas of Home Economics with a bias in Nutrition. Her research focuses on nutrients supplementation, overweight concerns and management. Professor Salami has publications in excess of 75 reference articles and proceedings.
She has served as editor, co-editor and consulting editor to many journals both nationally and internationally.
She has been keynote Address Presenter in numerous conferences including the 2017Ondo State Education summit, 14th International Nutrition conference in Calabar, 2nd National Home economics Conference in Abakiliki, 5th National Vocational andTechnical Educators’ conference in Uyo and 5th Biennial Home economics Research Association of Ghana, Winneba, 2019, Benin women Conference amongst others. On the 30th of August, 2018, Professor Salami presented her inaugural lecturetitled “If the scientistdon’t know, how can I? Is it a case oftoo much information”? Which was the 206th inaugural lectureseries of the University of Benin. This, as it were, marked aturningpoint in the career of this multi- disciplinary and eruditeScholar.
Professor Salami is a fellow of the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE),Nutrition society of Nigeria (NSN) and Home Economics Professional Association of Nigeria (HEPAN). She was the pioneer president of Home Economics Teachers’Association of Edo State and a steering member of Home Economics Council of Nigeria.She was also a pioneer member of African Nutrition leadership programme, South Africa.
A quintessential award winner, Professor Lilian Salami has received numerous honoursand award which include:
Widely-travelled, Professor Salami is a member of the Advisory Committee on (Benin forum) to His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, of Benin Kingdom. She has participated in activities that help to portray the rightful pride of place for Benin women such as seminars, workshops and conferences. As part of community service, she is a Member of OtuAdolor-Edo, Member of Borno State Home Economics Advisory Board, Consultant to Adamawa State Agricultural Development Programme, Member of the committee on National Programme for Monitoring the Nutritional Status of Children and Mothers in Nigeria, and Member of Lactation Support Group of the North Eastern Nigeria.
She has also been involved in initiatives to improve the quality of lives of people including the physically challenged. No wonder she has been an active and valued member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of People with Disabilities, NAPVID.
Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami is married and blessed with children and grandchildren.
(Ph.D.) FSNA, FIPMD, JP
Deputy Vice Chancellor Ekenwan, University of Benin, Nigeria
Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, University of Benin, Nigeria
Deputy Vice Chancellor Administrator, University of Benin, Nigeria