Titilayo Fakeye: Dean of the Month

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Professor Titilayo Oyelola Fakeye is the current dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. A professor of clinical pharmacy & pharmacy practice, she has done a lot of work on herb-drug interaction and safety issues, among others.

Fakeye attended Our Lady’s Girls’ High School, Modakeke, in Osun State, from 1976 to 1982. Thereafter, she gained admission into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where she studied Pharmacy, from 1983 to 1988. In 1992, she bagged her master’s degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, in 1999, and obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology from the same institution.

Fakeye had her one-year internship programme at Wesley Guild Hospital, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, between 1988 and 1989. She subsequently had her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at the General Hospital, Gboko, Benue State, between 1989 and 1990. She returned to work as pharmacist (Grade I) at OAUTH, between 1990 and 1991, after which she switched to academia.

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Fakeye joined University of Ibadan in 1993 as assistant lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology & Clinical Pharmacy. She was promoted to lecturer II in 1995 and then to lecturer I in 1998. She became a senior lecturer (2001 to 2008), and then promoted to reader, from 2008 to 2013, when she was made a professor.

Ever willing to learn and hungry for fresh knowledge, even as a PhD holder, Fakeye enrolled at the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) and became a Fellow in 2013. She also obtained the special PharmD at the University of Benin, in 2018.

Prior to her emergence as the dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Ibadan, she had served as the acting head of department, Pharmaceutical Microbiology & Clinical Pharmacy (2002-2003). She was also acting head of department, Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Administration (2003-2005 and 2010- 2016).

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Professor Fakeye was a resource person for WAPCP (2014-2020). She was a member of the Senate Committee on Health Board, University of Ibadan, between 2016 and 2017. She was the convener, Faculty of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee, from 2017 till 2023. She was also a member of the Senate Curriculum Committee, from 2017 till 2023.

Outside of the University of Ibadan, the professor of clinical pharmacy & pharmacy practice was a member of the Governing Council of Babcock University, from 2010 to 2020. She was a member of the National Universities Commission (NUC)’s Verification Panel to University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, for the Pharm.D programme. She has also served as external examiner for B.Pharm, M.Sc. and PhD in various universities, from 2008 to date.

Prof. Fakeye was a postdoctoral Fellow of the Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India (September 2005 – March 2006). She was also a visiting scholar (July – September, 2007) at Shanghai Institute of Modernisation of Traditional Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Shanghai, China; and a visiting scholar at the SUNY, at Buffalo, in 2011.

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Fakeye worked in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Administration of the Obafemi Awolowo University (2008-2009) and the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, University of Lagos (2019-2020), while on sabbatical. She has over 75 peer-reviewed publications and she has attended several local and international conferences and workshops.

Fakeye received training in Internal Quality Assurance in West Africa (TRAINIQAfrica), from March 2015 to June 2016. One of her major areas of research focuses on “Implementation of Research in Pharmacy Practice”.

A professional to the core, the dean is a member of professional bodies, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and the National Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA).

Professor Fakeye is married, and blessed with three children.

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