Professor (Mrs.) Adenike Oyinlola OSOFISAN (FNIM, FNCS, CITP) Citation for Nigeria Computer Society Special Recognition Award in 2014
Foremost Academic, Computer Scientist and Trail Blazer
She graduated in 1977 from the then University of Ile-Ife with a 2nd Class Upper Division Honours Degree in Computer Science/Economics. Her class was the first set of graduates in Computer Science to be produced by any Nigerian University. She took a Masters degree in Computer Science in 1979 from the famous Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 1989, she graduated to become the first Nigerian woman to hold a PhD degree in Computer Science and the first female to have a PhD degree from the Faculty of Technology of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She got a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme at the University of Ibadan in 1993.
She worked at the University of Ibadan as a Programmer between 1976 and 1978. From 1979, she lectured at the Polytechnic Ibadan, rising to the highest position of Senior Principal Lecturer and Head Department of Computer Science and being elected Dean, Faculty of Science, a position which she held until she joined the services of the University of Ibadan in 1997. Under her the Polytechnic Ibadan became the first polytechnic in Nigeria to achieve full accreditation for both ND and HND Computer Science programs from National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
She joined University of Ibadan as a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science department and she became the Acting Head of Computer Science department. She started Post Graduate programs in the department and concentrated on training more staff to acquire PhD degrees which significantly increased the number of staff having PhD degrees in Computer Science. She rose to full Professorship, effective from 2006, thus becoming the very first African Female Professor of Computer Science.
Professor Osofisan was the Pioneer President, Nigeria Women in Information Technology (IT) in 2003. In 2005, she became the first female President and Chairman of Council, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), and held the post till June 2009.
She is Fellow and Life Member, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and has served on the National Executive Council of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) for ten years, four (4) as Chairman Credentials Committee; another four (4) as Education Committee Chairman and two (2) as Chairman of the Publication Committee.
She has over 80 authored publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings and has received many national and international prizes, scholarships awards for the development of Information Technology and Computer Science Education in Nigeria and Africa.