Professor Clement Chukwuemeka Nwawolo of the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos will deliver the third (3rd) Inaugural Lecture in the 2017/2018 Academic Session on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:00p.m. in Ade Ajayi Auditorium (former Main Auditorium), UNILAG., Akoka. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, will preside over the Lecture entitled “A Tripartite of Routes into the Human Body: their Crucial Role in Health”. Members of the University Community and general public are cordially invited.
Prof. Clement Chukwuemeka Nwawolo was born on July 4, 1960 in Kano to the family of Mr. Vincent Nkemdilim Nwawolo (late) and Mrs. Caroline Adankwo Nwawolo who hails from Idumuje Unor Kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He had his primary education at Surulere Baptist School in Lagos from 1968 to 1971. He attended St. Pius the Xth Grammar School, Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State from 1972 to 1976 for his secondary education and Ansar – Ud – Deen College Isolo, Lagos for his Advanced Level education (1977 – 1978). He proceeded to the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery in 1978 and passed out with MBBS degree in 1983.
Professor Nwawolo had his internship at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (1983 – 1984) and observed the compulsory National Youth Service at Erin-Ile/Offa in Kwara State (1984 – 1985).
The Professor of Surgery had his brief stay working in a private Hospital in Lagos as a Medical Officer between 1985 and 1986. He started his Professional Postgraduate Training in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 1987 and passed the Final Examination of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1992. He was appointed Honorary Consultant to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in 1993. He also obtained Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeon (FWACS) in 1995. In 1997, he was awarded the Garnet Passe and Rodney Williams scholarship to Australia.
The amiable Professor of Otorhinolaryngology joined the service of the University of Lagos as a Lecturer I, in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos in 1993. He rose through the ranks and was promoted Senior Lecturer in 1998, appointed Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor of Surgery in 2009.
He has served the University of Lagos through teaching and training of over 3,000 Undergraduate Medical and Dental students in the College of Medicine from 1993 to date. He has also served the University and the Faculty in various capacities: member of Senate of the University of Lagos (2009 to date); Course Adviser in the Department of Surgery, University of Lagos (1997 – 2003); member of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Committee in Surgery department of the University of Lagos (1998 to date); Head of Otorhinolaryngology Unit, Dept. of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Lagos. 2002 to date; Professor and Head, Department of Surgery,College of Medicine, University of Lagos (2013 – 2016) and member of University of Lagos Medical Centre Board (2011 – 2016) among others.
He is an active member of many learned national and international associations including Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON);Pan African Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (PAFOS); Nigeria Surgical Research Society; International Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Societies (IFOS); Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS); European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI); International Medical Educators Leaders Forum (IMELF); African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC).
Professor Nwawolo has also served a number of Professional Bodies which include: Faculty Secretary, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (1997 – 2001); member of Senate, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (1997 – 2001); Examiner to the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (1995 to date); External Examiner to International Postgraduate Medical Colleges: West African College of Surgeons (2000 – date); Ghana Postgraduate College of Physicians and Surgeons (2010 – date); College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (2010 – 2013); Assistant Secretary General, West African College of Surgeons (WACS), 2001 – 2006; Secretary General, West African College of Surgeons (WACS), 2007 – 2013; Overall Chief Examiner, West African College of Surgeons (2007 – 2013); member of Council, West African College of Surgeons (2001 – 2017); member of Several Committees of West African College of Surgeons (2001 – date); member of Anglophone and Francophone Postgraduate Medical Education Curriculum Harmonization Committee of the West African Health Organization (WAHO); member of Curriculum Development Committee of the Liberian Postgraduate College of Physicians and Surgeons (by Special Invitation from the Government of Liberia), 2013; member of Ministerial Committee that Reviewed Postgraduate Medical Education in Nigeria (2011 – 2012); Chairman, Governing Council, Delta State College of Physical Education, Mosogar, Delta state (2010 – 2015); Secretary General, Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) being the first non-South African Surgeon to be elected to this post (2017 – date).
The Prolific Researcher has attended over 34 Scientific Conferences, presented over 30 Scientific Conference papers nationally and internationally and delivered over 8 Guest lectures. He has published 70 scientific articles in learned journals to date. He has published one book and contributed chapters to a textbook. He has successfully supervised over 30 postgraduate Fellowship dissertations and participated in the training of over 70 Otorhinolaryngologists in Nigeria. He jointly supervised one PhD thesis in the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics with Prof. P. G. C. Odeiga.
Professor Clement Chukwuemeka Nwawolo is happily married with four children.
Buses will depart from the foyer of the Administrative Block for the Auditorium in Akoka at 3.00 p. m. prompt. The Provost enjoins all members of staff and students to turn out en-masse for the lecture to honour our Inaugural Lecturer in the tradition of the College