COMUI Provost, Professor Olaopa Elected First Nigerian Board Executive of World Congress of Urology
The Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, FAS, on Saturday, October 20, was elected as a board executive of the highest decision making body for urologists in the world, the Societe Internationale d’Urology (World Congress of Urology). He will be the first Nigerian and the 4th African to be elected into such position in the 112 years of the body’s existence.
He was elected as the Chairman of the Membership Section for Africa and the Middle East at the 39th General Assembly of the body which held at Athens, Greece.
Professor Olaopa finished his medical school education in 1986 at the College of Medicine, Universityof Ibadan. He did his internship at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and his National Youth Service Corps at the Nigerian Airforce Medical Center Kaduna, from August 1987 to July 1988. He proceeded to the United Kingdom in 1990 where he had his residency program in General Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Urology. He had a brief session as a lecturer at the Urology Section of University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA from July 1999 to June 2000 before returning to Nigeria to take a lecturing job in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, where he teaches to date. He is also a honorary consultant to the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Professor Olaopa became a professor of urology in October 2007 and the Provost, College of Medicine in August 2016. He is presently the Program Director, PAUSA Initiative for Urological Training for Africa (PIUTA) Center for Anglophone West-Africa, UCH, Ibadan, Nigeria.
The Provost however, has had a tumultuous relationship with the medical students stemming from the introduction of the Health Professional Training Levy more than a year ago. The students organized a sit in protest, tagged #Noto100k against the levy, claiming the outrageous levy was not justified. On account of the protest, the College embarked on an 8-week strike.