500-level Medical Student Emerges Bowen Varsity One-Day VC

A 500-level MB,BS student, Master Mayomikun Olawale has emerged as one-day Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.

Bowen Varsity VC, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole and one-day VC, Olawale

Olawale beat Master Victor Adeyemo ( 500 Level MB,BS student and Master Barnabas Madoghwe (400 Level Law student) as first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

Olawale, who acted as VC on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, enjoyed all the paraphernia of office  of the Vice-Chancellor, including collection of allowances, presiding over the Senate and other privileges.

According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Toba Daramola, “the One-day Vice-Chancellor contest was in fulfillment of the commitment of the University as seen in her vision, mission and core values, which are presented as:

“Vision:To be a foremost Christian institution of excellence – building God-fearing leaders, defining the future.

“Mission:Creating a conducive and dynamic teaching, learning and research environment that equips our graduates with Christ-like character, positive attitude and sterling leadership qualities.

“Core Values:(i) Godliness (ii) Excellence (iii) Entrepreneurship; (iv) Innovation; and (v) Social Responsibility”.

Olawale performing functions of VC

Speaking further, Daramola said:”In deepening the Vice-Chancellor’s agenda towards student-centred learning, mentoring and integration, there was a call for a One-day Vice-Chancellorship contest amongst students.

“The platform provides an opportunity for students of Bowen University from 300-Level and above to vie for the position of the Vice-Chancellor, making way for students’ participation in University administration.

“The successful applicant will have full responsibility of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for one-day (24 hours) as well as the paraphernalia of office”.

Speaking on how the one-day VC emerged, the university’s image maker said:”One thing that many observers of the one-day “ceremony” might be unaware is the enormous amount of labour (sweat and blood) that went into the project. Beyond the one-day event, there were series of considerations starting from the planning, prequalification and qualification stages.

“A call was made with conditions based on current academic and moral standings. Then a computer-based test on leadership, local knowledge and the like. Afterwards, a book review and other selection criteria. Finally, there was an election. But for the effect of COVID-19, there were other stages, such as Internship in partnership with Stutern and EduBridge Academy and interactions with industry leaders.

“A week to the assumption of office saw a series of training and interactions with leaders on campus, including all Principal Officers as well as the Vice-Chancellor”.

He added:”All these were put together to ensure that Bowen University raises godly and excellent leaders of today who define the future. Management’s dream and pursuit is the building of character and excellence in students who from today will define our tomorrow”.


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Leadership Training: Bowen VC Vacates Office For One-Day Student Vice-Chancellor To Administer

Prof Joshua Ogunwole ,VC Bowen during the handover exercise to Mr Olawale Mayomikun the ”One day VC”

Bowen University’s administration style took a new dimension last Wednesday when the  Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor  Joshua Ogunwole vacated his office for an elected student to take over the administration of the university as an acting Vice-Chancellor of the Ivory Tower for one day.

At the official presentation of the elected student for the post,  Mayomikun  Olawale a 400L, Medicine and Surgery to assume the mantle of the  Vice Chancellorship of the institution for 24 hours,  the Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations,  Honorable   Adaramola  Toba stated that the Vice-Chancellor’s agenda towards student-centred learning, mentoring and integration, informed the introduction of the  One-day Vice-Chancellorship contest among the students by the Vice-Chancellor. 

According to him, the platform provided an opportunity for students of the university from 300 Level and above with not less than 4. 0 CGPA to vie for the position.

He said: “Many students from all the colleges in the institution who met the entry criteria applied for the contest.  Aside from their current academic and moral standings, they were engaged in series of computer-based test on leadership, book review and other selection criteria before the final election by the students, which saw  Mayomikun  Olawale as an overall winner of the keen elections.

“But for the effect of COVID-19, there were other stages, such as Internship in partnership with Stutern and Edu-Bridge Academy and interactions with industry leaders.

“A week to the assumption of office  Olawale went through a series of training and interactions with leaders on campus including all the  Principal Officers and the Vice-Chancellor himself.

“All these were put together to ensure that Bowen University raises godly and excellent leaders of today who define the future. Management’s dream has been is the building of character and excellence in students who from today will define our tomorrow.  The top three contestants were Olawale, Mayomikun a 400 Level MBBS, Adeyemo Victor a  400 Level MBBS student, came second while Madoghwe Barnabas a 400 Level Law student, came third in the election.  

According to him, the vision was conceived during the first semester of the 2019/2020 session and on  December 2, 2020, after  eight months of screening exercises, he was announced as the first-ever Student-Vice Chancellor elect.

His words: “It was a memorable day for me and a truly thrilling experience. I appreciate the management and students of this great institution for the wonderful opportunity to serve and learn. Worthy of mention is my firsthand experience with leadership and management at the top level. I was privileged to put in practice all I have learnt over the years, and also during the seven days of preparation for university governance.

“As the Vice-Chancellor, I presided over a meeting with Principal officers of the university, during which important management decisions were made. I interacted with members of the Bowen Community, present at the university worship centre and chaired a Special Senate meeting, where key issues were discussed and resolved. I met with representatives of the Student Body and 100L students who are just settling into campus life. In general, I was challenged and my intellectual capabilities were put to test.

“This experience has taught me a lot as a young leader. The coaching and mentoring will remain evergreen in my memory. One notable lesson is that leadership is no avenue to flaunt authority or lord it over subordinates. Leadership is service; Authentic leadership is measured by the number of people one serves. A true leader’s desire is not to shine but to accept responsibility and achieve results. Another important lesson I learnt is that a leader does not work in isolation; a strong team makes a strong leader! It is important to provide one’s team with a feeling of oneness, inter-dependence and of strength to be derived by unity. As Professor Joshua Ogunwole advised me, “Don’t take your subordinates for granted; don’t look down on anyone; respect everyone! Make them know you love them.”

“Being the Vice-Chancellor for a day changed my viewpoint about several things, particularly the intricate workings of the university system. I had always believed that the Vice-Chancellor had the final say in every university matter but I learnt that He is only first among equals. I thought to myself, ‘Be careful about wrong perceptions. Don’t stand on the table of perception especially if you don’t see the entire picture.’

“This is truly a remarkable moment in my life and I would love to appreciate my wonderful parents, Dr and Mrs Olawale, and my siblings for all their support and care. I also appreciate my friends and wonderful colleagues. It would be a blatant lie if I said I did this alone. I appreciate all members of staff of Bowen University, and all students for their cooperation, support and love. I especially appreciate Professor Joshua Ogunwole (Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University) and Dr Femi Oladele for mentoring me to become a better and great leader. I cannot end this without special thanks to my amazing colleagues and teammates, Victor Adeyemo and Barnabas Madoghwe. There would be no feat to celebrate if not for you.

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Health Sector Reform: Bowen VC Calls For Synergy Among Medical Practitioners

The Vice Chancellor Bowen University Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole (fourth left); Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Olubanjo Otegbayo, (fifth left) and other principal and senior staff of the Bowen University at the 5th induction ceremony of medical graduating students of university, held recently

The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has advised all medical practitioners in the Nigerian health sector to collaborate in their attempt to reform the country’s health sector.

Professor Ogunwole gave this advice at the 5th induction ceremony of the medical graduating students of the institution, held recently.

According to him, any effort put in place by the medical practitioners to foster unity in service delivery at all levels would enhance efficiency in the healthcare sector and the development would go a long way to boost productivities in the system.

His word: “If there is anything I honestly wish for, among all the healthcare practitioners, it is unity and purposeful collaboration, a non-discriminating system of operation. This is because, over the years, I have noticed the unhelpful, unproductive dichotomy between medical doctors and other health personnel in the sector. We must remember that all members of the body are interconnected.

“In an ideal environment, Bowen University is advocating for a student of medicine and surgery to see a student of nursing science, pharmacists, and others as fellow practitioners in the medical field, working together as a team in the sector without discrimination. Because of the sensitivity of your service to humanity, as health officers in the community, you must dissociate yourself from unnecessary agitation and complaints without proffering solutions that are well thought out.”

While the VC commended the parents for their contributions to ensure that their children were inducted as medical doctors today, he enjoined the newly licensed medical doctors to explore new frontiers of knowledge and become distinguished professional and practitioners in the field.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Provost, College of Health Science of the institution, Professor Samuel Eyesan, thanked the university administration for its determination to build a medical school in which the products would practice medicine with godliness and excellence. He disclosed that the university has committed resources to the development of other programmes in the college, which he said included medical laboratory, science nutrition and dietetics and public health.

Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Olubanjo Otegbayo in his lecture entitled: “Medical Practice in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era: The Role of Young Doctors in Effecting the Change,” encouraged the inductees to set out as early as possible on the path of specialization through the residency training programme as a way to be relevant and effect change in the system.

He noted that a sizeable number of health workers had lost their lives in the line of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said called for eternal vigilance and stringent practice of preventive measure that are well known to be effective in protecting the care–providers

According to him, health education is still a strong pillar in curbing the spread of COVID-19, stressing that physicians needed to be proficient in soft skills, which he said include communication, self-motivation, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, problem-solving, decisiveness, ability to work under pressure and time management.

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Speech delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University during the 5th Induction Ceremony of MBBS Graduates – (Thursday, 3rd December, 2020)



I am delighted to be here today to witness the induction of the fifth (5th) set of medical doctors by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). This is because, God has helped us to sustain our accreditation status since inception. Congratulations are therefore in order. Congratulations are due to current students who are guaranteed of unbroken academic calendar. Utmost congratulations to the University for producing another set of distinguished leaders who will define the future. Congratulations again to our graduates and to the Baptist nation for fulfilling another mandate which includes education, missions and health outreaches.

Doctors and I dare say Medical Doctors are watchmen over our health and wellbeing. However, you are no ordinary Medical Doctors – you are different, being built up in an environment given to the development of leaders under an atmosphere of godliness and excellence.

We have done our best to raise you as Africa’s hope for a better today, do your best to manifest these virtues and excel.


My amiable Bowenians in whom I am well pleased, remember that you are the symbol of the spirit and aspirations of the new and evolving Bowen. The symbol of Bowen’s desire to cultivate talent, reward excellence, and reach for the world’s topmost standards. In other words, you are a symbol of Africa’s aspirations to stand tall and conquer.

I like to draw your attention to a verse of the Scriptures taken from the Book of Prophet Jeremiah:
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (Jeremiah 8:22; NIV).

Currently, as we are all aware, it appears that the world is helpless in dealing with our health situation with diverse destructive ailments and illnesses – Ebola Virus, Lassa fever, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and of course the dreaded COVID-19. So, I dare ask you – is there no Physician here? You have been called into a noble profession, where kings and nobles, the downtrodden and impoverished look up to you for medical help and care. You must therefore work, such that the last part of Jeremiah 8:22 is not required from you.

Please do not only attend to the medical/health concerns of a patient, but also see to the total wellbeing by providing all-round care required to make a wholesome and fulfilled personality. This syncs accurately with your trainings in Bowen University that combines Godliness and Excellence which is aimed at the total man who defines the future.

While most of you think this day is about you, note also that there are key actors, which God used to bring you to this point. First, I like to mention and acknowledge God, the Almighty, who is the source of all understanding and wisdom. Members of your family, especially your parents and benefactors, relatives and significant others who have encouraged, guided, and likely funded much of your way to this point deserve significant applause. Note that the funding for your Medical Science studies has been significant. Don’t ever forget your teachers and support staff who laboured over you; make sure their labours are not in vain.


The world’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Nigeria’s race to maintain favourable economic indices characterise the period of your induction. Given these challenges, what was normal is now history – we must accept the new normal. This involves your tenacity to upscale your competence and capacity to surmount current and future challenges.

Speech delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University during the 5th Induction Ceremony of MBBS Graduates – (Thursday, 3rd December, 2020)

I must also add that you have been presented with a great opportunity to explore new frontiers of knowledge horizons and become distinguished professional practitioners. This season should therefore not be a confusing time, but a demanding and challenging time. Demanding, because it requires more than normal level thinking and activity including multitasking. And challenging, because it presents a terrain we are not exactly used to. Your training should find relevance in this season.

We are working assiduously to ensure that our students are able to engage with disruptive and transformative technologies in the healthcare sector for productive sustainability. Our students are encouraged to think critically about how technology can enhance and impact patient care. Let me also add that artificial intelligence is on our radar of emphasis as we proceed on our path to becoming foremost in our various degrees of training in healthcare as well as other disciplines interwoven to the building of God- fearing leaders that will define the future.

We are watching for a time when our students will develop technology solutions of their own including prototypes to resolve challenging issues in the new normal.


If there is anything, I earnestly wish for amongst all healthcare practitioners, it is unity and purposeful collaboration, a non-discriminatory system of operation and collaboration; where one is not for Paul, while the other, also, is not for Apollos but a system where love permeates and working together appears seamless, upholding the Bowen University mantra of “Together, we are Stronger” and not just in words but also in truth and in deed.

This is because, over the years I have noticed and clamoured against the unhelpful, unproductive and regressive dichotomy between medical doctors and the others – we must remember that all members of the body are interwoven, intertwined and interconnected.

In 2 Samuel 10:11 (KJV), there is a big insight for us to glean from. I quote, “And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.” Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, public health scientists and others are to collaborate and not discriminate. In an ideal environment which Bowen University is advocating for, a student of Medicine and Surgery should see a student of Nursing Science as a fellow brother or sister, collaborating, without any iota of discrimination.

It is majorly in Nigeria and probably Africa that such discrimination is apparent. More responsibility is therefore, placed on medical doctors as leaders and it behoves them to show humility and inclusiveness, respect and regard for other health practitioners who are professionals in their own rights. God forbid that Bowen University will produce carnal doctors; for the oil of God’s approval will never rest on the flesh of carnality. Therefore, if you desire to succeed in this profession, and to be a world acclaimed professional- this is the path to toe. A path where everyone is important and everybody is somebody.

I have mentioned it and I like to restate here that the College of Health Sciences must look into ways of bridging the age long gap by exploring ways of creating shared learning introduced at the undergraduate level into their clinical classes. This will definitely promote an understanding of each other’s roles and achieve a positive attitudinal change resulting in a more cohesive relationship through acknowledgement of peculiar valued identities. This is the message I desire your practice to convey to the health sector of this nation and the rest of Africa.


In all professional fields, collaboration is what works – it increases motivation, reduces errors, increases effectiveness and reduces the weaknesses of professional performance. I must note that patient’s recovery depends on your ability to effectively collaborate with other healthcare providers to deliver creative and sustainable solutions, especially in cases requiring complex treatments.

Values of teamwork is a sine qua non for optimal healthcare service delivery and should be upheld by all of you. Be great team players.

Speech delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University during the 5th Induction Ceremony of MBBS Graduates – (Thursday, 3rd December, 2020)


As you head onward into the future, you will be allowed into people’s lives because of your trainings in a way that is uncommon for others. You will see amazing things. And you will develop extraordinary abilities.

But always remember the following Bible passages in all your dealings:

“…. Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).

“Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthian 10:31).

I like to also remind you that today’s event, though generally termed (a) ceremony, is to be seen as solemn; remembering the spirit of God’s word in Numbers 30:2 “If a man vows a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”. Please take this induction very serious and mean every word.

Never forget your humanity, or that of your patients. They are people, not just a collection of specialised body parts. They have unique life-stories, linked to their place in families, communities, and societies, with women and girls often occupying the lowest place. These circumstances have a profound impact on illness and healing. Be prepared to be accountable for everything you do; be prepared to welcome your patients’ participation in decisions about their care; be prepared to devote your professional energies not only to your patients’ needs but also to the unmet health needs of our society as a whole.

Always remember, following the words of William Osler (William Osler was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital), that, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” Never neglect your connection with the Great Physician.


Today, your many years of hard work, dedication and commitment is apparent and your years of study and learning are being transformed into emerging and promising careers. You will be faced with diverse opportunities and you will need to make informed choices. So, I charge you today to commit your hearts to optimising your hindsight, insight and foresight for effective decisions that guarantee productive sustainability.

I urge you to proceed with intentional gait and glow, not just about your current achievement, also with the realisation that what lies ahead is far greater than can be imagined. I must quickly add that you must instantly dismiss unnecessary agitations and complaints without proposed solutions that are well thought out.

You have been immersed in an environment that stimulates creativity and innovation, often with a distinctly Bowen touch. Prove your mettle!

Our desire is to see you excel and make your Alma Mater proud.
Go on in this thy might and set the nations ablaze to the glory of God as you define the future.

God bless you all
God bless your parents/sponsors
God bless Bowen University
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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