Love Has a Face: Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Provost and Meets the Beneficiary Scholar of Her Sponsorship Initiative in Honour of Her Parents - Edward & Aduke Famuyide Scholarship Under the Sponsor-A-Student-Programme (SASP)

On 25th March, 2024, Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide, an alumna of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan of the class of 1997, paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Provost. Dr. Famuyide's visit was particularly special as it centred around her involvement in the Sponsor-A-Student Programme (SASP) of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI). The SASP initiative was started by the current administration to provide financial assistance to indigent students in pursuit of their education at the College.

Upon her arrival, Dr. Famuyide was warmly welcomed by the Provost and other officials of the College of Medicine, primarily the Deputy Provost, Professor A.F Adeniyi, the Secretary to the College, Mr. Emmanuel Odedele, and Dr. Olubukola Adesina, Coordinator, the Sponsor-A-Student Programme (SASP).

As palpable excitement and gratitude filled the Provost's Office, the Provost, Professor Olayinka Omgibodun FAS effusively expressed her appreciation for Dr. Famuyide's deliberateness in giving back to her alma mater through her ongoing contributions to the SASP initiative.

The Dr. Famuyide Sponsorship is established in honour of her parents, Professor Edward Famuyide  and Mrs. Aduke Famuyide, whom she described as educationalists. Prior to her mother’s retirement, she served as a committed and dedicated teacher at several schools, including Emmanuel College in Ibadan.

Dr. Famuyide, being a well-renowned paediatrician, centred her scholarship criteria on indigent medical students ranking in the top 25th percentile in paediatrics. She named the scholarship the "Edward and Aduke Famuyide Scholarship."

Dr. Famuyide equally took the time of her visit to meet with the beneficiary scholar of her scholarship. The interaction between Dr. Famuyide and the Edward and Aduke Famuyide scholar was nothing short of inspiring. It was a moment of heartfelt connection and shared aspirations as they discussed the student's academic journey and future goals.

In her speech, Dr. Famuyide expressed her joy in being able to support deserving students in their pursuit of education. She emphasized the importance of giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of medical professionals. It has become a pleasant routine for Dr. Famuyide to meet the beneficiary scholars of her scholarship. Since the previous beneficiary has graduated, she was excited to meet the present beneficiary, Mr. Samuel Ayeni.

The Provost speaking while hosting Dr. Famuyide in her office with Mr. Samuel Ayeni (Edward & Aduke Famuyide Scholar)

Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in the year 1997. She specializes in Neonatal Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medicine Center (UMMC). Dr. Famuyide joined the University of Mississippi Medicine Center as an Assistant Professor in 2008 thereafter, she became an Associate Professor in 2014. She is currently a Professor of Paediatrics, Bioethics, and Medical Humanities.

Her brilliance and outstanding performance in her medical field have been tremendous. She was a Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants. She was awarded a Master of Public Health from Jackson State University in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Bioethics in 2013 from Loyola University, Chicago. She also has participated in several faculty development initiatives through the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has been recognized as the Paediatric Physician Champion on the team that diligently worked on implementing the 10 steps to breastfeeding that was instrumental to the achievement of the Baby Friendly Designation by the University of Mississippi Medical Centre (UMMC).

Dr. Famuyide is a health services and community participatory researcher funded by the Community Foundation of North Mississippi through a WK Kellogg Foundation since 2015. She supports quality improvement initiatives statewide to promote breasting as a modality to reduce infant mortality.

It is the fervent hope of the Provost that Dr. Famuyide will be welcomed into our Department of Paediatrics as an adjunct member of faculty in the not to distant future. This will great enhance the work we do.

More Pictures from the Courtesy Visit

The Provost, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun receiving Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide in her office.

Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide pleasantly listens as Dr Olubukola Adesina, Chairperson, Sponsor-A-Student-Programme (SASP) shares the selection process for the award of the
Edward and Aduke Famuyide Scholarship, Ayeni Samuel looks on.

Ayeni Samuel (Edward &Aduke Famuyide scholar) giving his remarks and extended appreciation as Dr. Famuyide admiringly watches on

Dr. Famuyide whilst responding and sharing pearls of wisdom with her scholar.

The Provost, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun shares a laugh with Dr. Famuyide after presenting the College’s souvenirs to her.

The Management Team in a group picture with Dr. Famuyide

The College Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Odedele, with Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide (Both were primary school classmates at the University of Ibadan Staff School). Mr. Odedele was also a student of Mrs. Aduke Famuyide (Sponsor’s mother) at Emmanuel College (Secondary school).

From L-R: Mrs. Mary Aladelua, (Accountant, SASP) Dr. Olubukola Adesina (Chairperson, SASP), Mr. Emmanuel Odedele (The Secretary to the College), Ayeni Samuel (Edward and Aduke Famuyide Scholar), Dr. Mobolaji Famuyide , Professor Olayinka Omigbodun FAS (Provost, CoMUI), Professor A.F. Adeniyi (Deputy Provost, CoMUI) and
Mrs. Eunice Umoren (Administrator, SASP)



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