The 548th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ibadan will be delivered by Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo (CoMUI Alumnus MBBS Class of 1989), on Behalf of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in the College of Medicine.

Dear Elders, Colleagues, Staff, Students, Alumni, Friends & Well Wishers of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan,

I am delighted to announce that the 548th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ibadan will be delivered by our very own Professor J. A. Otegbayo of the Department of Medicine, on behalf of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Let us gather to watch one of our own, a great alumnus of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Class of 1989, a distinguished Professor of Medicine and the current Chief Medical Director of the Premier University’s teaching Hospital, the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

To this end, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. K.O. Adebowale FAS, mni cordially invites the general public to her 548th Inaugural Lecture to be delivered by Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo as he gives account of his academic journey and stewardship thus far.

The details of the event are given below:

Title: The Human Workhorse and Microbial Afflictions: Hepatitis B, Its Fatal Sting, and the Tragic Trajectory.

Date: Apr 18, 2024

Time: 05:00 PM West Central Africa

Venue: Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan

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Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun FAS

Professor of Psychiatry and Provost


Profile of Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo

Professor Jesse Abiodun Olubanjo Otegbayo, was born in Sekondi, Ghana to the family of the Late Pastor Israel Akanbi Otegbayo and Deaconess Florence Aduke Otegbayo. At different times he attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Sekondi, Ghana, Inigbo Methodist Primary School, Otan-Ile and Baptist Primary School, Ila-Orangun. He started his secondary education at Ila Grammar School, Ila-Orangun, then Methodist Grammar School, Otan-Ile. He later completed his secondary education at the Command Secondary School, Kaduna in 1983 and gained admission to study Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan in the same year. In 1989, he graduated MBBS and proceeded for the one-year internship programme at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife. In January1990, he proceeded to the Nigerian Navy Medical Centre, Urhiapele, Sapele in the then Bendel State for the mandatory National Youth Service.

Determined to become a specialist Physician, in 1992 he enrolled for, and underwent Residency Training at the University College Hospital, Ibadan in Internal Medicine, sub-specialising in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and obtaining the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) in 1998.

Jesse Otegbayo was appointed Lecturer 1 and Consultant Physician in the Gastroenterology unit in the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and the University College Hospital, Ibadan respectively in 1998. He rose through the ranks, becoming a Senior lecturer in 2002, Reader/Associate Professor in 2005 and full Professor in 2008.

Professor Otegbayo has received several grants, awards and fellowships some of which are the University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant in 1999 to study the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in gastroduodenal diseases, the Fidson Pharmaceutical grant to study the Safety and Efficacy of Omeprazole in dyspeptic patients, and the Recherche microbiologique pour le development grant, Luxembourg, to study liver-related autoantibodies and hepatitis viral markers in Nigerians with liver diseases. He also received the Megalife Health Sciences grant to study the effects of Livolin Forte on liver function among HIV/AIDS patients, the Union Internationale Contre Cancer (International Union Against Cancer) grant, in 2000, which he utilized at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Hospital, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the MacArthur Research Grant.

In 2002, he obtained a postgraduate certificate in Gastroenterology at the University of Tel-Aviv and the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Hashomer, Israel. Professor Otegbayo completed a master’s degree in Chemical Pathology and Immunology at the University of Ibadan in 2003 and was awarded the Fellowship of Recherche microbiologique pour le development for his doctoral work at the Laboratoire de Santé, Institute of Immunology, Luxembourg in 2006. He obtained a Ph.D. Immunology at the University of Ibadan in 2011.

He also obtained the prestigious Fellowship of the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow, United Kingdom (FRCP).

He serves as an examiner to several Universities and Hospitals in Nigeria, Cameroun, and Ghana for the medical school examinations, and for the Fellowship programme of the West African College of Physicians (WACP). He belongs to several local and international professional associations.

He has taught and supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ibadan,  the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University, Osogbo, University of Nigerian Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Babcock University/Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos and University of Buea, Cameroun, among others. He has been an examiner in Nigeria, and Ghana to the West African College of Physicians since 2005. His clinical and research interests cover Microbial Pathobiology in liver and gastrointestinal systems, particularly viral hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and Helicobacter pylori.

He was the maiden Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Member Editorial Board of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Board member, African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group. He has held several administrative positions, some of which are Chief Resident, Department of Medicine, UCH, President, Association of Resident Doctors, Vice President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Assistant Secretary, General Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), UCH, National Publicity Secretary, MDCAN, Member Oyo NMA State Executive Council (1995-1996 & 2006-2008), sub-Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine UI. Member. He is also a member of the Court of Governors, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Member, Board of Health, Jaja Clinic, Board Member, University College Hospital, Ibadan and Head, Department of Medicine, University of Ibadan.  Professor Otegbayo has served on local and international journal editorial boards like World Journal of Gastroenterology, Savannah Medical Journal, Journal of Hepatitis Research and Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is a reviewer to many local and international academic and professional journals. In 2014, he was awarded the Fellowship for the Professional Exchange Programme in Linguistics (PEPL) to study French in Ouagadougou by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO). He has also been involved in the assessment of candidates for Professorship in many Nigerian Universities.

Professor Otegbayo is a Chartered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Certified Fellow, International Professional Management (CFIPM) (UK), Fellow Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Health Service Administrators and was awarded the Integrity Icon of Nigeria (IION) by the Centre for Development and Excellence. He is presently a second-term Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital Ibadan, and President, Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN), 2021. In 2023, he obtained the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree of the National Postgraduate College of Medicine and the Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine (FNAMed).

Jesse has over a hundred scholarly papers in local and international journals, which are available in research and scientific databases, such as Scopus, Pubmed, Pubget, Medline, BiomedExperts, Labmeeting, Researchgate,, African Journals online among others. He has served as the Director of Clinical Services, Research and Training, and Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee to the UCH. He was a Consultant to the Federal University of Technology, Akure, for the establishment of the newly approved School of Health and Health Technology, Interim Director, West African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance, World Bank Consultant to the Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone; and maiden Chief Medical Director, University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex, Freetown (2016-2017). He served as a member to the International Relations Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology (2016-2022), United States of America. His research interests are in microbial pathobiology of the gut and liver, especially viral hepatitis, Helicobacter pylori and Liver cancer, as well as curriculum development and medical education.

He is married to Bolanle Omolara Otegbayo, a Professor of Food Science and Technology, and the Provost of the Postgraduate School in Bowen University, Iwo. They are blessed with wonderful children.

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