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Ebunoluwa Olufemi Oduwole
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)
Member: Department of Philosophy Olabisi Onabanjo University; Faculty Member: Centre for Bioethics and Research


Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun-State
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Prof (Mrs.) Ebunoluwa Olufemi Oduwole a Philosopher, scholar, distinguished,  and  seasoned Administrator of proven competence, dedication and integrity, is a Professor of African Philosophy and Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. She has taught and served Olabisi Onabanjo University in various capacities for over thirty years. She was formerly the Head of Department in the Department of Philosophy, the Director of General and Entrepreneurial Studies, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun –State, Nigeria. She holds a PhD, M.A., B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and an MSc. in Bioethics from Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands and University of Padova, Padova, Italy a consortium of Universities. She was a member of the Teaching Commission, Erasmus Mundus Masters in Bioethics 2011/2012 Session. She has published both locally and internationally in reputable academic journals and books. Her research interest covers the area of African Philosophy and Studies, Ethics and Bioethics, and Gender Studies. Her recent research interest focuses on global issues in Bioethics. She is a member of the Philosophers Association of Nigeria Association (PAN), Bioethics Society of Nigeria, the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, Faculty Member, West African Bioethics Program and the current Editor of BEonline Journal of the West African Bioethics Training Program. She is also a member of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Health and Research Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Indigenous Linguistic and Cultural Concepts of Heritability and Comprehension of Genomics Research in Nigeria (Indigene) Study Supplement led by Prof Clement Adebamowo (PI) and her area of input in the creation of online study materials on ethical review of genomic research centered on “The Ethical Consideration of Return of Results and Incidental Findings in Genomic Research in Africa”. She is the Chairperson of the 2019 Local Organising Committee of the Annual International Bioethics Forum

S/N Universities Attended Country Degree Course Year of Award
1 University of Ibadan Nigeria Ph.D. Philosophy 2002
2 University of Ibadan Nigeria M.A. Philosophy 1985
3 Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium; Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands; University of Padova, Padova, Italy M.Sc. Bioethics (Magna cum laude) 2012
4 University of Ibadan Nigeria B.A. (Hon.) Philosophy 1983
Genomic Research, Research Ethics, Cancer Research, Training and Capacity Development

Coming from a basically conceptual background of Philosophy, I have engaged in some publications that shows the cultural underpinnings of concepts and issues in Bioethics.

  1. My publication on “Ethical Case Deliberations involving the End of Life Decision(2012), Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, Bangladesh Bioethics Society, 3,(1): 23-29. is a pointer in the direction of the importance of cultural underpinnings in bioethics. I set out using the Nijmegen method of ethical deliberation to argue that end of life decisions involving patients who are in unbearable, intense suffering are not easy to make especially when there are moral conflicts or dilemmas. The patient, physicians and caregivers have to come together to decide on a reasonable course of action in resolving the conflicts or dilemmas. It is argued that the cultural underpinnings must be carefully considered as solutions may take different dimensions because of the various cultural limitations or assumptions.
  2. Oduwole, E. O. (2010), “Personhood and Abortion: An African Perspective”, Lumina, Holy Name University, Philippines, 21, (2): 1-10.
    • The question of the personhood of the fetus is also very important in the abortion debate. To this end my paper on “Personhood and the Abortion: the African Perspective” compared scholars like Mary Warren and the African Perspective of the abortion debate based on the question of personhood. Given the cultural underpinnings, the paper argued that abortion cannot be justified from the African perspective because the personhood of the fetus is considered from conception.
  3. My contribution to organ transplant discussion exemplified in my paper titled “An Ethical Consideration of the Practice of Organ Transplant”, Sophia: an African Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2007, 10, (1): 6-35, argues that in considerations of organ transplant there must be a voluntary, informed consent from the donor and it must be with the right motive that is, saving life or improving the quality of life and that there is no other means of achieving this. Transplanted organ should be seen as an altruistic, beneficent move not for financial or material reward. Functional integrity or life depending organ of the donor will not be impaired, though it may affect anatomical integrity. These conditions alone can guarantee safety, sacredness of human life thus guaranteeing happiness, common good and social harmony in the society.
  4. Oduwole, E. O. (2007), “The Dialectics of Ibi (evilness) and Ire (goodness) An African Understanding of the Philosophical Problem of Evil” in, Filosofia: International Journal of Philosophy. Philippines, 36, (1):1-13.

Group Research:

(i) Exploring Participants “Perceptions of Informed consent and Placebo in Ebola Disease Virus in Selected Countries” a Global Forum on Bioethics in Research sponsored project.

(ii) M.F. Oyewo, S.Y. Erinosho and E.O. Oduwole. Sexual Harassment: Campus-Based Sexual Harassment and Intimidation: Towards Prevention and Policy Action by A TETFund Research Based Project.

(iii) S. Aluko-Arowolo, S.A. Lawal, E.O. Oduwole, I.A. Adedeji, M. Solaja and “Knowledge, Attitude and Awareness towards screening for Prostate Cancer in Nigeria”, A TETFund Research Based Project.

  1. Dean’s Award: A Certificate of Merit for the Best Student in Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 1981/82 Session.
  2. Alvan Ikoku Prize in Philosophy: (For the Best Graduating Student in Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan) 1982/83 Session.
  3. Long Service Award, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, 9th February, 2006.
  4. Economic European Commission Scholarship (An Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in Bioethics) 2011/2012.
  5. Global Forum on Bioethics Grant for Research Meeting, 2015.
  6. Global Forum on Bioethics Research, Pink Group Award, 2016.
  7. Global Forum on Bioethics Research, Pink Group Award, 2019 On-going.
  8. British Council Grant on Sustainable Funding Models in Higher Education. On-going 2019

Membership of and Registration with Professional Bodies:

  • Member, Philosophers  Association of Nigeria ( PAN).
  • Bioethics Society of Nigeria(BESON)
  • New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS)
  • Clinical Bioethics/ Bioethics Today/ Bioethics Connection  online
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities - online