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Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde
Lecturer, University of Ibadan
Hall Master, Independence Hall

Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Professor Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale, a native of Erin Oke, in Osun State, was born in Ibadan where he attended Omolewa Nursery and Primary School, Oritamefa, for his primary school education. Between 1979 and 1984, he was at various times, a student at Government College, Ibadan, and Loyola College, Ibadan. After finishing Lower Six, in Government College, in June 1985, he gained admission to the University of Ibadan as an undergraduate student in the Department of English. He graduated from the University of Ibadan, with a degree in English, in 1989. He won the Departmental Prize and the first Heinemann Prize for Literature as the best graduating student of his set. Between 1991 and 1995, he was employed as an Assistant Editor and later Editor at Heinemann Educational Books Nigeria Limited. He joined the staff of the University of Ibadan as an Assistant Lecturer in 1995 and became the first Nigerian Professor of Literature and Medicine in 2010.

At different times, Professor Omobowale served as the Department of English’s Timetable Representative, Examination Officer and Postgraduate Coordinator. Apart from the administrative positions that he has occupied in the Department, Professor Omobowale has also served the University community in different capacities as Assistant Warden, Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall, 2004-2006; Chairman, Business Committee of Senate, 2014-2017; member, representing Senate, on the board of the Distance Learning Centre, 2013 to date; as well as member, representing Senate, on the Board of Health since 2016.

Professor Omobowale is the author of five works of art namely, The Eagle Must Fly and Others Stories (1992), The Melting Pot (1993), Seasons of Rage (1997 reprinted in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), An Eye for An Eye (2000) and The President’s Physician (2004). In recent times, he has focused more on writing short stories on issues revolving round the ethics of medicine. For more than 10 years, Professor Omobowale has served as one of the authors of Exam Focus: Literature, the leading preparatory textbook for literature candidates of WAEC, NECO and JAMB in Nigeria and West Africa. Between November 2012 and 31 July 2017, Professor Omobowale also served as the Head, of the Department of English.

Twice, in 1999 and 2010, Professor Omobowale was a recipient of the University of Ibadan’s Senate Research Grant. In 2002, he was awarded the Fogarty Fellowship, which facilitated his training as a Bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mclaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, which was affiliated to the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively in several reputable journals. He has also served and is still serving as the External Examiner to the following Nigerian tertiary institutions: the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ekiti State University, Adekunle Ajasin University, Redeemer’s University, Bowen University, Osun State University, Edo University Iyamho, University of Lagos, Adeyemi College of Education, Osun State College of Education Ilesha, and the University of Benin. In addition to teaching, research and community service, Professor Omobowale has successfully supervised 10 doctoral students and over 80 masters’ students.

S/N Universities Attended Country Degree Course Year of Award
1 University of Ibadan Nigeria PhD Literature and Medicine 2001
2 Case Western Reserve University USA MA Health Science (Bioethics) 2003
3 University of Ibadan Nigeria MA English (Literature Emphasis) 1993
4 University of Ibadan Nigeria BA(Hon.) English 1989
5 University of Toronto Canada Postdoc Fellowship Global Health 2006-2008
Literature and Medicine, Research Ethics and Bioethics
  1. Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde (2003) ‘The Therapeutic Relationship: A Critical Appraisal’; Bio Quarterly, Volume 14, Summer 2003. pp. 12-16.
  1. Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde (2006) ‘Literature and the teaching of Biomedical Ethics in Nigeria: A Creative Writer’s Perspective’; Romanian Journal of Bioethics, Volume 4, No. 2 pp. 20 -30.
  1. Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde, Peter A Singer and Abdallah S Daar, (2009). ‘The Three Main Monotheistic Religions and GM Food Technology: An Overview of Perspectives’, BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009, 9:1-8 (
  1. Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde, Michael Kuziw, Melinda Treurnicht Naylor, Abdallah S Daar and Peter A Singer, (2010). ‘Addressing Conflicts of Interest in Public Private Partnerships’, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2010, 10-19 (
  1. Omobowale, Emmanuel Babatunde (2018).  Healing with the Pen: Literature and the Quest to Humanize Medical Practice in Nigeria. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press. pp 122+ 978-978-8529-69-9
  1.  Winner of the Departmental Prize for the best graduating student in the Department of English, University of Ibadan   1989
  1. Winner of the Heinemann Prize for Literature for the best graduating student in the Department of English, University of Ibadan   1989
  1. Nominated for the Faculty of Arts Prize for the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan   1989
  1. Fogarty Scholarship, Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University   2005 - 2006