Professor O. O. OSEMWEGIE B.Sc, M.Sc., MPA, PhD

Head, Department of Biological Sciences





Professor Osemwegie Osarenkhoe Omorefosa was born to the family of Mr. Christopher Otasowie Osemwegie and Mrs. Hannah Olabisi Osemwegie (nee Jibogu) of Ogbenakhide, Ogbe Quarters, Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State in the early 70s at Ebute-Metta West, Lagos State. He had his primary school education at Livingstone Academy from 1976 to 1982 before proceeding to Ilogbo High School, Ilaje, Lagos State, where he acquired his secondary education between 1982 to 1987. He gained admission in 1988 to the University of Benin, Edo State, where he studied Botany and graduated in 1992 under the 9-point grade system. After his NYSC year, he returned to the University of Benin, in 1993 for a Master’s degree programme and was retained immediately after the completion of the programme as the First Herbarium Curator of the Department of Botany in 1995 and in 1997 he was converted to an Assistant Lecturer.

Professor Osemwegie won a University Research Project Grant in 2002, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Best Botany Lecturer in 2006 androse through the ranks to Lecturer I in 2005. He completed his Ph.D. in Mycology/Plant Pathology in 2008 and won a Darwin Initiative grant to attend a Workshop on the identification of Ascomycetous Fungi at FABI-University of Pretoria, South Africa. After 15 years in the service of University of Benin, he took appointment at Landmark University in 2011 as a Senior Lecturer and rose to the rank of Professor with many academic publications in reputable journals, a book chapter and book. He has been privileged in Landmark University to occupy several administrative positions and served on committees, notable among them are Director of University Wide Course (UWC) from 2012 to 2015, Chairman, Maiden Convocation Planning Committee (2014), and Pioneer President(till date) of Landmark University Staff Cooperative Society.

In addition, He has been a Reviewer to local and International Journals; Member, African Mycology Association (AMA); Fellow, Nigerian Young Academy Ethel Mary Diodge Award Selection Committee – 2011; Council Member, Science Association of Nigeria - 2012 to 2012; Member, Steering Committee of the Nigerian Young Academy (2010); Treasurer, Nigerian Young Academy (2011-2013); and Member, First and Second International Mushroom Foray Committee in Nigeria - Inoculum Newsletter of the Mycological Society of America. 2000, 51(6): 9-10). Professor Osemwegie is married to Mrs Temitope Oluwabanwo Osemwegie, an experienced teacher and administrator; they are blessed with two lovely children.