Barrister Wale Aderibigbe’s Profile
Pastor (Barr.) Olabisi Adewale Aderibigbe is the Registrar of Joseph Ayo Babalola University. Pastor Aderibigbe was born in 1941 at Oyan in Osun State of Nigeria. He had his secondary education at Oyan Grammar School between 1951 and 1956. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in October, 1963, but because of the outbreak of the civil war in 1966, he ended up at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in June, 1967. He later went to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, in 1972, to obtain his Post-graduate Diploma in Education with specialization in the teaching of English as a second language. Pastor Aderibigbe proceeded to the University of Lagos to bag a Bachelor of Law degree in 1989. He was subsequently called to the bar in 1991. He obtained Masters of Education (with Distinction) specializing in Management of Higher Education, at the Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1990.
Barrister Wale Aderibigbe started his working career in 1967 with the Western Region Teaching Service Commission where he rose to the position of Vice Principal. He later worked as a Federal Inspector of Education from 1975 to 1980 when he left the Federal Service as Principal Inspector of Education. The work as a Federal Inspector of Education took him to several states within the country. During his service with the Federal Inspectorate of Education, he represented the Ministry on the Board of the Institute of Education of Ahmadu Bello University. He joined the University of Lagos as a Principal Assistant Registrar in 1980. In 1985, Barr. Aderibigbe was awarded an Administrative Travelling Fellowship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, supported by the University of Lagos to undertake a study tour of Universities in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The visit provided an inestimable exposure to various management practices in the Universities visited. Pastor Aderibigbe was Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor from 1982 to 1988. He became the Acting Registrar (1996) and Registrar of the University of Lagos in 1997. He held the position until 2001 when he gracefully retired. Pastor Wale Aderibigbe is an ordained pastor in Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide.
At the planning stage of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, the former President of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor (Dr.) E.H.L. Olusheye invited Pastor Aderibigbe to be a member and Secretary to the Planning and Implementation Committee of the then proposed Joseph Ayo Babalola University in 2001. Pastor Aderibigbe worked assiduously with other members of the Committee between 2001 and 2006. When the University was eventually given the licence to commence operation in 2006 by the Federal Government, Pastor (Barr.) Wale Aderibigbe was appointed the pioneer Registrar for the University.
Pastor Olabisi Adewale Aderibigbe got married in 1971 to Mrs. Adeola Aderibigbe and the marriage was blessed with five children.