Lekan Ayanwale is currently a Professor in Tuskegee University, Alabama where he serves as State Extension Veterinarian and Health Specialist in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences. Prior to emigrating from Nigeria to the USA in 1995, he was the head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he taught for 23 years. Professor Fatai Olalekan Ayanwale attended Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria in 1968 and graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He joined Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture thereafter. He served as a Veterinary Officer in charge of the dairy farm, Agege, Pota piggery and cattle ranch in Badagry and the Planning Office of the ministry in Ikeja before joining the University of Ibadan in 1976.
Ayanwale had a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), from the University of Minnesota, and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he put in over 22 years of teaching, research and service (1976-98). Before joining the Tuskegee University, Alabama. Lekan was the first native-born African elected in Perth, Australia (1987) to serve as Vice President of the World Veterinary Association (WVA) with headquarters in Madrid, Spain (1987-1991). He was re-elected for the 2nd term of another 4 in Canada for a total of 8 years that ended in WVAC Yokohama, Japan, 1995.
Dr. Ayanwale’s research focus was on the Immuno-diagnostic methods for early detection of tuberculosis in animals and humans. He worked with a lot settled Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Tede, Ogboro, Ago Are, Ago Amodu, Sepeteri, Iseyin and Shaki areas of Oyo State. He has published over 100 papers on Agricultural production in the tropics and on health related topics in International journals. He taught several courses at college undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also contributed chapters in three book series. The first edition titled “Mycobacterium bovis Infection in Animals and Humans” by Charles O. Thoen, & James H. Steele was published by Iowa State University in 1995. The 2nd Edition by Charles O. Thoen, James H. Steele and Michael J. Gilsdorf was published in 2006 by Blackwell (Oxford, UK & USA) and the 3rd Edition titled “Zoonotic Tuberculosis” by Charles O. Thoen, James H. Steele and John B. Kaneene was published in 2014 by Wiley Blackwell. Dr. Ayanwale collaborated with other Agricultural scientists and health care professionals from the USDA, and Harvard School of Public Health that resulted in joint publications in Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), TB, FMD; Salmonellosis, Brucellosis and Citrus diseases.