ADEYEMO, Olanike Kudirat (Assoc. Prof. Ms)

 Environmental Sciences  
Born in 1970

Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo, DVM, MVPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research interest includes aquatic epidemiology and toxicology, involving risk assessment of anthropogenic contaminants to environmental, wildlife and human health. 

Her pioneering role as the first female in the field of Aquatic Veterinary Medicine in any Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria and commendable contributions to scholarship in an under-represented field of research (aquatic epidemiology and toxicology) has earned her several recognitions, including an award by the Society for Toxicology, USA and an appointment to the roster of experts of the Joint FAO/WHO Committee on Food Additives (JECFA).

Dr.  Adeyemo was elected Fellow and listed in the 2011 edition of "Black Achievers in Science and Technology", a publication of the African Scientific Institute (ASI), Oakland, California, USA, which recognizes the achievement of excellence of each fellow in his/her field. She was selected to represent Nigeria as a Fellow on the Eisenhower Fellowship's common interest program, which brought together emerging leaders from different countries of the world to deliberate on Urban challenges.

Dr. Adeyemo is a Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), International, UK. She was invited to participant in the World Science Forums, held in Budapest in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Olanike Adeyemo is a member of professional societies, scientific Institutions and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. She has undertaken several commissioned research projects, and consultancy services on aquatic pollution assessment and climate change impact/vulnerability assessment.

Dr. Adeyemo has active collaborations in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. In December of 2011, she was selected to the membership of Global Young Academy of Inter-academies panel (IAP), the Global Network of Science Academies, for excellence in scholarship and leadership. 

Administratively, Dr. Adeyemo is the current Sub-Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  She is also serving on the Board of Internally Generated Revenue, the Research Uptake Committee of the University of Ibadan, and is a member of the ad-hoc Committee on the Development of University of Ibadan Guidelines on Authorship. Olanike Adeyemo has successfully combined her phenomenal career progression with marriage. She is happily married and is blessed with 3 boys and a girl.

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BABALOLA, Chinedum Peace (Prof. Ms)

Medical Sciences (Pharmacy)

Chinedum Peace Babalola is the first female Pharmacist Professor of the University of Ibadan, holds a B. Pharm. (1983) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and is the first female Pharmacist in Nigeria to be decorated with the Fellow of the Academy of Science.

For over 25 years, she has focused on pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), drug analysis, pharmacogenetics and bioethics as tools to study the disposition of several antimalarials and antiinfectives in Nigerians as a guide to optimizing therapy in Blacks.

She has developed novel methods for analyzing several drugs including quinine, pyronaridine, proguanil, halofantrine, lumefantrine, artemisinine and penicillin derivatives in biological fluids contributing in the elucidation of their PK/PD. Her development of a novel HPLC method for analyzing quinine (recognized by WHO) in bio-matrices is a feat, as the method resolves quinine from its optical isomer quinidine, leading to elucidation of its pharmacokinetics in Africans by her and others, thus forming the basis of dose optimization in malaria patients.

Her ongoing formulation of quinine suppositories is a novel achievement that shows potential for therapy. Her studies on drug interactions reveal that bioavailability and bacterial activity of some antibiotics are markedly reduced (>50%) when combined with some antimalarials, calling for dosage adjustment. She and co-authors reported the first pharmacogenetic study in Nigerians (healthy and sickle cell patients) with proguanil as probe drug and observed that some Nigerians are poor metabolizers and carry mutant CYP2C19 genes. She is concluding a similar study on NATs in healthy and HIV/AIDs Nigerians.

She recently won a MacArthur grant ($1 million) to set up a Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production and is a Co-Principal Investigator for NIH/Forgaty D43 grant ($1.2 million) focused on interdisciplinary training of African clinical/biomedical researchers. She has over 130 publications in reputable journals, books and conference proceedings.

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Balogun, Ekundayo E., Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2001
Physics and Astronomy
Born in 1937

Prof. Balogun got his B.Sc. in Sciences-Physics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1966, M.Sc. in 1967 and PhD in 1972 from the University of Chicago.

He served at the University of Obafemi Awolowo as: Assistant Researcher, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Professor (1983). He was Research Coordinator, Head of Physics Department, Coordinator of African Space Science Centre and Director of Ecology and Environmental Studies Institute.

He is currently at the Department of Physics of Obafemi University. His research interests include: Physics and Meteorology. He has been:  Visiting Research Associate at University of Chicago, Visiting Scientist and Fulbright-Hays Research Scholar at Wisconsin University, WMO Visiting Professor, Nigerian Member for WMO Commission, Visiting Lecturer at Ibadan University, Fellow of Royal Meteorological Society (UK), member of Nigeria and American Institute of Physics, member of New York Academy of Science.

His awards comprise: The prize from WMO Geneva, Certificate of Appreciation for contribution from Wisconsin University, Letter of Commendation from an Agency of the USA government.

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EKHAGUERE, Dr Godwin Osakpemwoya Samuel (Prof.)

Mathematics
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Dr Godwin Osakpemwoya Samuel EKHAGUERE is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His research activities are in the core areas of mathematical physics; algebras and partial algebras; and classical and noncommutative stochastic analysis including financial mathematics. 

He has made landmark contributions to these branches of mathematics, especially his: C*-algebraic characterization of the super selection sectors of the free electromagnetic field; proof, for the first time, of a central limit theorem in probability gage spaces over semi-finite W*-algebras of operators, including a noncommutative Levy-Khinchine representation for the Fourier transforms of limit probability gage spaces; pioneering and opening up of an entirely new field of mathematical research when he introduced quantum stochastic differential inclusions, and then studied the classes of Lipschitzian quantum stochastic differential inclusions, hypermaximal monotone quantum stochastic differential inclusions and quantum stochastic evolutions; introducing, for the first time, of a wide class of noncommutative semimartingale-driven stochastic integral/differential equations in seven different locally convex operator topologies and studying the existence and uniqueness of their solutions; and characterization of the completely positive maps on certain partial *-algebras; introduction and study of unbounded partial Hilbert algebras; his formulation and characterization of Dirichlet forms on partial *-algebras, and his study of the structure and representations of partial algebras.

In global recognition of his seminal publications, Professor Ekhaguere has held several visiting scientist/professor positions in reputable research institutions around the world and won many highly competitive and prestigious scholarships / fellowships / sponsorships from diverse academic foundations / institutions, including the Associateship and Senior Associateship of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, as  well as Sponsorship of the Volkswagen-Stiftung, Sponsorship of the Deutsche Forschungstemeinschaft, Sponsorship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Sponsorship of the Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition (1970), Sponsorship of the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries, Sponsorship of the Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, Staff Exchange Fellowship of the Association of African Universities, and Sponsorship of the London Mathematical Society.

He has given many invited lectures in Nigeria and abroad. For example, he has already been invited this year 2013 to give one of the distinguished plenary lectures at the continental Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians, which brings together all mathematicians in Africa every four year, which is scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nigeria, in July 2013.   Professor Ekhaguere serves on the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Journal of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, Journal of the Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics, Journal of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Journal of Science Research (Faculty of Science University of Ibadan)),  Afrika Matematika (Springer Verlag), and the South Pacific Journal of Pure & Applied Mathematics (University of Papua New Guinea).

He also acts as a reviewer for several international journals of mathematics/mathematical physics, including: Abacus: Journal of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Journal of Science Research (Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan), Journal of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, Journal of the Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Analysis & Applications, Elsevier Publishers, USA, Journal of Mathematics & Mathematical Sciences, Hindawi Publishers, USA, Mediterranean Journal of Mathematics, Springer Publishers, Germany, Stochastic Analysis & Applications, Taylor & Francis Publishers, USA, Afrika Matematika, Springer Verlag, Acta Mathematica Sinica, Elsevier Publishers, USA.

Professor Ekhaguere has served as an assessor of candidates for appointment/promotion to the grade of Associate Professor/Professor of Mathematics and as an external examiner at several universities in Nigeria and on the continent.  In addition to his Professorship at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ekhaguere is the Founder and President of the International Centre for Mathematical & Computer Sciences (ICMCS), Lagos (www.icmcs.org). An inspiring lecturer and mentor, he upholds the highest standard of mathematical research and training, as evidenced by the high quality of the MSc, MPhil and PhD graduates supervised by him.

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Essien Etim, Moses, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2005
Medicine, Hematology, Homeostasis
Born in 1934

Prof. Essien started his academic carrier as a lecturer and Consultant of Hematology in the University and College Hospital of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1970 becoming Professor in the same Institution in 1977.

He has conducted studies of Hemophilic diseases, especially, factor VIII C deficiency in the Nigerian African. He served as Head of Department of Hematology (1978 – 1981), Sub – Dean (1985 – 1988) at the University of Ibadan and Director of the National institute for Medical Research in Lagos (1989 – 1992), Nigeria.

He is Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and is a member of the World Health organization Expert Panel on Blood, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is one of the founding members of the Association of Pathologists of Nigeria. He is author of over 100 scientific publications including contribution in 13 books.

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Gumel, Abba B. Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Mathematics
Born in 1966, Nigeria

Prof Abba Gummel is a Full Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba, Canada. He received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Bayero University (Kano, Nigeria) and Brunel University (London, England), respectively.

His main research interests are in (i) Mathematical Biology, (ii) Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and (iii) Computational Mathematics. The main objective of his research work is to use mathematical theories and methodologies to gain insights into the qualitative behaviour of non-linear dynamical systems arising from the mathematical modelling of phenomena in the natural and engineering sciences, with more emphasis on the transmission and control dynamics of human diseases of public health interest. He has supervised a number of research students (NSERC-funded summer undergraduate and graduate students) and postdoctoral fellows.

Some of the research and service awards he has received are:

Merit Award for research excellence in 2011, given by the University of Manitoba and the
University of Manitoba Faculty Association (given in May 2012). Eight awards are given
each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;

Merit Award for research excellence in 2010, given by the University of Manitoba and the
University of Manitoba Faculty Association (given in June 2011). Eight awards are given
each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;

Elected Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science, February 2010.

The 2009 Dr. Lindsay E. Nicolle award for excellent paper published in the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. June 2009, Toronto, Canada. (The Award, given annually, is given to an author who has made a significant contribution to Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology as demonstrated by the impact of their original research published in the journal). The work is co-authored by Miriam Nuno (Harvard School of Public Health) and Gerardo Chowell (Arizona State University).

2008 University of Manitoba (UM/UMFA) Merit Award for Excellence in Research. Eight awards are given
each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;

University of Manitoba Award for Outstanding Outreach, December 2008. One award is given each year.

2007 University of Manitoba (UM/UMFA) Merit Award for Excellence in Research. July 2008. Eight awards are given each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;

The Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research (University of Manitoba, March 2004; this is the highest research award given at the University of Manitoba);

Manitoba Science and Technology Certificate of Achievement in Science and Technology during 2003 (Winnipeg, April 2004).

Young African Mathematician Medal for Excellence in Applied Mathematics (African Mathematical Union in Conjunction with the International Conference for Mathematical Sciences, UNAAB, Nigeria, November, 2003)

Main Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Director, Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, University of Manitoba (2004-2012);
  • Secretary, Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society (CAIMS): (2007-2009; 2009-2011)
  • Member, Administrative Council, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba;
  • Represents the University of Manitoba on the Board of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto (2000-to date);
  • Co-Director, Prairie Network for Research in Mathematical Sciences (2008-to date);
  • Departmental colloquium (research seminar) coordinator (2005-to date);
  • Founder and co-ordinator, Mathematical Biology Team, IIMS (1999-to date);
  • Member, Global Outreach Committee, Society for Mathematical Biology (2007);
  • Patron, African Society for Biomathematics (2007-to date);
  • Member, African Scientific Committee of the Nelson Mandela Institution (mandated to form campuses of African Institute of Science and Technology across Africa);
  • Partake in a DIMACS project for conducting training programs in mathematical biology in Africa;
  • Founder and Co-ordinator, Canada-Africa Biomathematics Network;
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, National Mathematical Centre, Nigeria;
  • Serve on numerous departmental and university-wide committees (e.g., hiring committees, thesis commitees etc.);
  • External thesis examiner to numerous universities around the world.


Editorial Board:

  • Associate Editor, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mathematics;
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Sciences;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Biological Systems;
  • Associate Editor, African Diaspora Journal of Mathematics;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Nigerian Mathematical Society;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Zhejiang University Science.

Selected Conferences/Workshops I Organized (or Co-organized)

  • PNRMS 2010, University of Manitoba, April/May 2010.
  • Mathematical Biology Summer School, Botswana, August 2008.
  • Chair, inaugural meeting of Canada-Africa Biomathematics Network, Kampala, Uganda, November, 2007;
  • Organizer, US-Africa Advanced Study Institute on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases in Africa, organized by DIMACS at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2007;
  • Local Chair, CMS-MITACS joint conference, Winnipeg, May-June, 2007;
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, DIMACS workshop on ``Facing the Challenge of Infectious Diseases in Africa: The Role of Mathematical Modeling", University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, September, 2006;
  • Co-chair, AMS-IMS-SIAM summer research conference on ``Competitive Mathematical Models of Disease Dynamics: Emerging Paradigms and Challenges", Snowbird, Utah, July 2005. Other members of the Organizing Committee were: Carlos Castillo-Chavez (Los Alamos Laboratory and Arizona State University), Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta University), Trachette Jackson (University of Michigan) and Dominic Clemence (North Carolina A&T State University);
  • Co-Chair, 26th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society, Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, University of Manitoba, June 2005 (other co-chair was Rob McLeod, now fo the University of Winnipeg);
  • Evolutionary Aspects of Vaccine Use, DIMACS Centre, Rutgers, New Jersey, USA; June 2005. Other co-organizers were: Troy Day (Queen's University), Alison Galvani (Yale University) and Claudio Struchiner (Brazil).


For further information on Prof Abba Gumel, visit home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~gumelab

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Ibidapo-Obe, Oyewusi, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2009
Applied Mathematics/Engineering Systems
Born in 1949, Nigeria

Prof. Ibidapo-Obe obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 1976. Following which he undertook postdoctoral studies in Canada (until 1979) and a senior Fulbright scholar stay in SUNY (Buffalo) until 1981.

His contributions in Nigeria are principally in the University of Lagos where he has served in several capacities, Dean of Engineering (1995-99), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2000-2002), and Vice-Chancellor (2002-2007). Ibidapo-Obe is the founding member of the foundation post graduate course on Mathematical modeling for Artificial Intelligence Systems and Processes of the National Mathematical Centre of Abuja in 1998.

He has participated at several specialized academicals meetings for the improvement of mathematics and engineering in Africa like the African Regional Workshop on Parallel Processing and its Applications of 1995 at the University of Yaoundé I (UYI) and the 4th African-USA International Conference on Manufacturing Technology at Pittsburgh (1997).

He has published 60 papers. He is member of the African Scientific Committee (ASC) of the Nelson Mandela Institution. He has collaborations with professional Societies and Scientific Organizations and has also has several national and international awards and recognitions.

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Ilori Akindiji, Samuel, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2009
Mathematics, Algebraic Topology/Geometry
Born in 1945, Nigeria

Prof. Ilori obtained his D.Phil. in 1972 from the University of Oxford in UK and joined the University of Ibadan in Nigeria as Lecturer where he rose through the ranks and became Professor in 1982.

He has served as Head of Department of Mathematics; Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Provost of the College of Science and Technology, National President of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria and Chairman of the African Mathematical Union Commission on Pan-African Mathematical Olympiad.

He was appointed in 2004 Regional coordinator of the Network for West Africa Zone 1 of the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative. His research interests are in geometry and topology of flag manifolds and flag bundles. He has collaborations with different professional Societies and Scientific Institutions also, has received awards and recognitions and has 35 publications. 

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KUKU, Aderemi Oluyomi

Fellow of AAS since 1986
 Mathematics
Born in 1941, Nigeria

PROFESSOR ADEREMI OLUYOMI KUKU (Ph.D, FAMS (USA), FTWAS, FAAS, FAS(Nig), FMAN, OON, NNOM) was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria on March 20, 1941. He obtained his B.Sc (Special Honours)Mathematics degree of the University of London in 1965; M.Sc (Mathematics) in 1968 , Ph.D (Mathematics) 1971 ;both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with his Ph.D thesis written at Columbia University, New York, USA, under Professor Hyman Bass.



He had a long teaching/research career at the University of Ibadan , Nigeria where he became full Professor of Mathematics in 1982, Head, Mathematics Department, 1983-86, Dean, Postgraduate school, 1986-90, and Chairman, Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools in Nigerian Universities, 1986-90.

He was Professor of mathematics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics , (ICTP) (a United Nations Research Centre for Mathematics and physics) 1995-2003 and is the William. W. S. Claytor Endowed Professor of Mathematics at the Grambling State University, Grambling Louisiana, USA.

He has held many visiting positions at highly reputable Universities and Research Centres in the USA, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, China, including: Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA , Visiting Research Professor, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute(MSRI), Berkeley, CA, USA); Visiting Professor, Cornell University , Ohio State University, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada; Universitat Bielefeld, Max-Planck Institut fur Mathematik, Bonn, both in Germany; University of Goteborg, Sweden; Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) Paris, France; University of Hong-Kong ; Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China).Moreover, he has given numerous invited colloquia/seminar lectures and organized numerous conferences/workshops/symposia all over the world.

Professor Kuku is one of the world leaders in several aspects of K-theory and connections to commutative and non-commutative Algebra/Number theory/Geometry/Representation theory-a contemporary and multidisciplinary subject that also have applications in mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Econometrics and Control theory. He has 85 publications made up of 52 research articles in highly reputable journals; 10 books/monographs and 23 articles on topical issues in mathematics, science, and technology.

Professor Kuku was President of the African Mathematical Union (AMU) for nine years 1986-95 Member of the International Mathematical Union Commission on Development and Exchange for eight years (1986-94), Vice Chairman , First Congress of African Scientists, Brazaville, 1987 and so on.

Professor Kuku is a recipient of several honours: He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012-; Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (1989 -) European Academy of Arts, Science and Humanities (1986 - ) African Academy of Sciences(AAS) (1986 - ) Nigerian Academy of sciences (1989 - ) Foreign fellow, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (2005 -); Honorary President (AMU) for life;(1995- );Fellow of the Mathematical association of Nigeria,(MAN) (1987-); Nigeria National Honours: OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger) 2008-;NNOM (Nigerian National Order of Merit) 2009; —the highest honour in Nigeria for academic excellence.

An International conference on “Algebraic K-theory and its applications” March 17-21 2011 was organised by Nanjing University, China in honour of his 70th birthday, and a special issue of the Journal of K-theory, Volume 12, no 1, published by the Cambridge University Press, UK recently appeared as Proceedings of the conference.

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Makinde, Oluwole Daniel (Prof.)

Mathematics

Professor O. D. Makinde is a Senior Professor & Director of the Institute for Advanced Research in Mathematical Modeling and Computations (IARMMC) at Cape-Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics at Nelson–Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania. He obtained his Ph. D in Applied and Computational Mathematics from University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

He has taught and supervised several candidates at undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral levels in Applied Mathematics. He served as an external examiner to several universities within and outside African continent. He published over 200 research papers in many national and international journals of repute together with 4 Applied Mathematics Textbooks and Monographs. He is an editorial board member and reviewer of many reputable international academic journals. He presented several research papers worldwide at conferences, seminars, workshops and colloquia.

He won several distinctions, scholarships, fellowships, prizes and awards to mention a few: African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award from African Heads of States for his outstanding contribution to Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation in Africa, South African National Research Foundation (NRF) & National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) TW Kambule Award for outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation, etc.

He is presently the Secretary General of African Mathematical Union (AMU), General Secretary and Vice President of Southern Africa Mathematical Science Association (SAMSA), Advisory board member of many research institutions like Pan African Centre of Mathematics (PACM) based in Tanzania, Centre for Applied Research in Mathematical Sciences (CARMS) at Strathmore University in Kenya, etc., and an associate member of National Institute of Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa.

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Okafor, Nduka, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1999;
Industrial Microbiology
Born in 1934, Nigeria

Prof. Okafor obtained his B.Sc. in 1960 from the University of London and PhD in 1964 from the University of  Cambridge.  In 1965, he started as lecturer at the Univerity of Nigeria – Nsukka (UNN) rose through the ranks and became full professor in 1985.

His research interests are in microbiology and development of Universities in Nigeria. He has served as Head of Department of Microbiology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences of UNN. He has established, Chaired and coordinated the Brewing Studies at the University of Nigeria. He has been Chairman of the Senate research Grant Committee, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology for Post-graduate Committee at UNN.

He was a member of the steering Committee of Biological Control Group of the World Health Organization in Geneva, member Executive Board of the International Organization for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Africa Representative), member of the Council of Scientific Advisors of the International Centre for genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Italy. He has been Provost for Administration at Anambra State University of Technology, President of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology and President and Founder of the Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology.

He is member of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and several other professional societies. He has several national, regional and international awards and recognitions and106 publications.

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Okogun Ibomein, Joseph, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1988
Chemistry
Born in, Nigeria

Prof. Okogun obtained his B.Sc. in 1963 and PhD in 1967 at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He then held a position of lecturer in the same University, becoming Professor in 1977. He was Head of Chemistry Department, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Hall Master independence Hall, Hall Warden Independence Hall and sub Dean of Postgraduate  at the University of Ibadan.

His research interests include chemical investigation of Nigerian medicinal plants for the development of nutrition supplements/nutraceuticals and phytomedicines, isolation – analyses and modification of biologically active natural products for the purpose of developing potential drugs/leads – molecular probes and pesticides, degraded triterpenoid, gedunin and the diterpene roseanolone for the pupose of converting them into various transformation products for the structure activity studies, invesigation of Nigerian traditional herbal remedies for tuberculosis.

After 1995 he became associated with the Nigerian Institute Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) where he has served as Head of Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine, as Honorary Adjunct Professor.  He has also served as Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Industrial Training Fund, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Director of the Welton Energy and Equip Supplies.

He is member of the Alexander von Humboldt Darmstadt Technische Hochscule of Germany and several others professional societies. He has national, regional and international awards and recognitions and also has 125 publications.

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Okojie Amioba, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2001,
Forest Resource Management
Born in 1948, Nigeria

Prof. Okojie obtained his M.F (Forest Mensuration/Statistics) in 1976 from Yale University and PhD in forest resource management from the University of Ibadan in 1981.

He then held a position of lecturer  at the Faculty of Agriculture and forestry of the University of Ibadan. He has served at the University of Agriculture of Abeokuta (Nigeria) as Senior lecturer, rose through the ranks and became full professor in 1990 in the same University.

His research interests include forest resources management with emphasis on mensuration, growth and yield of plantation species, natural forest in Nigeria, biodiversity and environmental impact assessment. He has been Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Dean of the College of Environmental Resources Management, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1994-95) and Vice Chancellor of the University (1996). 

He has served  as Postgraduate Coordinator and Co-ordinator of the National Committee on lost crops of Nigeria. He has been Chairman of the Ceremonials committee, Chairman of the Committee for University Rules and Regulations and Chairman of the farm development Board. Also; he served as member of the Curriculum Development Committee and member of projects monitoring Committee. He is member of Commonwealth forestry Association and several other professional societies. He has national and international awards and recognitions.

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Onyido, Ikenna, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2005,
Chemistry
Born in 1948, Nigeria

Prof. Onyido obtained his B.Sc. in 1974 and PhD in 1979 from the University of Ibadan.  He then joined the faculty at Ibadan as lecturer, then became a Senior lecturer, after which, he moved to the University of Agriculture of Makurdi (Nigeria) becoming full professor in 1990.

His research interests focus on the reactivity and mechanism(s) of catalysis in three main areas which are aromatic nucleophilic substitution and δ-complex formation, isotopic hydrogen exchange in molecules of biological importance and mechanisms of abiotic degradation of organophosphorus pesticides and model compounds. He has served  at the University of Agriculture of Makurdi as Head of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the College of Science Agricultural and Science Education, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Agrochemical Technology.

He has introduced the Postgraduate Degree Programs of Environmental Science and Agrochemical Technology in the curriculum of the University. He also served as Expert of the National Universities Commission fashioning science graduates for a competitive trans-national economy. He has represented Africa at the CHEMRAWN (Chemical Research applied to World Needs) Committee of the International Union of pure Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

He is member of the World Innovation Foundation, Chemical Society of Nigeria, American Chemical Society and several other professional societies also; has several national, regional and international recognition and awards. He has 44 publications and 1 book.

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Soyinka, Wole, Prof - Nobel Laureat (1986)

Fellow of AAS since 1991,
Literature
Borin in 1934, Nigeria

The Nobel Laureat Soyinka (born Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka) obtained his PhD  from the University of Leeds.  During 1958-1959 he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court theater in London. 

In 1960 he received a Rockefeller Bursary to return to Nigera to study African Drama.  He also taught drama and literature at universities of Ibadan, Lagos and Ife.  Since 1975 he has been Professor of Comparative Liteature.  

In  Nigeria he established theater companies like “the 1960 Masks” (1960) that presented his first major play a dance of the forests and the “Unife Guerilla theatre” (1978) that presented plays and sketches attacking corruption and political oppression in Nigeria. His research interests satirized the absurdities of his society with a gently humorous and affectionate spirit. He has served as lecturer, Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Ife; Senior lecturer at the University of Lagos; Director of the School of Drama and Head of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan.

He was fellow at Churchill College of Cambridge and became full Professor in 1988 at Cornell University. He has been imprisoned for criticizing fraud of the results after the elections in the Western of Nigeria and for conspiring to aid Biafra’s independence movement.

He has been the outspoken critics of the concept of negritude, defended the idea that the West should pay reparations for crimes committed in Africa and campaigned for Idi Amin’s overthrow. He has published his autobiographical work (Aké: The Years of childhood); Isara, a voyage around “essay”, created plays like Kongi’s harvest; the lion and the jewel; requiem for a futurologist and beautification of area boy. He has national, international and world wide recognitions.

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Tayo Olurotimi, Timothy, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2001,
Agriculture – Crop Physiology
Born in 1947, Nigeria

Prof Tayo obtained his B.Sc. in 1970 from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and PhD  from the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (UK) in 1974. He, then held two succesive postdoctoral fellowship at Iowa State University and the University of Cambridge.

He then came back to the University of Ibadan and over the following years, rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1986.

His research interests include physiology studies of crop production underhumid tropical lowland conditions. He has  served in the University of Ibadan as Representative of the Department of Agriculture, Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes, Sub-Dean of the faculty of Agriculture and member of Senate of the University; then at the University of Abeokuta as Dean of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production, member of the Governing council and Director of the Universirty Consultancy Service.

He is member of the American Society of Agronomy, British Association of Soybean Scientists, New York Academy of Science and several other professional societies. He has national and international awards and recognitions. He has 45 publications and 6 technical reports.

Wambebe Nimma Obdiah, Charles, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Medical Sciences –Pharmacology
Born in 1946, Nigeria

Prof Wambebe obtained his PhD (Pharmacology) in 1972 from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Nigeria and joined the staff of the same Department. He is the Founding President of the International Biomedical Research in Africa (IBRIA) and  Chair of Product Research and Development for Africa (PRADA).

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Youdeowei, Anthony, Prof

AAS Fellow since 1985, Biology Entomology – Agricultural Entomology
Born in 1937, Nigeria

Prof Youdeowei obtained his B.Sc. in Zoology in 1962 from the University College of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a PhD in Agricultural Entomology in 1967 from the University of London (UK).

He then joined  the Department of Biology of the University of Ibadan where he taught biology and ecology of tropical insect pests. Currently, he is an International Consultant in integrated production and pest management working in development projects for international organisations (FAO, World Bank) and african countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana).

His areas of specialisation include training research and development, pesticides management, agricultural education and training, scientific communication and agricultural project formulation and evaluation. He has been Head of the Department of Agricultural Biology, Dean of Agricultural and Forestry at the University of Ibadan, Scientific Coordinator of the training course in Pest and Vector management systems of the International Group ICIPE/UNEP.

He has served as Director of Training and Communications at the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA), Director of Research and Consultancy of the Federal University of Technology (Abeokuta), Director of Aba Textiles Mills, Director of the West African Book Publishers Limited (Nigeria).

He has also been Executive Chairman  of the University of Ibadan, Chairman of the Nigerian pesticides Committee; member of the Board of Directors of the Pesticides Actions Network (UK) and member of the Governing Council (ICIPE). He is a founding member of AAS, Fellow of TWAS and several other professional societies. He has national, regional and international awards and recognitions and  has 108 publications (2009).

Professor Farombi’s research areas in the last 20 years have been on Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology.

He and co-authors demonstrated for the first time the interference of Kolaviron, a natural antioxidant from the seed of Garcinia Kola in iNOS, COX-2 (inflammatory proteins) and NF-kB (transcription factor promoting inflammation) signaling thus elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the hepatoprotective effects of kolaviron. In addition, he and co-authors reported for the first time the mechanisms of neuroprotection by Kolaviron in PC12 cells, a rat pheochromocytoma, and human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells exposed to endocrine disruptor-Atrazine thus opening up new therapeutic window in progressive neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

A very effective, innovative and productive researcher and mentor, he has supervised 20 PhD students and he is the supervisor of the adjudged best PhD thesis in Basic Medical Sciences within the Nigerian University system in 2009. He has published 175 scientific articles in reputable international journals.

His recognitions (awards, memberships, etc) cover:

·         Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), (London, UK)

·         Fellow Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS), (Reston, Virginia, USA)

·         Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS), (Lagos, NIGERIA)

·         Fellow African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), (Nairobi, KENYA)

·         Supervisor of the Most Outstanding Doctoral (Ph.D) Thesis in Basic Medical Sciences in Nigerian Universities (2008/2009)

·         2014 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Global Senior Toxicology Scholar

·         Top Rated (Best) Nigerian Scientist following February 2015 edition of Webometric Ranking of  Nigerian Scientists according to GSC

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Sunday Ekesi, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Integrated Pest Management, Microbial control, Insect Ecology
Born in 1967

Dr Sunday Ekesi is leading a continental-wide programme to manage tephritid fruit flies that damage horticultural crops in Africa. He has successfully developed pre- and post-harvest management measures for these insects that are currently being adopted by >21,000 growers.

Jointly with a private sector company (Real IPM Ltd) he has developed three fungal-based biopesticides with the trade names Campaign® or Met 69®, Met 62®, and Achieve® for the management of a variety of arthropod pest. Met 69® is currently applied on > 21,000 ha of farmland by > 24,000 farmers annually across Africa. He advised national programs in >20 African countries on IPM for horticulture and pulses. He has secured >35 successful grant proposals worth US$ 42 million and graduated >15 PhD students in the field of insect ecology, IPM and microbial control. Dr. Ekesi is the author of over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H Index: Web of Science: 17) and given >100 invited and contributed papers in scientific gatherings. Dr. Ekesi sits in various international advisory and consultancy panels for the FAO, IAEA, WB and regional projects on arthropod pests. He currently serve as a member of the International Fruit Fly Steering Committee (IFFSC) and member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, and Life – The Excitement of Biology.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards:

  •      Entomological Society of America (ESA), Baltimore, MD, USA
  •     Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP), Knoxville, TN, USA
  •    African Association of Insect Scientist (AAIS), Nairobi, Kenya
  •    Entomological Society of Nigeria (ESN), Zaria, Nigeria

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Oliver C. Ibe, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Communication Networks and Applied Probability
Born in 1947

Prof Ibe is an Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts in the US.

He has made a significant contribution to the architecture, stochastic modeling, performance analysis and management of emerging communication network technologies; and significant accomplishment in engineering leadership and engineering education:

  •   16 years of direct industry experience, rising up to the position of the Director of Network Architecture in major high tech companies and Chief Technology Officer in two start-ups
  • As a network architect and director of network architecture in the telecommunications industry, he contributed significantly to the research and development of communication network products and services
  • Won 3 teaching excellence awards in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMass Lowell within a period of 12 years
  • Sole author of 10 books on communication networks and applied probability, and a contributor to 5 other books
  • Listed on 9 patents in different computer systems and telecommunications technologies
  • Current citation of more than 1450, h-index of 18 and i10-index of 31 in Google Scholar
  • As a faculty advisor of the National Society of Black Engineering UML chapter,  he contributed to the success of many at-risk black students who would otherwise have dropped out of their engineering programmes

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Kenneth Ikechukwu Ozoemena, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Chemistry, Electrochemistry, and Materials Science  and Nanotechnology
Born in 1969

Prof Ozoemena is currently employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) as Chief Research Scientist and Research Group Leader of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies. His research is focused on the innovation and development of green energy technologies (such as lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical capacitors and fuel cells) and smart electrochemical sensors.

As an academic, he worked at Rhodes University as an Andrew Mellon Lecturer in Chemistry (2004 – 2006) and the University of Pretoria as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry (2006 – 2009). He continues to work with local universities as extra-ordinary/visiting Professor. 

He is also working as an Editorial Board for the Nature Publishing's Scientific Report, and focusing on five top areas of Materials chemistry, Electrochemistry, Energy, Chemical Sciences and Nanoparticles; and a board member for Elsevier's Current Opinion in Electrochemistry.

Accomplishments (last 15-20 years)

  • Attained the ultimate research position at the CSIR as the ‘Chief Researcher’.
  • Introduced new microwave-assisted synthesis techniques for disrupting the physico-chemistries of energy materials (i.e., electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries, and nanostructured electrocatalysts for fuel cells). One of these techniques is termed the “microwave-induced top-down nanostructuring and decoration (MITNAD)”. The works have been published in top-rated journals such as ChemComm, J Mater Chemistry A, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, and Electrochimica Acta. The method for lithium-ion batteries is under PCT application and being developed with South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) for possible commercial exploitation.
  • Introduced the application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) as a potentially facile method for the detection of tuberculosis in HIV patients. The work was published in ChemComm and PCCP.
  • Authored and co-authored 140 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals, 6 book chapters, edited 3 books, and filed 3 patent applications.
  • Five of his publications have been recognised as “top hottest articles” between 2006 and 2013.
  • Successfully supervised 24 research students (12 PhD and 12 MSc) and 5 postdoctoral fellows.
  • Listed amongst the World’s top 1% of research Chemists by the Thomson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge “Essential Science Indicators®”.
  • Listed #2 amongst the “Twenty most productive South African authors of energy papers (2000–2011)” (see State of Energy Research in South Africa, August 2014, published by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF).
  • Organised / convened some international conferences & workshops.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes: 

  • Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, UK)
  • Chattered Chemist and Scientist (CChem, CSci, UK)
  • Member of Council of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2010 – present).
  • South African Regional Representative, International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2010 – 2015).   
  • “CSIR CEO’s Research excellence ward” (2014);
  • CSIR “Research Excellence Award – Established Researcher” (2012)
  • CSIR MSM “Research Excellence Award – Established Researcher” (2011)
  • “Exceptional Young Researcher Achievement Award” of the University of Pretoria (2009)
  • Outstanding Young Academic” award of the office of the Nigeria High Commissioner in South Africa (2009).
  • Delivered several invited/keynote/plenary lectures at local and international conferences.
  • Finalist for the NSTF award (2014): “for an outstanding contribution to SET through research and its outputs over the last 5 to 10 years”
  • Finalist for the NSTF award (2014): “for an outstanding contribution to SET through research leading to innovation”.
  • Editorial advisory board member: (i) Electrochemistry Communications (Elsevier); (ii) International Journal of Electrochemistry (Hindawi), (iii) Kuwait Journal of Science, and (iv) Nano Hybrid.
  • Guest Editor of Electrochimica Acta (2013) and Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (2012)
  • Associate Editor: Materials Focus (American Scientific Publishers, USA).
  • External examiner of several PhD and MSc theses, local and international.
  • Funded research/academic visit to several top universities including University of East-Anglia, Oxford University (UK), Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and Tohoku University (Japan).

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Catherine Olufunke Falade, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Clinical Pharmacology
Born in 1952

Prof Falade is Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research &  Training at the College of Medicine at the  University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She was appointed Lecturer 1 in Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Ibadan in 1994 and promoted Senior lecturer in 1997 and Professor in 2008.