The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) has been awarded the 2021 Gold Medal Prize Award by the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS). This is in recognition of the Centre’s contribution to and impact on infectious disease diagnosis, research and surveillance in Nigeria specifically and in Africa, generally.
This is another feather added to the Centre’s cap, as we progressively pursue excellence and innovation in our effort to help humanity fight and win the war against infectious diseases.
The award was presented at a special ceremony hosted by NAS in Abuja on 26th January, 2022. The presentation of award was preceded by a lecture by Prof. Onikepe Folarin, ACEGID’s Deputy Director and Lead Researcher. Through the lecture, she shared our research over the years as well as the impact we have had across board.
This was the fourth time the medal would be awarded, and it was the first time an organization will be receiving the prestigious NAS Gold Medal Prize. It is also the second time that the award will be won by scientists from Redeemer’s University, Ede. Earlier, Prof. Emmanuel Onuabonah of the University’s Department of Chemical Sciences won the first edition of the award.
Commenting on the award, Mr. Olukayode Akindele, the Registrar of Redeemer’s University, commended the ACEGID team for the work being done, noting that this is just the beginning of greater achievements and recognition for the University.