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Redeemer's University


In an exhibition designed by the National Universities Commission to showcase some of the leading innovative products that were borne out of rigorous researches from top-notch researchers from the nation's ivory-towers, Redeemer's University came from the rear having missed out in the previous editions to emerge as the overall best university with the most innovative products in the fields of Life Sciences and Medicine at the Sixth Edition of the Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair, a five-day event held and hosted by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Akwa, Anambra State,recently .

The journey to the venue of the five-day programme was long and filled with palpable fear because the university-ACEGID team was informed at a very short notice. We hurriedly prepared not knowing what to expect and all the things to take along to have a successful participation at the exhibition. On Monday 7th March,2016, we left Ede at  8:00am to get to Akwa in Anambra State at 4:20 p.m.

As one of the supporting staff sent by the university to prepare the ground for the award-winning ACEGID team, my mind was racing and somehow I felt highly intimidated to see heavy display of different products by other participating universities. The big sizes of their products were terrifying comparing with the kits that the ACEGID team were presenting. The only consolation I had at the beginning was that no matter the outcome, I would take the experience away as a learning curve.

On the second day of the event, we eagerly awaited two of the Redeemer's University's highly celebrated scholars and researchers, Professor Christian Happi, whose triumphant entrance with the Amazon lady and Deputy Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, and Dr.(Mrs.) Folarin Onikepe who set the tone for what would become the Redeemer's University's show.

From that moment the tide changed as participants, spectators, staff,  students and guests began to troop in to make enquiries and undergo Lassa and Ebola Viral testing at our canopy. Within a few days, over 120 people were tested by the duo of Dr. Folarin and Mr. Kayode Adeyemi, a doctoral student at the centre who had equally been trained in the art and science of Genomics both locally and abroad.

Before the closing day, my confidence had soared and with monumental surge in attendance I knew my university was heading towards victory.  The man 'Happi' was not given a breathing space. He was made one of the assessors at the event.

The Redeemer's University's profile rose at the exhibition as researchers who had read Professor Happi's  articles and heard about his exploits continued to look for him in order to ask hard questions from him just like the queen of Sheba sought Solomon's wisdom.

Until the joy that pervaded the witty inventions by the ACEGID team rend the air, I never knew that good news could cure malaria as its symptoms disappeared from my body. On the last day of the event, the stone that the builder rejected became the chief cornerstone as Redeemer's University won three prizes at the exhibition. The university emerged as the best Nigerian university for research and development in life Sciences and Medicine. The duo of Professor Happi and Dr. Mrs. Onikepe emerged first and second prize winners respectively for research product development in Life Sciences and Medicine.

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