Odelola Adeyemi and her granddaughter, Dr. Adediwura Fred-Jaiyesimi


The Pan-African News Wire blog ran a story on March 13, 2013 entitled “Award-winning Plant Scientist Inspired by Grandmother.”  The article, by Victor Olusola and Bukola Apata, was from the Saturday magazine Life and Style.  The article says

Dr. (Mrs.) Adediwura Fred-Jaiyesimi [pictured above] is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State [Nigeria]. In February this year, along with four other female scientists, she was given awards in recognition of her excellence in research. The occasion was the yearly meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, United States. Her work shows the importance of plants as source of pharmacological agents and underscores the need to protect the rich tropical flora of the rainforest region.

Dr. Adediwura Fred-Jaiyesimi is quoted as saying

“I was inspired by my grandmother who loved animals and used different plants to treat them when they took ill or were in the process of giving birth. Whenever she was with them, I watched her closely. It was from her that I started looking at herbs from a positive angle.

“She is about 100 years old now but still very conscious. She stays in Lagos with one of my sisters. My grandmother strongly believes in the training of a girl-child. Her name is Odelola Adeyemi.”

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