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University of Cambridge and Obafemi Awolowo University Collaboration

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund awarded a grant for a research project on “Technology, Society, and Environment in Early West Africa: Archaeological Investigation of Glass production and Iron metallurgy in Ile-Ife, Nigeria (ca. 900-1600 CE)”

Dr. Babatunde Babalola of the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge and Prof. Adisa Ogunfolakan, the Director of Natural History Museum are investigators. This project is expected to last between 02/12/2019 and 02/12/2020.

Equipment and small tools for the Archaeological project are to be donated to the Natural History Museum of the Obafemi Awolowo University after the completion of the project as a contribution to Natural History Museum and Obafemi Awolowo University. Parts of this equipment are two digital microscopes Celestron 44348 PentaView 5 MP LCD Digital Microscope and Trinocular Laboratory Compound Microscope with 3D Two-Layer Mechanical Stage that are essential for the project. These are expected to form part of the equipment for the Archaeological Science Laboratory in the Natural History Museum after the completion of the project.

The Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Bamire was at the Director’s office, Natural History Museum to take delivery and commissioned the equipment for use on January 9, 2020. Receiving the equipment on behalf of the University administration, Professor Bamire thanked the facilitators and the donors for granting the fund and for deeming it fit to donate the equipment to the university. He enjoined university scholars to emulate this gesture by seeking international grants for research purposes as this will assist the staff and students in carrying out their research and learning.

The Director’s office, Natural History Museum had since taken delivery of the equipment for use on January 9, 2020.  The Natural History Museum is indeed grateful to the facilitators and the donors of the fund for deeming it fit to donate to the fleet of equipment in the Natural History Museum and the University.

 Present at the event which was held at the Director’s office were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) Prof Bamire, the University Librarian Dr. Ogunsade, the Director of INTECU Engr. Kanmi Adewara


Further to the directive of the Federal Government that all civil servants should return to work fully, all members of staff of the University are hereby directed to resume work fully with effect from Monday, 19th October, 2020.

The following conditions shall be observed:

(a) All staff on duty shall comply fully with the advisory on COVID-19 prevention such as maintenance of social distancing, regular washing/sanitizing of hands, and wearing of face masks.

(b) Receiving of visitors should be limited to the barest minimum and such visitors should also comply with the safety advisory.


All Heads of Departments/Units are therefore advised to monitor and ensure compliance with the above directives.

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