Prof. Christian Happi, who is the Director of African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State and others, have been selected for the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation (HLF) Role Model Award for this year.

               The President of the Academy of Medicine Specialties and consultant reproductive endocrinologist, Prof Oladapo Ashiru, disclosed this recently; he expressed happiness over the development, saying the Academy is very proud of them.

               As fellows of the Academy of Medicine Specialties, among other professional bodies, they were selected for the honour based on their exemplary contributions to medicine and science, respectively and to humanity across Africa.

                “Both Happi and other winners have demonstrated their knowledge and wealth of experiences to achieve great success in their areas of specializations and advancement of the course of science generally in Africa,” he said

                HLF Role Model Award is designed by the foundation to identify and celebrate Africans, particularly Nigerians, who have achieved success not by fraudulent means but through due diligence, hard work, honesty and integrity in their respective fields of endeavours to promote positive values among younger generations and make Nigeria attains greatness among committee of nations.

                Some eminent Nigerians who were past winners of the award and still alive or dead included Prof. Peter Okebukola; Prof Wole Soyinka, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie, Prof. Tonnie Osa Iredia, Prof. Ekanem Braide, Chief Lateef Jakande, Chief Folake Solanke, Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin, Dr. Molade Okoya-Thomas, Mr. Raji Fashola, Mr. Femi Falana, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, Gamaliel Onosode, Prof. Grace Allele Williams, Otunba Subomi Balogun, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Prof. Babagana Zulum, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Akande, Prof. Nimi Briggs, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Dr. sonny Kuku, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and host of others.

               Receiving the news of Happi’s choice for this year’s award, the Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Prof. Shadrach Akindele, commended the awardee for his resilience, passion and dedication as he continue to raise the bar of academic excellence in his field. He admonished him to continue to work harder to elevate his work among his peers globally.

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