Redesigned Curriculum Changes how We Learn Herbal Medicine

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Paxherbals and the Institute of African studies, University of Ibadan, have formed a partnership in transforming the study and teaching of herbal medicine in Nigeria.

This year, the two bodies redesigned a new Masters and PhD curricula on Traditional African Medicine. The curricula have been approved by the University’s curriculum committee and the Institute will soon begin to admit masters and PhD candidates in Traditional African Medicine.  This is another milestone in herbal medicine development in Nigeria.

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Third from left: Prof. Dele Layiwola, Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, and his team on an official visit to Paxherbal in January 2016

The outgoing director of the institute, Prof. Dele Layiwola, on his visit to Paxherbal laboratories in Edo state, expressed satisfaction at the high level of research commitment at Paxherbals, and encouraged Paxherbals not to relent in their mission of changing the face of traditional medicine in Nigeria.

Coordinator of Traditional medicine program at the Institute of African studies, Dr. Jegede, lamented that herbal medicine is a goldmine that has been neglected for too long, and needs urgent attention in Nigeria.

The Vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, expressed his satisfaction with the research partnership between Paxherbal and the Institute of African studies, and commended the director of Paxherbal. Fr. Anselm Adodo, for his visionary and open minded approach to research and transformative education in Nigeria.

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The vice chancellor, University of Ibadan, presenting a gift to Fr. Adodo after deliberations on research partnership at the university in May 2016.

During an official visit to the Vice chancellor in May 2016, Fr. Adodo commended the University of Ibadan for their openness to new ideas.   According to him, ‘Higher technical education is increasingly recognized as critical to development, especially with growing awareness of the role of science, technology and innovation in economic growth.  Universities and research institutes are well placed to aid development through their involvement with local business industry and society.

Universities and institutions in developing countries can aid development by focusing some of their technical training on specific development needs. Nigerian polytechnics were established precisely to meet the needs for technical training in various fields of expertise in order to hasten development. Unfortunately, the craze for university decrees and the prestige of being labelled a ‘university graduate’ often made polytechnic graduates feel inferior and less valued’.

The director of the institute of African Studies at the university, also commended Fr. Adodo for his central role in the designing of a new post-graduate curriculum called ‘African transformation studies’, which has been approved by the university’s curriculum committee and the post-graduate school. The course aims to equip students with new practical skills in technological and social innovation, so that they can become transformation agents in in their different communities.


  1. Sr. Oyin-oza says

    Fr. Adodo, thank you for your tireless efforts in research and development of traditional herbal medicine. The trees and plants I used to see in my teenage days, I see them no more…… As Africans, we really need to retrace our roots in herbal medicine to promote human health as well as sustainable friendly environment for us, and our future generations to come

  2. Jona says

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  3. Buki fagbenle says

    This will own up the teaching of traditional African medicine to the world -at par with western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda. Well done to U.I and Pax Herbals for taking this mighty step.

    • Buki fagbenle says

      ‘Open’ up

  4. Tunde Oderinde {Baba Ode} says

    It is quite gratifying to know that as usual Pax Herbals is pioneering this highly beneficial project that has been long overdue. Our forest is endowed with medicinal plants in quantum begging for value chain being added. Kudos to both versatile Pax Herbals and the Great U. I.

  5. paschal okechukwu nneja says

    I am interested to STUDY and practice herbal medicine. I studied engineering and economics at first. How do start with me please. Thanks

  6. Linus Okafor says

    Very fine we should develop African medice just like India is doing and we will never regret it. Pls may I know what it take to be a distributo of your horney? Thanks. Linus Okafor from Abakaliki Eboyi state.

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