Dr. Kolawole Adisa Olonade of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering has received the German-African Innovation Incentive Award (GAIIA), which is the first of its kind.

The Award, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, honours outstanding achievements of African researchers and recognises the central role of research and innovation in the development of modern knowledge-based societies. It also supports German research and innovation stakeholders in further developing their cooperation with African partners. The prize is awarded to African researchers linked to an institution in Africa. It is used in joint follow-up projects where the partners develop their research results for future use.

Main topics are environmental science, health research, bio-economy, social development and process innovation, resource management and information and communication technologies.

The Award was conferred on Dr. Olonade for his innovative idea of the three-fold reuse of the residues of cassava or manioc, which currently have no use and cause environmental problems. Firstly, the residual starch can be recovered and used as a rheology modifier for concrete and building materials. Secondly, the residual peels can be used as fuel, for example for firing bricks.

Eventually, the ash from the combustion process can be used as a sustainable supplementary cementitious material.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, on behalf of the Senate, Management, members of staff and students of the University of Lagos congratulates Dr. Kolawole Adisa Olonade on this achievement.