“In the end, or rather in the beginning, we are all plants.”

– Professor James Dele Olowokudejo

In the very authoritative and convincing tradition of dons of the University of Lagos, Professor James Dele Olowokudejo presented the 14th Inaugural Lecture in 2017/2018 academic session, titled, ”The Enigmatic Kingdom of Plants: Their Power to Stimulate, Intoxicate, and Alter Consciousness; Their Power to Maim, Kill and Cure” on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the J. F. Ade-Ajayi Auditorium.

The Inaugural Lecturer explained how the title of his lecture reflects the overwhelming influence and incredible dominance of plants over all other forms of living and non – living entities, and the environment.

He shed light on the subject of Botany, traced its origin, elucidated some of its sub–disciplines including recent advances and current trends and took the audience on a tour of the world of plants, letting them see how plants mould their bodies, faculties, perceptions and tastes.

He then highlighted some of his research contributions within the general framework of his multidisciplinary training in Plant Taxonomy, Biosystematics, Biodiversity, Conservation and the Environment and drew attention to the fragile and precarious state of the environment. He also drew attention to how humans kill the atmosphere, land and oceans; deplete biodiversity and reduce the earth’s capacity to sustain life.

In conclusion, he outlined several general and specific recommendations which have both local and global implications.

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