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On Thursday, 11th July, 2019, Professor Onatolu Odukoya delivered the First Distinguished lecture of the Faculty of Dental Sciences which is also the first to be performed at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos Idi-Araba.

In his opening remarks, The Provost, Professor F.E.A Lesi, praised the Distinguished Professor for his contributions to the College and congratulated the Faculty of Dental Sciences for the laudable achievement. He encouraged other Professors to emulate his success.

The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Oluwole Familoni FAS, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics & Research), University of Lagos congratulated the distinguished lecturer for the feat and informed the audience that the distinguished lecture was the first to be delivered in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.

Professor Onatolu Odukoya, who is a Distinguished Professor & Consultant of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology/Biology in the Faculty of Dental Sciences delivered a stimulating lecture on “Odontogenic Tumors (OT) in Africa: Are researchers making significant impact on the quality of life of affected patients”. He started his talk from the initiation of tooth formation to the development of vestibular lamina and dental lamina with the progression of the dental organ. He further enumerated the research works he has carried out on Odontogenic Tumours and the various published articles done across sub-Saharan Africa.

Distinguished Professor Onatolu Odukoya recommended that African researchers need to put extra effort in critical areas for development on OT while also moving beyond epidemiological studies. He urged African leaders to allocate more funding into oral health research rather than depend on external funding. He also advocated that the ultimate goal of an African researcher on OT should be to attain research standard that will eradicate OT especially Ameloblastoma from the Continent of Africa.

The Acting College Secretary, Mr. Kayode Owotutu in his vote of thanks appreciated the Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Onatolu Odukoya. He thanked the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwole Familoni FAS, and other prominent guests who graced the lecture. .

College Management, Faculty of Dental Sciences and other dignitaries at the event were: The Deputy Provost, Professor S.R.A. Akinbo, The Chief Medical Director LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, Dean Faculty of Dental Sciences, Professor O.O. Sofola, Professor Osibogun, Former C.M.D, LUTH and Faculty Officer Dental Sciences, Mr. O.M. Adeduro.