Nigerian Academy of Science


Nigerian Academy of Science
Formation18 January 1977
HeadquartersLagos, Nigeria
268 Fellows
Ekanem Ikpi Braide
WebsiteOfficial website

The Nigerian Academy of Science is the official science academy of Nigeria. The academy of science was established on 18 January 1977, as an association of Nigeria's foremost scientists, but incorporated in 1986.[1][2] It is the apex scientific organization in Nigeria. The academy acts as a scientific advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria, funds research fellowships, and scientific start-up companies.[3] The academy is governed by its council, which is chaired by the academy's president, according to a set of Statutes and Bye-laws. The members of council and the president are elected from, and by its Fellows. The basic members of the academy are also elected by existing Fellows. There are currently 268 Fellows allowed to use the postnominal title FAS, with not more than 10 new Fellows appointed each year. The current president is Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide, a professor of Parasitology/Epidemiology. The Nigerian Academy of Science is Nigeria's national representative on such bodies as the International Science Council (ISC) – the umbrella body for all science associations and unions – and the Inter-Academy Partnership for Policy (IAP) – the umbrella body for all national science academies globally. The academy is also a member of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).[4]

Structure and governance

The academy is governed by its council, which is chaired by the academy's president, according to a set of Statutes and Bye-laws. The members of council, the president and the other officers are elected from and by its Fellowship.[5]


The academy's core members are the Fellows: scientists and engineers from Nigeria nominated to be fellow of the academy based on having made "a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Medical Science".[6] The process of becoming a fellow of the academy is procedural. It begins by a nomination of qualified candidate by a fellow of the academy, often refers to as the principal nominator who must be in the same academic field as the candidate. He would submit a nomination form on behalf of the preferred candidate and the nomination period last for one month, from June to July. Thereafter, the candidate will be invited for screening by appropriate Sectional Committees before a recommendation to the council chaired by the president for short-listing. Short-listed candidates are then presented to the general assembly for election. To be successful, candidates must score at least half of the total votes cast. Fellows are elected for life, and gain the right to use the postnominal Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS) title. The rights and responsibilities of Fellows also include a duty to financially contribute to the academy, the right to stand for council posts, and the right to elect new Fellows. Not more the ten (10) Fellows are elected annually.[7]


The council is a body of 17 Fellows, including the officers (the president, the treasurer, three Secretaries—one from the physical sciences, one from biological sciences— the Foreign Secretary and the public affairs secretary). The council is tasked with coordinating the academy's overall policy, managing all business related to the academy, amending, making or repealing the academy's Standing Orders. Members are elected annually via a postal ballot. The president, vice president, 3 secretaries, and the treasurer are collectively the officers of the academy.[8] The officers in 2021 are:

  • President: Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide, FAS
  • Vice President: Professor Abubakar Sambo, FAS
  • Treasurer: Professor Olukayode Adebowale, FAS
  • Biological Secretary: Professor Oluwole Familoni, FAS
  • Physical Secretary: Professor Sunday Atawodi, FAS
  • Foreign Secretary: Professor Babajide Alo, FAS
  • Public affairs Secretary: Professor Musbau Akanji, FAS


  • Prof. Ekanem Ikpi Braide became president in January 2021 . She is the Pro-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University and she is be the first woman President.[9]

Past presidents

See also


  1. ^ "Nigerian Academy of Science".
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  4. ^ "Punch Editor wins Nigerian Academy of Science award". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. ^ "New President for Nigerian Academy of Science". NigerianMuse. February 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Nigerian brand through A Harvest of Nature... - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^ "New Advisory Board Constituted for the Prestigious Nigeria Prizes". Vanguard News. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  8. ^ NAN (13 April 2015). "The Nigeria Academy of Science seeks effective use of science/technology for economic development". The Guardian. Nigeria. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  9. ^ "1st female President-elect of Nigerian Academy of Science". Vanguard News. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.