Nigeria trip was fun (and exhausting)

This past summer, I was in Ibadan, Nigeria to help pull off a workshop on molecular techniques. This was a training session for scientists in this country, with a particular emphasis on helping build much needed science infrastructure (in this case trained personnel).

In any event, here is a small photo album of the trip, as well as a Harper’s List inspired collection of facts I collected this time around.

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Some points to consider.

Topic of workshop delivered by author of post (and his colleague Joanne Fox) – Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics;

Number of Pipettemans available to us – 24;

Number of computers available to us – 20;

Length of workshop – 2 weeks;

Actual number of days with working internet – 1;

Number of Nobel Laureates once residing in Ibadan – 1 (Wole Soyinka);

His discipline – literature, drama, poetry;

Approximate noise level of a theatrical performance in a small auditorium – 75 – 85dB;

Highest recorded noise level in the operating theatres of the University College Hospital in Ibadan – 74-89dB;

Number of medical/graduate student/scientist clients at our workshop – 24;

Approximate price of science graduate student tuition (per year) at the University of Ibadan – US$450;

Tuition for a foreign student – US$3,000;

Amount of stipend received by graduate student – US$0;

Funds for scientific supplies for graduate student – US$0 (students actually often have to buy their own reagents);

Price of standard room at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (or IITA – where we stayed) – US$100 per night.;

Cost of cell phone call from my telephone to home – $3 per minute;

Cost of cell phone call from local phone to home – 12c per minute;

Number of Tennis Courts at the IITA – 2;

Price of a soda pop at the IITA – US$1;

Percentage of Nigeria’s population of 150 million living on less than $1 per day – 50%

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In case, you’re totally confused what this is all about, this trip is my third to Nigeria to help with a developing science infrastructure project. You can read about my first trip here.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at