Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation is intended to reward and honour African scientists who have made outstanding contributions in scientific discovery or technological innovation.

The Prize has been named out of appreciation for the previous President of Nigeria, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in acknowledgement of his exemplary statesmanship and administration at the national, regional and international levels and his contributions to political well-being, socio-economic development and the positive role he has played in the African continent.

The African Academy of Science (AAS) seeks to promote and foster the growth of a vibrant African scientific community and to stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific discovery and technological innovation that would serve socio-economic development in Africa. The Chief Obasanjo Prize will be awarded to each of the following fields:

  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Information and communication technologies, and
  • Material sciences.


  • Open to all African scientists and technologists and does not recognise gender, ethnic, or geographical differences.
  • National scientists and Fellows in the employment of or who serve as senior advisors to The AAS are not eligible for nomination.
  • The award may not be made to any individual who is a current member from the Governing Organ of The AAS.


A cash award of $5,000 but this may periodically be reviewed and adjusted by the Governing Council (GC) of The AAS;
Gold Medal inscribed and
Citation – in a form of certificate
The ASS will provide airfares too, within and from the selected venue, and all reasonable expenses arising from the award program

The Prize may be awarded to an individual or jointly to two or more persons who will share the cash award in equal amounts.

How to Apply

If you would like to partake in the Olusegun Obasanjo prize for Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation, register by filling in the online form. Deadline for application is Thursday, December 6, 2019.

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