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David Olufemi Olaleye: erudite virologist, excellent mentor and academic giant

By Georgina Njideka Odaibo, Professor of Virology and Specialist Adviser, University College Hospital, Ibadan, University of Ibadan
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David Olufemi Olaleye, who passed away in July, made an impact on many lives. He was an excellent teacher and mentor – like a father to many. A defender of the oppressed and a forthright person, who stood for the truth.

He was a researcher par excellence, highly knowledgeable, intelligent and humble. He supervised my master’s project in 1993 and I was his first PhD student. I worked closely with him for almost 30 years and it’s been difficult to accept that he is no…


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