Nigerian Animal Scientist Chose UKZN because of its ‘International Recognition’
Mr Rasheed Adebayo was motivated to study for an MSc Agricultural degree at UKZN as he knew it would advance his career at the Federal University of Technology in Minna, Nigeria.
‘UKZN is an institution I chose for its International recognition,’ said Adebayo.
Adebayo’s hard work paid off when he was awarded his master’s degree in Animal Science cum laude. His thesis, which he undertook under the supervision of Professor Ignatius Nsahlai, investigated the effect of roughage quality and the period of meal termination on rumen fill.
‘Roughages are relished by ruminants but there is fluctuation in their availability based on the season,’ said Adebayo. ‘My research measured the fill of a stomach compartment called the rumen, which determines when a ruminant has eaten enough during feeding.
‘This research will assist with the adequate management of the available food for the animals at both times of plenty and of scarcity.
‘Everything was enjoyable at UKZN,’ said Adebayo. ‘My supervisor Professor Ignatius Nsahlai was welcoming, motivating, dedicated and goal-oriented, the postgraduate office was homely and comfortable, the Ukulinga research farm was purposefully conducive and the farm staff were enthusiastically supportive.
‘The laboratory was adequately equipped and inexhaustible research materials were available in the library and online. What else could one possibly need for an enabling research environment?’
Adebayo said his choice of agriculture as an area of focus was because he enjoyed nature and had an unwavering passion to support the growing economy of his nation. He has already secured admission for continued PhD research on ruminant production in the tropics from a forage-based diet.
Adebayo thanked his wife Barrister Aminah Amusa-Adebayo and children Tamim, Aishah and Muhammad for their support. ‘I would also like to thank Dr Ridwan Aiyetoro, my harbinger to UKZN, Professor Ignatius Nsahlai my supervisor and mentor and ultimately my parents, who still treat me with tender care.’
Adebayo also gave glory to God.