The Department of Botany is one of the oldest departments of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (then University of Ife), being one of the foundation departments the University started with in 1962. Throughout its existence, the Department’s students have come from all parts of Nigeria and some African countries. Many graduates of the Department have enjoyed prominent careers and have continued to excel in numerous fields.
The Department is committed to provide high quality training of international standards contributing to the advancement of knowledge of Botanical Sciences that is socially and ethically relevant and applying that knowledge to scientific and socioeconomic development of our nation and the wider world.
The Department operates a student advisory system whereby each student is assigned to a staff adviser to advise and guide him/her throughout the duration of his/her course.
There are twenty-two academic members of staff in the different areas of Botanical Sciences in the Department. The Department undertakes teaching and research in the following areas of Botanical Sciences namely Anatomy, Morphology, Cryptogams, Ecology, Genetics, Physiology, Taxonomy, Biotechnology and Ethno botany. It runs M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programmes in all these areas.
The Department has an internationally recognized Herbarium, ‘Ife’ Herbarium, which is one of the repositories of the largest collections of plant specimens among the Herbaria in Nigeria.
Our vision is to be a progressive Department that serves as a National Centre for the Plant Sciences by training undergraduates and graduates who will be leaders in Botanical education and research and to energize the public appreciation of plants.
Our mission is to promote research and educate in basic plant biology.