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Dr. Paul Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko

Akin-Otiko Dr. Paul Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko
Akin-Otiko

Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos.


Short biography

Presently, I am a researcher in the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, (IADS) University of Lagos, before then, I have taught religion at the Faculty of Education but now I am excited doing research in African Traditional medicine.

My B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, from the University of Ibadan, in 1996 and 2006 respectively have help me in making proper distinction and clarifications. The first thing I did was to distinguish medicine from religion and examine the science in the practice of Traditional Medicine. My background also played out in my monograph on redefining the Idea of Ifa.

Since 2013, when I defended my Ph.D. in African Traditional Medicine, I have given papers at both National and International Conferences with a focus on Traditional Medicine and how it impacts healthcare. My Book on the Uncommon Methods of Diagnosis sheds light on what Orthodox medicine needs to investigate and take advantage of. My research has taken me to associate with different Traditional bodies and organized workshops, the last one was to mark the World Health Day, which had the Theme: Universal coverage, and the Workshop examined the role that Traditional Medicine can play in achieving Universal Coverage.

My current research interest includes Bioethical issues in African Traditional Medicine, and this has worn me a Fellow of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA).

Publications

  • Akin-Otiko, Akinmayowa (2019). Unsaid Support in African Traditional Medicine for Chronic HIV/Aids Patients. A Paper Presented at the National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in University Education in Nigeria. University of Lagos. Monday 9th – Thursday 13th September, 2019.
  • Akin-Otiko Akinmayowa and Abusomwan Amenaghawon Sandra (2019). Looking Inwards: Beyond the Scarce and Costly Alternative Remedies For Medical Conditions in Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in University Education in Nigeria. University of Lagos. Monday 9th – Thursday 13th September, 2019.
  • Akin-Otiko, A. (2018). Ìleralorò (Health is Wealth): The Efficacy of African Traditional Medicine In Managing High Blood Pressure and Preventing Stroke in Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the 13th UNILAG Annual Research Conference & Fair. University of Lagos. Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th August, 2018.
  • Akin-Otiko, A. (2017). Indigenous Methods: Formidable Complementary Tools in the Fight Against Malaria in Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the 12th UNILAG Annual Research Conference & Fair. University of Lagos. 15th -17th August, 2017.
  • Akin-Otiko, A. (2013). Ifá Divination, a Method of Diagnosing and Treating Chronic Illnesses/Àmódi Among Yoruba People. In M. J. Stoltzfus, R. Green & D. Schumm (Eds) Chronic Illness and Spirituality: Diverse Disciplinary, Religious, and Cultural Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 239-252. ISBN: 978-1-137-35136-4.
  • Akin-Otiko, A. (2013). The Reality of Disease and the Yoruba Traditional Response: A Pastoral Concern. Ibadan Dominican Studies: A Dialogue of Faith, Reason and Science. (1)1: 173-190. ISBN:978-978-51041-1-1-7.
  • Akin-Otiko, A. (2013). An Appraisal of the Methods of Diagnosis in Yoruba Traditional Medicine: A contribution to Integrative Medicine. Journal of Social Science and Technology, IRCAB. (2) 2:67-74. ISSN: 2226-0536.
Akin-Otiko

Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos.


My first love was African Religion and Culture and this allowed me to examine the difference between African religion and African culture; and this ability to distinguish categories has extended to my second love which is, African Traditional Medicine.

I realize that it is important to distinguish religion from Traditional Medicine, in order to identify and appreciate the science in Traditional Medicine. My recent researches have shown how Traditional Medicine can be analysed and evaluated using general scientific categories. I have published and made over 25 conference presentations to show the value of African Religion and Traditional Medicine healthcare delivery.

The essence of this contribution to science is to draw traffic and attention of a highly relevant but disparaged area of study. It is still largely not researched and it requires as much efforts as possible to excavate the value in African Traditional Medicine.

Akin-Otiko

Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos.


Dr. Paul Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko
01.02.2020 - 31.03.2020

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