Oyimi Elijah, medical laboratory scientist at the Onabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
''I imagine the future of my research is in cancer diagnostics because it also requires molecular diagnostics. I would like to find out new information, especially about African genetics because not much work is being done or has been done so far. I am an adventurous person and I have a personal interest in understanding genetics so, I just went into it. I didn't think it was going to be so sought after. You must have heard the Minister of Health saying that there are not many people who are molecular scientists in Nigeria, so you see, it is not an area that most people look at in Nigeria, it's not so common. Setting up a molecular lab is very expensive here, so I didn't think that I would be able to do something like this. I didn't think there was going to be a serious pandemic. Currently, the molecular lab is not a place of peace. Once I take off my normal clothes and I put on the PPE, I get the sense that I am going into battle. We have to be extra cautious of contamination but there is also a sense of joy also when we get results because anybody that begins an assignment, the joy is always that there is result at the end of it. Now, I feel like I am really contributing to the society.''