From Ekiti State University

The Research for Impact initiative opened the door to a paradigm shift in my approach to research and innovation. With 23 years of experience as a researcher, I initially approached the program with a sense of familiarity, centered on traditional research practices. Little did I know that my journey at Innov8 Hub would be a catalyst for profound transformation.

The program challenged my ability to transition from developing problems for entire communities to honing in on the specific needs of an individual. Assigned with the task of creating a problem statement for a single person, I navigated unfamiliar territory. The guidance of astute facilitators, whom I fondly called my “teacher” proved invaluable. This experience not only unveiled a compelling problem statement rooted in a production manager, but also led to the generation of a myriad of solutions. It was a transformative moment that deepened my commitment to making a difference, one person at a time.

Immersed in the environment of Innov8 Hub, where creativity, invention, and innovation echoed through the walls, I found myself in a world where ideas were currency. R4i provided impactful sessions led by seasoned facilitators in the field of invention and innovation. Through these sessions, the mysteries at the intersection of invention and innovation began to unravel. This experience equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in both invention and innovation.

Innov8 Hub’s emphasis on commercialization and value addition was a pivotal aspect of my R4i experience. The program acknowledged the common tendency among researchers, including lecturers like myself, to publish findings that often end up on shelves without significant value addition or venture creation. This awareness inspired a shift in perspective, encouraging us to bridge the gap between research and practical application.

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