On 24 July, IITA marked its 50th year of founding with a huge celebration at its headquarters in Ibadan, attended by high-level government officials that included three presidents or heads of state, research collaborators, partners, alumni, and staff.

More than 750 individuals took part in the jubilation that was marked by a program featuring messages from the dignitaries, a cake-cutting ceremony, commissioning of a youth training center, laying of foundation stones for a new tissue culture facility at the Business Incubation Platform, book launching, exhibitions, and presentations of plaques.