Category: Achievements

Nigerian teen, Timi Adelakun, sets two records in U.S. high school

By Aishat Babatunde | Premium Times

A Nigerian has become the first black valedictorian and the graduating student with the highest grade points ever recorded at a United States’ high school. Timi Adelakun, 18, graduated with 5.604 GPA at South Broward High School in Florida.

The youngest of three children, he said his feat means a lot to his family and community.

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Kenyan Journalist Larry Madowo scoops prestigious Philip Greer Award from Columbia University

By NANCY AGUTU | The Star

Media Personality Larry Madowo has been crowned the winner of the 2020 Philip Greer Award for his Financial Writing at the Columbia University in New York. Madowo, who was the British Broadcasting Corporation Africa Business Editor, was admitted to Columbia University back in April 2019.

He was admitted to the prestigious university as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in the class of 2019-2020. 

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Meet Nnamdi Ezenwa: The Nigerian-American Valedictorian At Thurgood Marshall Law School Class of 2020

By Brittany Ireland | HBCUBUZZ

Congratulations are in order for Nnamdi Ezenwa. For the first time in 13 years, the highest performing person in the graduating class at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University is a Black man.

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Ghanaian-American, Kyle Ayisi accepted into 14 colleges in US, including five Ivy League Schools

By MOHAMMED AWAL | Face2Face Africa

Kyle Ayisi, a Ghanaian-American teenager, has every right to be in a celebratory mood, after being accepted into 14 colleges and universities in the United States, including five Ivy League Schools. Some of the schools Ayisi gained admission into were Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Washington University, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt.

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Cynthia and Jasmine Kudji: Ghanaian mother and Daughter Graduate from Medical School in same Year

By Briefly

Ghanaian-born Dr Cynthia Kudji and her daughter, Jasmine, have etched their names in the history books by becoming the first mom and daughter duo to graduate from medical school in the same year and be matched at the same institution in the United States for their residency.

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Angie Toluhi awarded competitive American Association of Women International Fellowship

by Karen Templeton | UAB News

Angelina “Angie” Aduke Toluhi, MBBS, MPH, a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health, was awarded an American Association of University Women International Fellowship. The physician who championed a number of initiatives to improve the health of mothers and children in her home country, Nigeria, will get $20,000 as part of the fellowship.

The award will help fund her doctoral education at University of Alabama.

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Kenyan-American teen accepted into 11 top US universities

By Hilary Kimuyu | NAIROBI NEWS

A Kenyan-American teenager has been accepted into 11 prestigious universities in the US after she completed high school. Sharon Njeri Wambu, whose parents immigrated to the US from Kenya, received acceptance to 11 top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Cal Poly Pomona, and Vanderbilt.

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Top 10 influential migrant Africans in the United States

 In celebration of Black History Month, WorldRemit, a leading fintech company and provider of international money transfer services, has launched the inaugural Top Ten Most Influential Africans in the Diaspora list. WorldRemit launched this list to honor and recognize the contributions Africans have made in America.

By Claudine Moore

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Angélique Kidjo Wins Best World Music Album For ‘Celia’ at 2020 GRAMMYs

Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Celia at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. This marks her fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall. 

During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their contriutions to world music, including Celia Cruz.

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Ghanaian chemical scientist, Professor Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng, receives American Society’s highest honour

Professor Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Central University, has been honoured by the American Chemical Society for his contributions to the development of industrial chemistry and for discoveries of medicines that impact the welfare of society.

He is among a team of 16 scientists from Paratek Pharmaceuticals whose work for the development of the FDA-approved antibiotic drugs Nuzyra (omadacycline) and Seysara (sarecycline) was recognised and adorned with the Heroes of Chemistry award.

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