Category: Achievements

Meet the 18-Year-Old Nigerian Going For a PhD program In New York University

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK

While a 15 year old Nigerian, Ekene Franklin, is being denied admission into university in Nigeria despite obtaining the highest score in the country’s university admissions exam, another Nigerian, Danial Obaji, has been awarded a fully funded scholarship to a doctorate program at the New York University.

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All-girls robotics team from Ghana wins World Robofest Championship in the U.S.

By Ismail Akwei

An all-girls robotics team from Ghana has won the senior division of the World Robofest Championship in the United States. They won the topmost position by beating teams from the United States, Mexico, Egypt, South Korea and dozens of others.

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Yale University honors Nigerian Chimamanda Adichie, Zimbabwean Strive Masiyiwa, and Kenyan Elephant activist, Cynthia Moss with doctorates

Yale University presented honorary degrees to 11 individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields at its 318th graduation ceremony recenty. Among the honorees were Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, Zimbabwean owner of Econet Wireless, Strive MAsiyiwa and Cynthia Moss, an American who has dedicated her life to the welfare of Kenya’s Amboseli elephants.

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, ranked among Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the world’s greatest leaders

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has been rated one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2019. The Nigerian is the only billionaire and philanthropist from the continent on the list, clinching 11th position among several other top world leaders.

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Escaped Chibok girl Palmatah Mutah graduates in United States

Palmatah Mutah, one of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by terrorists in Northern Nigeria in 2014, has earned an associate degree from a community college in the United States of America.

Her graduation day came five years, one month and three days after the ignoble mass abductions that sparked global outrage and ignited the #Bringbackourgirls campaign.

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Nigerian-born doctor wins ‘brain tumor research’ award in US

Chibawanye Ene, a Nigerian-born doctor, has won the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award on brain tumor research.

According to the Applied Radiation Oncology, a quarterly journal on cancer, Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual scientific meeting which held from April 13 to April 17 in San Diego, US.

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Nigerian Graduates With 4:00 CGPA From Texas A&M, Joins US Army Reserves

By Ngere Ify Davies

A young Nigerian man is being celebrated by his friends on social media after he bagged his masters degree at a prestigious university. The young man had graduated as the overall best student in his school.

Nnanna Edmund graduated with a 4:00 Cumulative Grade Point Average from the Texas A&M University Kingsville in the Uniteds States.

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Three Africans listed as Time Magazine Next Generation Leaders

By AT editor

The Time Magazine portrait of Swedish climate champion Greta Thunberg got lots of attention on social media, but she was just one of 10 people named as Next Generation Leaders – and three of them have ties to the African continent.

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Kenyan students Bag UN Gold Award in US

Two students of Global Teacher of the Year 2019, Father Peter Tabichi, have followed in his footsteps by winning a competition in the US. 

By Dennis Mwangi


Esther Amimo Anyanzwa and Salome Njeri, both from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, Nakuru County, bagged the UN Sustainable Development Goal Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) on Thursday night in Phoenix Arizona.

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Nigerian-American earns 6.9 GPA to become first black valedictorian in school’s 125-year history

By Akinpelu Oluwafunmilayo

Nigerian-American Tobechukwu Tobi Phillips recently became the first Black valedictorian in Alvin High School’s 125 year history. She outdid herself by earning a 6.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

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Nigerian Wins Nahlah Ayed Global Leadership Award in Canada

By Paschal Njoku

A Nigerian student, Peter Genger, of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, Canada, has emerged co-winner of the 2019 Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship.

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Zimbabwean-American academic, Tererai Trent, to be honoured with statue in New York City

Zimbabwean-American academic Dr Tererai Trent has been named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women in the world as part of an initiative called “Sculpted for Equal Rights”.

A life-size bronze statue of the US-based academic will be unveiled alongside those of other honorees at Rockefeller Centre in New York City on August 26.

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Andrews University Michigan awards doctorate degree to Kenyan Chief Justice, David Maraga

By Eddy Mwanza

Kenya’s Chief Justice (CJ), David Maraga, added a feather to his cap as he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Andrews University in Michigan, USA.

The Supreme Court president shared his joy at being granted such an honour from the 145-year-old American University.

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Franciscan Children’s Hospital Patient From Kenya Becomes U.S. Citizen

By Michelle Fisher

Thursday was a very special day for 18-year-old Kenya native Peter Muhia. Inside his hospital room at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, he officially become a U.S. citizen.

“I’m so thankful to everybody who participated in this and made it happen,” said his mom Martha Kamau.

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Mo Salah and Rami Malek Among TIME’s 2019 Most Influential 100

Egyptian football sensation Mohamed Salah has been listed among the TIME’s 2019 most influential people.

The 26 year old star also features on the cover of the magazine. Inside, HBO John Oliver paid tribute to the footballer, calling him an “an “iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over.”

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