By Jeremiah Rodriguez | CTVNews
From fleeing persecution to starting a new life in the U.S., young Tani Adewumi’s immigrant journey was mired with adversity, mirroring the refugee experience of so many who land in North America. But picking up chess just four years ago ended up becoming a transformational move that has helped change everything for his family. And now, at only 10 years old, Tani just became a U.S. national chess master. The Nigerian refugee’s remarkable rise comes two years after he gained worldwide attention for winning the New York State chess championship while he and his family were living in a homeless shelter.
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By Oghenekevwe Uchechukwu | ICIR
NIGERIAN-BORN Canadian lawyer Foluke Oyedeji-Laosebikan has received her Queen’s Counsel appointment in Saskatchewan, Canada.
In a statement, Minister of Justice and Attorney- General for Saskatchewan, Gordon Wyant said: “I am pleased to recognise Dr. Laosebikan for her commitment to the legal community, and her dedication as the President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. She is well-deserving of the Queen’s Counsel designation.”
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By PETER DOCKRILL | Science Alert
Maryam Tsegaye, a 17-year-old Ethiopean Canadian from Fort McMurray, Alberta has won a major scientific competition for an electrifying YouTube video in which she brilliantly simplifies the complicated concept of quantum tunnelling.
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By KOJO EMMANUEL | Pulse Ghana
Ghanaian Professor and President of the Nobel International Business School (NiBS), Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima has been listed among the top two percent scientists on the continent. The most coveted and prestigious list of World Ranking of top two percent scientists published on October 16, 2020, featured Professor Atuahene-Gima.
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BY NATE BERG | Fast Company
After fleeing homophobic violence and repression in Nigeria in 2016, public health and gay rights activist Edafe Okporo came to the United States to seek asylum. He spent five months in detention before being released one night with nowhere to go. His only option was a homeless shelter, the first of several he’d stay in before eventually finding a job that got him on his feet.
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BY EDITOR | The Guardian
TIME has released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2020 which features four Nigerians. Appearing on the list is an honour, as entrants are recognized for their contribution to the world.
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By Peters Ifeoma | DNL Legal and Style
Nigerian Born lawyer, Charles Osuji has been voted one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer. He is the first Nigerian-born, internationally-trained lawyer to receive this Award after a few years of relocating to Canada.
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By Yale Council for African Studies
Marius Kothor, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and Council on African Studies (CAS) Graduate Affiliate has been awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) by the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright IIE award, and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship. All three awards offer nine to twelve months of funding to graduate students to conduct dissertation research in whole or in part, outside the United States.
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By Cynthia Littleton | Variety
Pearlena Igbokwe was an English major at Yale, so it’s no surprise that she loves the process of reading and analyzing a literary work, breaking down the text and identifying its major themes and conclusions. In grade school, she was the type of kid who didn’t groan when a book report was assigned.
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By Ebimo Amungo
Two African economist have made the list of of The 100 Most Influential Economists Online (2020). Zambian-born Dambisa Moyo was recognised as a global thought leader while Kenyan economist David Ndii, a well known columnist for the Telegraph also made the list.
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