Tag: African Achievers

Aristide Gumyusenge | Rwandan appointed professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By Sharon Kantengwa | The New Times

A US-based Rwandan researcher, Aristide Gumyusenge, has been appointed as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the department of materials science, making him the only black faculty member in the department.

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Ime Umanah | Nigerian-American elected first black woman president of Harvard Law Review

By The Conclave

The prestigious Harvard Law Review has elected its first black woman president in its 130-year history. She Ime Umanah, 24, daughter of a Nigerian immigrant.

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Osaremen Okolo | Biden Names Nigerian-American As COVID-19 Advisor – Sahel Standard

By Sahel Standard Magazine  

President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has named a Nigerian-American, Osaremen Okolo as one of his COVID-19 policy advisor. Okolo was among 100 names announced as additional members of the White House staff by the Biden transition team.

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Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo | President-Elect Joe Biden names Nigerian-American as Deputy Treasury Secretary

By Ebimo Amungo

President-elect Joe Biden named key members of his economic team on Monday, and among them is Nigerian-born Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo who was announced as Deputy Treasury Secretary. Janet Yellen  was nominated as treasury secretary along with three other women in top roles on a diverse team that will help him navigate the nation’s punishing fiscal headwinds in hopes of building an economic recovery

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Edafe Okporo| Nigerian refugee is one of the inaugural recipients of the $200,000 David Prize for his efforts to end homelessness in America

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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Kelechi Madu |A Worthy Ambassador of Nigeria

Editorial by The Nation Newspaper

HE is a Nigerian-born Canadian leader of whom his country of birth is proud. Kaycee (Kelechi) Madu just made history as the first person of African origin to be appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor-General of Alberta, a province of Canada. His appointment to that office was not only historic, he has a historic mission and came a long way in his professional career and public service in his country of domicile to attain that height.

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Tomi Adeyemi | Meet 27 Yr Old Nigerian Woman More Influential Than Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy.

by JIDE OKONJO  | VOCAL

For years now, TIME Magazine has been known for compiling a very prestigious annual list of the year’s Most Influential People in the world. It is a list that celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and more from all works of life and from all over the world clamor for a spot on. In it’s long run, the magazine has seen a number of Nigerian names grace its list. People like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have been recognized at one time or another as one of the Most Influential People in the world.

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Nigerian Born Charles Osuji Among Top 25 Most Influential Canadian Lawyers, 2020

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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Kelechi Madu| Nigerian President Buhari congratulates new Minister of Justice of Alberta

by APA News | Journal du Cameroun

Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Mr. Kelechi Madu following his recent appointment as Minister of Justice of the province of Alberta, in Canada.

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Sharon Njeri Wambu | Kenyan-American Teen Who was accepted to 11 Ivy League Universities Settles for Stanford

By John Wanjohi | Mwakilishi.com

Sharon Njeri Wambu, a Kenyan-American teenager who received acceptance to 11 top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Cal Poly Pomona, and Vanderbilt after completing her high school education earlier this year has finally opted to attend Stanford University.

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