By Anna Azvolinsky | The Scientist
Not long after starting a job as the head of a chemistry lab at a high school in Benin City, Nigeria, Charles Rotimi told his parents that he wanted to leave his native country to pursue a graduate degree abroad. He applied to a petrochemical engineering school in the UK and to the University of Mississippi for a health care administration degree, at the advice of a Nigerian friend working there. Rotimi chose the US school because of the cheaper tuition. His mother, who ran her own business, offered Rotimi $10,000, enough for a year in the States. “That was a huge amount of money for my family and a validation that she had confidence and trust in my succeeding,” says Rotimi, now director of the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health at the US National Institutes of Health.
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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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By Tosin Omoniyi | Premium Times
The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York on Saturday held a remembrance ceremony to honour the memory of Nigerians who died from COVID-19 within its jurisdiction.
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By Ebimo Amungo with State Department þ
Akunna Cook serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Biden-Harris Administration. In this role, Ms. Cook oversees the development of U.S. foreign policy for Southern Africa, as well as economic and regional issues including trade, investment, climate, health, multilateral engagement, democracy, and human rights.
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By Ebimo Amungo
The University Boston Metropolitan College has awarded the 2021 Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching to Nigerian-born, Dr. Abraham Waya.
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BY OLAOTAN FALADE | TheNewsGuru
NBA club Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement with Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to make him the franchise’s new coach, sources told ESPN. Udoka, a former Nigeria international will replace Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens.
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I must introduce you to an old family friend of mine: moi moi. It’s a simple dish of humble ingredients: steamed black-eyed peas, mostly, with a few garnishes tucked in for flash. But food, like other aspects of culture, is more than the sum of its parts. Moi moi is one of the ways I found home, and the first dish that I thought of when I was asked to produce this series on African diasporic foods.
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By Tony Ailemen | Thisday Newspaper
Paschal Okechukwu Mbawuike a Nigerian-American fondly known as Mr. Wonderful by friends, has for several years attained global heights while having a strong presence in his home country. He could rightly be described as a key stakeholder among Nigerians in the Diaspora and a Washington power broker. Mbawuike sits on the crest of a leading corporate entity, Cohen and Woods International, a Washington-based Africa focused consulting firm,
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By Oluwole Ige | Tribune
The United States Mission Country Consular Coordinator in Nigeria, Susan Tuller, recently disclosed that over 13,000 Nigerian students are currently studying in different universities and other higher institutions of learning in America. She added that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Nigerian students, who applied for visa rose by 2.5 per cent in the 2019/2020 school calendar year.
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Feeds 1000 kids in Lagos
Kamaru Usman, the Nigerian-born welterweight world champion of the Mixed Marshal Art promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, is visiting his home country for the first time in 26 years. He has had a busy schedule but has also taken time to take part in some philanthropic activities including feeding 1000 indigent children in Lagos.
By Alex Monye | The Guardian Newspaper
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