Nigeria was once known as the ‘Giant of Africa’ but with the downward spiral of the greatness that the country once had, no one seems to think of her as a Giant anymore. With corruption at the hem of affairs in all sectors of the economy consistently eating deep into the nation and very few reliable leaders, displaying the true meaning of leadership, in key sectors of the economy, Nigeria has consistently received heavy negative blows on her global perception.
The question on the lips of citizens, at home and in diaspora, is “Will this great giant rise again?”. Someone said, “Leadership is simply responsibility… and taking responsibility for the right causes that will bring remarkable changes!” Many patriotic Nigerians are taking the bull by the horn, taking up the responsibility for changing the global perception of their country, and these are a few of them:
She distinguished herself in September 2016 by winning UK Best / Favorite Pharmacist Award tagged ” I Love My Pharmacist Award 2016” presented by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in London. She was selflessly committed to helping patients in the Dudley community improve their health, promoting alcohol awareness and supporting alcohol dependent patients, organized annual health funfairs for the community and training for her team so they could carry out health promotion sessions in and outside the pharmacy.
18-year old Tobi has demonstrated the Nigerian spirit with his creativity. The Secondary School student (class 3), from Federal Government College (FGC), Ogbomoso , invented Nigeria’s First Solar Powered Mower and Grinder.
The crowned Miss Nigeria 2016, on a mission to empower younger women, commenced work on the “Green-Girl” Project, a Miss Nigeria Initiative. The Green-Girl Project is a community development initiative aimed at empowering young women in schools/communities across Nigeria to become agents of a sustainable environment in Nigeria.
He won the 2016 African Scrabble Championship Nigeria has emerged winner of the 13th Africa Scrabble Championship. He won 23 out of 32 games to dethrone his Nigerian counterpart – Nsikakabasi Etim, the immediate past Africa Scrabble Champion. This made his team to be the overall best team.
Amina Mohammed is Nigeria’s current Minister of Environment. The incoming UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently named her as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations that would be working closely with incoming UN Secretary-General.
Joseph Orya , Joshua Ichor
Both Secondary School Students, from Benue State, who invented an Irrigation Device. The device helps facilitate the easy irrigation of food crops and other plants. The new device was displayed during the National Children’s Arts, Science And Technology Exhibition EXPO 2016 which earned them the silver medal during the event.
Awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for the second time in two years. The Program, which is designed to build capacity of host institutions in Africa and to develop long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships between the universities, selects projects that were proposed by the host universities and matches them with scholars. Dr. Oriola was selected twice from a highly competitive pool of applicants to work with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university, in 2017, on a project geared towards developing graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Sociology of Terrorism, Social Movements, Policing and the Political Economy of Crime in the Developing World.
Esther Ruby Daniel
17 Year Old student, from Akwa Ibom State, broke the sporting record in an Indian University (Amity University, Haryana, India). She won various medals in different sporting events in the University and in competitions with other universities. She won a silver medal at the All Indian Law Student University Game. In 2016, she won Gold medal in singing in February, Gold medal in 200 meters on the 5th October ,Silver medal in long jump on 6th October and Gold medal in 100 meters on the 14th of October, 2016. She crowned it with a Gold in her final game on the 18th of October, 2016. In addition, she won a bronze medal for her university on the 21st of October 2016 in 100 meters during a competition with other universities. She is presently the Best Track and she has promised to continue to make Nigeria proud before her graduation.
Ogechi Ekeanyanwu , Yemisi Akinbobola , Chika Oduah
The Nigerian Journalists who won the CNN Multichoice African Journalists Awards. Ogechi Ekeanyanwu and Yemisi Akinbobola were honored for their investigative reporting for Premium Times on ‘How Nigerian young footballers are trafficked, abused, abroad’ while Chika Oduah, a freelance, was honored in the Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting category for utilizing web-based app to call attention to the deadly lead poisoning in Bagega, Zamfara State, Nigeria.
The Super Genius, from Akwa Ibom state, who broke a 50-year record in Japan, recently received his Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Honors). Ufot Ekong earlier achieved the highest grades at Tokai University in Tokyo Japan and he broke a 50 year record as well as solved a maths puzzle that was unsolvable for 30 years.
The creative specialist, who studied graphic design, motion graphics and animation ,with a burning passion for animation created ‘YouNeek Studios’ in 2012, an avenue that allowed him pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of Nigerian superheroes. Since then, he has been making headlines all over the world for his character-based storytelling and entertainment via digital comics, graphic novels and animation.
Prof. Nasiru Shua’ibu of Biochemical Parasitology Department, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria developed a malaria vaccine to prevent high rate of death from malaria fever. Using an approach different from other malaria vaccines, the new vaccine deals with controll and eventual elimination of malaria. He is currently working with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Japan, concluding research results on the new vaccine would soon be out for Nigerians to use.
Sarunmi Oluwafemi , Dada Samuel
They designed a new technology for generating Biogas through the treatment of animal waste which can be used for domestic cooking, generation of electricity and other purposes. The technology is targeted at providing a potential substitute for the ever costly liquefied petroleum gas.
A professional power-lifter who shattered world record and won gold in the women’s +86kg category at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil before she went on to set a new world and Games record by lifting 160kg at the same event. The gold medal is Nigeria’s eighth at the 2016 Paralympics. Team Nigeria is comfortably seats in the 10th position on the overall medals table with eight gold, two silver and one bronze.
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