The 11th and 12th editions of For Women In Science Young Talents Programme took place in Kigali, Rwanda. 40 female African Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa got rewarded for their exceptional achievements, and among them were 4 bright Nigerians. These women, each hailing from Nigerian Universities represented Nigeria and shared the struggles they faced in pursuing their academics. Both the 2020 (11th Set) and the 2021 (12th Set) were honored in a joint celebration to make up for restrictions last year.
Meeting and interacting with them was eye-opening and encouraging. They are proof that if you want something bad enough, you can and will get it.
Take a look at the 4 Nigerians and get to know their names;
Adekemi Adesulu (Post-Doctorate, Biological Sciences) 11th Set (2020)
Hailing from the Food Science & Technology Laboratory, Bowen University, Iwo comes Adekemi Adesulu. She specializes in environmental genomics and is interested in the analysis of the microbial composition of raw milk and traditional dairy products in Nigeria. Her goal is to help ensure the safety and quality of African fermented foods.
Motunrayo Coker (PhD Student, Life and Environmental Sciences) 12th Set (2021)
From the Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit, IAMRAT, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan is Motunrayo Coker. This PhD student specializes in genetics and heredity. Her field of research lies in the role of genetics in memory loss or cognitive impairment after a stroke. Her goal is to unravel the role of genetics in the cognitive disability experienced by post-stroke survivors.
Lois Okereke (PhD Student, Formal Sciences) 12th Set (2021)
Lois hails from the Mathematics Institute – Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence (ERCE) of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), African University of Science and Technology, Abuja. She specializes in Applied Mathematics & has focused her research on non-linear operator theory and its applications within medical physics, biology and oncology. Lois works to demonstrate how these abstract mathematical notions address everyday issues faced by Biologists, Oncologists and Medical Physicists in the treatment of cancer.
Ibukunoluwa Adetutu Olajide (PhD Student, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering) 11th Set (2020)
This PhD student hails from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure. Her research aims to develop an optical communication model capable of reacting to the specific conditions of tropical areas, using predictive algorithms. More broadly, she hopes that her research in the field of engineering will lead to the establishment of efficient communication networks and the development of reliable power supply on the continent.
Watch out for more on these amazing women in our December 2021 issue of TW Magazine NG!