Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh Wins 2020 Whitley Awards

Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh has won the 2020 Whitley Award worth £40,000 for her work with chimpanzees in Nigeria.

Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh is among six conservationists to receive 2020 Whitley Awards to support their work to conserve some of the planet’s most endangered species and spectacular natural habitats. While normally presented to winners by charity Patron HRH Princess Royal at an annual ceremony in London, the 2020 Whitley Awards Ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Nevertheless, the winners will receive their funding now, they will be invited to attend a ceremony and related events in London later this year to celebrate their achievements, should circumstances allow.

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Kazeem Jimoh Wins 2019 UNESCO Man And the Biosphere (MAB) Award

Kazeem Jimoh, a Research Fellow with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) has been selected for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Award under the category of MAB Young Scientist of 2019.

27-year-old Kazeem Jimoh is the third Nigerian ever to be decorated with the prestigious prize in a programme that seeks to promote a new generation of scientists worldwide to addressing ecological and sustainability issues. The award is focused at encouraging young researchers to undertake work on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.

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Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated At National Medical Center, Abuja

A conjoined set of twins (Mercy and Goodness Ede) that had one liver, a protruding tummy and a lower chest were successfully separated, in a 12-hour surgery involving 78 medical personnel, at the National medical center, Abuja.

The leader of the team that performed the surgery, pediatric surgeon Professor Emmanuel Ameh, said the twins had to be monitored for 15 months before the separation was done because the twins needed to grow well in order to withstand the complex surgery. He noted that nutrition and infection control were critical in the preparation.

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