Factors Driving The Positive Progress And Excellence Of Nigeria And Nigerians Globally In 2020

Factors Driving The Positive Progress And Excellence Of Nigeria And Nigerians Globally In 2020

Where does the good or positive news happen for Nigeria and Nigerians?

At PositiveNaija, we have sought out to deduce the geographic locations (within Nigeria or abroad), which the positive/success news/updates recorded are being achieved. In other words, our aim is to be able to tell objectively, how conducive/enduring the environments are to what Nigeria/Nigerians are achieving. To do this, we determined the locations on the basis of where exactly the achievement, progress, success, etc. was done or achieved as well as will be done or achieved and not based on where an award/recognition was or is presented.

It is important to mention that most achievements by Nigeria/Nigerians achieved abroad should not be relegated as being ‘superior’ or achieved out of a ‘privileged comfortable environment’ as most of these achievements are usually first in recognition of what has been done/attained within Nigeria and as such requiring an international/global export.

As an improvement, from the year 2019, we have increased efforts towards matching the published news to their actual or respective months to give more accurate reflection on our reports/statistics accordingly to actual happenings. This removes the added pressure of having to report instantaneously at the end of every month even as we have now modified the release of our newsletters to bi-annual rather than monthly.

What factors are responsible for the positive progress and excellence of Nigeria and Nigerians globally?

We have also gone a step higher to reveal, appreciate and understand the factors that are driving or are responsible for these positives recorded by Nigeria and Nigerians globally particularly within Nigeria.

At the most basic level, we have attributed ‘courage and drive for distinction’ as the most fundamental element or driver or factor of all positive progress achieved.


*Last updated on the 22nd of March, 2020

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January 2020 – Geographical matching and identification of driving factors of the positive progress and excellence of Nigeria and Nigerians

*We have noted ‘the courage and drive for distinction’ of Nigeria and Nigerians as fundamental factors of all positive progress achieved.

No.Titles of Positive NewsCategoryDriving Factor 1Driving Factor 2Location:




1.Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated At National Medical Center, AbujaHealth & EnvironmentTo provide cheap surgery in Nigeria.Effective team work by 78 medical personnel.Yes
2.Oshoala Asisat Wins 2019 CAF African Women’s Best Player AwardSportsYes
3.Chukwuebuka Ezekwe And Favour Chieke Win 2nd MARVICO Badminton ChampionshipSportsTo encourage Obazu youths to take to sports even as a source of income.Yes
4.Kazeem Jimoh Wins 2019 UNESCO Man And the Biosphere (MAB) AwardScience and TechnologyTo promote a new generation of scientists worldwide to addressing ecological and sustainability issues.Yes
5.Winners Of The Ballers Awards 2019SportsYes
6.Egbe Joy, Derick Nwasor And Oghale Yome Win ROSATOM Atoms For Africa CompetitionScience and TechnologyTo inspire and raise the next generation of nuclear energy technology experts in Nigeria.Yes
8.Reelfruit Emerges Winner Of Village Capital Accelerator Program [2020]Business & EconomySolutions addressed food security issues and improved results for small farmers on the African continent.Yes
9.Winners Of Global Business Outlook Awards 2019 [Nigeria]Business & EconomyTo recognise and reward excellence in business to companies both in the public and private sector.Yes
10.Amos Abba Emerges Third-Place Winner Of Fetisov Journalism Award [2019]Art, Media & EntertainmentTo reward outstanding journalists with major money prizes for their dedicated work.Yes
11.Team Earth Wins InterswitchSPAK 2.0 Innovation ChallengeScience and TechnologyTo identify a problem in the agricultural value chain in Nigeria leveraging technology’.Quality of the ideas and level of creativity demonstrated.Yes
12.Linus Victor Anyanna Emerges Overall Best Graduating Student At Federal University Gusau [2019]Education & InnovationYes
13.Dr. Rita Orji Receives 2019 ISRII Rising Star AwardEducation & InnovationSignificant impacts on the international scene, reflecting scientific excellence and public impact.Yes
14.KPMG Nigeria Banking Industry Expectation Survey For Banks Providing Best Customer Experience [2019]Business & EconomyTo assess the quality of customer experience provided by Nigerian banks.Yes
15.Winners Of Capital Finance International (CFI.co) Awards 2019/2020 [Nigeria]Business & EconomyTo seek out individuals and organisations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders.Yes
16.Francis Erhabor Emerges Accountability Lab 2019 Lead Integrity IconReligion, Social Values & EmpowermentTo promote accountability, transparency and greater participation in governance across Nigeria.Passionate about the job.Yes
17.Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye Wins Gold (57 Kg) At 2020 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series TournamentSportsProfessionalism, Integrity, Passion and Excellence.Yes
18.University Of Lagos (UNILAG) Wins 2019/2020 CFA Institute Research ChallengeEducation & InnovationAnalytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills.To access mentors in financial analysis and professional ethics and also get trained intensively.Yes
19.Ogori Magongo Wins 2019 Ajanah Basketball ChampionshipSportsYes
20.Chinonso Eche Achieves Guinness World Record For Football FreestyleSportsContinuous practice.Yes
21.Oyinlomo Quadre Wins J3 Pretoria Girls Singles Title [2020]SportsYes
22.United Bank for Africa (UBA) Named The Banker Magazine ‘African Bank Of The Year 2019’Business & EconomyGrowing loyal corporate and retail customers.To ease the burden of upfront payments of school fees on parents and provide funding for schools to run their businesses.Yes
23.Chidozie Ojobor Emerges First Canadian University Student To Win MPOWER Financing Global Citizen ScholarshipEducation & InnovationThe need to address the threat of superbugs.The death of his sister as well as the diligent supervision of his PhD study by Alan Davidson.Yes


4 thoughts on “Factors Driving The Positive Progress And Excellence Of Nigeria And Nigerians Globally In 2020”

    1. Thank you Merciful for reading through this study and your comments.

      Anthony Joshua is actually/officially a British Boxer and not a Nigerian Boxer; the reason why we did not publish his feats. Secondly, by our current editorial standards, we do not publish news on the sports of boxing due to its ‘brutal’ approach (kindly see our Thinking Room page for more on our editorial standards). Still, we are proud of his hardwork, tenacity and quest for excellence.

  1. Great job! However, given the title of the post, I expected you to dwell substantially on the factors driving Nigerians’ success. I don’t seem to find the factors. If you try to interview these Nigerians, perhaps, you will be able to get better insight into the factors that drove them.

    1. Dear Msonter, thank you for your comment.

      On the factors we have documented, we primarily get them directly from the news reported (as much as could be available/contained in the news report). This removes the added pressure of having to interview ‘everyone’ in the news we publish as even the resources required to do this would be very great, which we cannot afford at this time.

      Furthermore, the factors are indeed present in the report even as the title suggests as our investigation which defines these factors entails carefully going through the news published on the PositiveNaija website and observing the inherent reasons/rationale why what was done was done (the motives, intentions, purpose) – either from the winners or organisers as the case may be.

      We hope this helps. Thanks again and best regards.

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