4 Nigerians Emerge Best Graduating Students At Dillard University [2015]

Four Nigerians, three men and a lady have been named best graduating students at the Dillard University, New Orleans, U.S.A.

20-year-old Merrilyn Akpapuna, from Delta State, at the ceremony held for 226 graduates, at the Dillard University Auditorium.

The Merrilyn Akpapuna bright mind has obtained the highest distinction, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. The topic of her research project was sexual harassment. Moreover, Akpapuna won an award for highest academic achievements for the College of Arts and Sciences and another one for College of General Studies. She plans her postgraduate study at Western Michigan University.
Akpapuna who delivered the farewell speech at the ceremony, shared the stage with Michelle Obama.

The other Nigerians are:

– Victor Ogburie (Abia State) – Computer Science Major with minors in Physics and Mathematics. Academic award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude;

– Stephen Ogidi Igwe (Abia State) – Biology Major. Academic Award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude.

– Emole Anya Dimgba (Abia State) – Computer Science Major with minors in Physics and Mathematics. Academic Award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude.

However, while speaking at the ceremony, US first lady, Michelle Obama, described the graduates of the “historically-black” college as a “sea of young geniuses”, told them they had opportunities and skills that their parents and grandparents never could have imagined.

Al Jazeera Launches My Nigeria Documentary Series

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015, My Nigeria is a series of six half-hour documentaries that pulse with the energy of Africa’s leading economy telling the human story.

For every stereotype of corruption, scamming and extremism, there are many millions of Nigerians just making their country tick. Home to around one-fifth of Africa’s people, Nigeria is packed with talent, creativity, initiative and enterprise at all levels of society.

From stand up-comedian Basketmouth to Nollywood star turned politician Kate Henshaw, from ICT expert Gbenga Sesan to fashion designer Deola Sagoe, from football coach Femi Bamigboye to female mechanic Sandra Aguebor, each film focuses on one central character, who invites us into their world, sharing their story in their own words.

UNILAG Undergraduates Build Dove P1

A team of students in the University of Lagos have built an eco-friendly car named Dove P1. They state that the car does not emit gas and does not utilize fossil fuel.

They built the car under the Project Dove Initiative and have successfully completed their first model, Dove P1, utilizing locally sourced materials and building it at the university of Lagos.

The Dove initiative is a program in Nigerian Universities where students with automotive passion can harness their talents and produce eco-friendly vehicles.

Truppr Launches in Nairobi, Kenya

Nigerian startup Truppr, which provides a platform allowing fitness enthusiasts to connect with events and people around them, has been launched in Nairobi, Kenya; its first expansion outside of Nigeria.

Launched in August 2014 by Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) co-founder Bosum Tijani, Truppr provides a one-stop-shop for finding and booking sports venues, organising events, and finding teammates and fitness partners.


Nigerian Army Provides Free Medical Care To IDPs In Borno [2015]

The Nigerian Army says it has so far provided free medical treatment to about 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Chibok, Borno / Konduga community of Borno State, as part of activities marking this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration.

The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement said the free medical care which would last for three days – August 12 to 14 – is for the internally displaced persons in the area.

The immediate health needs of the displaced persons will be catered for during the exercise.

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