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Breaking News: 13 Nigerian scientists, techies named African Science Fellows


Thirteen Nigerian scientists and technologists have become Fellows of the African Scientific Institute (ASI), reports ITRealms.

ASI President and chief executive officer (CEO), Lee O. Cherry disclosed this to ITRealms, saying that the new fellows are made of scientists and technologists of the African Diaspora and Africa numbering 50 in total in the last one year.

Cherry also listed these 13 Nigerian scientists and technologists to include Oluyomi S Adeyemi, Ph.D. (Nigeria/Japan): Biochemistry, Olutayo Kehinde Boyinbode, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Computer Science, Olubukola O. Babalola, Ph.D. (Nigeria/South Africa): Microbiology, Isaac A Adeyinka, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Animal Science.

Others include Oliver Chukwujekwu Ezechi,M.D., Ph.D. (Nigeria) who doubles as Deputy Director (Research) and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Head, Clinical Sciences Division, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research(NIMR); Oluminde A. Odeyemi, Ph.D. (Nigeria/Malaysia): Agriculture and Aquaculture Biology; and Nkechi Emea Ibisi, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Chemistry.

ASI president also named Osakpanwan Edgar Osaghae, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Computer Science; Oladipo Francisca Onaolapo, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Computer Science; Medina Omo Kadiri, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Plant Biology & Biotechnology; Kingsley Chiwuike Ukaoha, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Computer Science; and Mojisola Oluwayemisi Adeniyi, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Atmospheric Physics.

The new ASI fellows, ITRealms reports were members inducted between April 2015 and March 2016 with the following breakdown.

ITRealms further gathered that the month of April, September and November 2015 recorded Seven inductees as fellows respectively; two in May and December, four in June, August and October, while the month of July recoded three in the past year.

This, ASI fellows had five in January, three in February and two in March 2016.

Cherry equally said the latest ASI fellows from Africa in diaspora include Mourad Telmini, Ph.D. (Tunisia): Atomic and Molecular Physics; * Benevides C. Pessela, Ph.D. (Angola/Spain): Biotechnology; Fred Moore, Ph.D. (USA): Biochemistry and Biotechnology; Wigganson Matandiko, Ph.D. (Zambia): Veterinary Surgeon.

For the month of January 2016 inductees are Kevin Petty, Ph.D., (USA) : Corporate Chief Science Officer; Transportation Systems Evaluations; Meteorology, Godfrey Gumbs, Ph.D. (Guyana/USA): Physics; Innocent Nhapi, Ph.D. (Zimbabwe): Civil and Environmental Engineering; Integrated Water Resources Management; Patricia Mathabe, Ph.D. (South Africa): Agricultural Proteomics.

As at December 2015, there were only two fellows, namely, Mercy Manyuchi, Ph.D. (Zimbabwe): Chemical Engineering. While the month of November recorded seven fellows, namely Hon. VC, William Otoo Ellis, Ph.D. (Ghana): Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); Food Science; Norman Fortenberry, Ph.D. (USA): Executive Director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Former Director, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, USA National Academy of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Arlene P. Maclin, Ph. D. (USA): Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Consortium- Center for Academic Excellence (MAC-CAE); Physics; Collins N. Ateba, Ph.D. (South Africa): Molecular Biology, Sabin Nsanzimana, M.D. (Rwanda): Clinical Medicine; Epidemiology, Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman, Ph.D. (Sudan): University Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In addition, Hon. Muhammadou M.O.Kah, Ph.D. (Gambia): Former University Rector ICT Former University Vice Chancellor; Information Technology & Communications; Martha Mamo, Ph.D. (Ethiopia/USA): Soil Science; Agronomy; Roscoe Moore, Jr., Ph.D. (USA): Former Assistant United States Surgeon General and Rear Admiral in the USPHS; Epidemiology; Quinton L. Williams, Ph.D. (USA): University Dept. of Physics Chair, Farith A. Diaz Arriaga, (Columbia); Civil and Environmental Engineering; Delroy Green (Jamaica/USA): Electrical Engineering; Richard Brent, Ph.D. (USA): Hydro Power Systems; Kimani Stancil, Ph.D. (USA): Physics; Jean Paul Kamdem, Ph.D. (Cameroon/Brazil): Biochemistry; Rohan J. Banton, Ph.D. (USA): Mechanical Engineering;
Eligius Lyamuya, MD, MMed, PhD, FTAAS, FCPath (ECSA) (Tanzania).

The Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic, Research & Consultancy; Microbiology and Immunology; Francisca Mutapi, Ph.D. (Zimbabwe/England): Immunology & Infection Research;  Kwaku Danso, Ph.D. (Ghana/USA): Electronic Engineering; Business Development and Management were not left out.


Others include Robert Mitchell (USA): IT Management; Cyber Security; James Cates (USA): CEO and Founder, LOBI Group, LLC; Computer Science, Kumi Rauf (USA): President of  "I Love Being Black", the largest Black followers on Facebook; Computer Science; Robert T. Tshikhudo, Ph.D. (South Africa): Director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC); Nanotechnology; Assan Jaye, DVM, Ph.D. (Gambia): Viral Diseases; Immunology; Al Davis (USA): Construction Project Development; Abd Elmoneim Osman Elkhalifa, Ph.D. (Sudan): Nutritional Food Chemistry; Stephen Elias Damson Nsimba, Ph.D. (Tanzania): Clinical Pharmacologist; Pharmaco-Epidemiologist; Mona Mohamed Nasr, Ph.D. (Egypt): Computer Science and Morris Kasigwa Agaba, Ph.D. (Tanzania): Molecular Genetics.

+Remmy Nweke
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