- Nigerians across the world continue to break new grounds and contribute their quota to create better societies
- An accomplished scholar based in Canada is the latest Nigerian to make the country proud
- She has been acknowledged for her work in persuasive technology
Dr. Rita Orji has become the first Nigerian woman to be recognised as the Canada Research Chair in Persuasive Technology.
She is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada for her excellence in academia.
Dr Orji, a faculty in the department of computer science, Dalhousie University, is an internationally recognized expert in persuasive technology and behaviour change systems.
Her innovative and award-winning work on personalising persuasive technology and behaviour change systems contribute significantly to advancing the field.
Her transformative interdisciplinary work at the intersection of technology and human behaviour explores how interactive systems can be designed to assist, empower, and motivate people for actions and causes that are beneficial for them and their communities.
A statement from the Royal Society of Canada noted that she applies her research to tackle real-life problems in various domains including improving a wide range of health and wellness objectives, promoting safety, security, and environmental sustainability.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian entrepreneur, Onyeka Akumah has been appointed as a faculty member of the highly-respected Rome Business School in Italy.
Akumah, a stakeholder in Nigeria's ever-growing financial technology market, made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, February 8.
The entrepreneur joins a long list of accomplished Nigerians whose expertise is being sought by global business schools.
In a related development, a Nigerian public policy analyst, Zainab Usman has joined Carnegie Endowment as a senior fellow and director of its Africa programme.
The appointment of Usman, a Ph.D. holder in International Development from the University of Oxford, was announced on Tuesday, February 2.
Reacting to her appointment, an excited Usman stated that the programme will provide insights on economic, political, technological, and transnational issues shaping Africa’s future.
Similarly, Tobiloba Oni, a Nigerian-born cell biologist whose graduate research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped open new paths for understanding, detecting, and potentially treating pancreatic cancer - has been appointed as a Whitehead Fellow in the US.
A press statement issued by the Whitehead Institute and seen by Legit.ng on Monday, revealed that Oni will join Whitehead Institute and launch his independent research career in February 2021.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.