- Two Nigerians based in the US, Oyekunle Olukotun and Oluwole Soboyejo, have made their country proud
- Oyekunle and Soboyejo recently got elected into the National Academy of Engineering
- Both Nigerian-Americans will be formally inducted alongside others during the NAE's annual meeting on October 3, 2021
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Two Nigerian-Americans, Oyekunle Olukotun and Oluwole Soboyejo, were recently elected into the United State's National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Both Soboyejo and Olukotun were among the 104 new members and 24 international members elected to the NAE in March 2021.
Olukotun is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
He earned his place at the academy following his contributions to on-chip multiprocessor architectures and advancement to commercial realization.
Oluwole is a senior vice president and provost, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northborough, Mass. The honour was bestowed on him based on his contributions to understanding dynamic behavior of materials and for leadership in STEM outreach in Africa.
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Meanwhile, Olajumoke Awosika, chief executive officer of Fresh Fields Organic Farms in Ibaayin village, Ibadan, Oyo state spoke of her regret coming back to Nigeria.
The 57-year-old United States returnee claimed herdsmen attacks forced her to abandon her N20m farm.
In fact, she claimed that when the killings got out of hand, she had to think of her own safety and that of the workers.
"The plantains were supposed to have been harvested in February; they were worth about N1.5m. It is supposed to be continuous harvest."
Going further, she called on the federal government to allow citizens to bear arms. According to her, if she was licenced, she would go back to the farm and dare any herdsman.
In series of tweets on his Twitter handle @MisterNigerD, he said the key to scaling through the visa application hurdle is not giving the consular at the embassy any reason to believe that you will be staying back in the US after your studies.
He stated that another huge pitfall to avoid is to say that one would be getting a job when he or she school was on holiday in the state. This, according to him, would get the person's visa application denied.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.