A man named Freeman Osonuga may soon become the first Nigerian to visit space!
Osonuga himself told BN why this big dream may soon become a reality:
“My name is Freeman Osonuga, I am an African, I am a Nigerian, I am a humanitarian. I was recently selected as one of 30 people to participate in the Rising Star Programme, a collaboration between Kruger Cowne, One Young World and Spaceship Earth Grants which will send one person to space in 2016. I am happy to inform you that I have been shortlisted as one of 3 finalists. More than just being the journey of a lifetime, this spaceflight will help bring commercial space travel closer to being a reality. It is quite important.
For the next stage of the competition, I will travel to Bangkok, Thailand with the two other finalists to address 1,300 delegates and a panel of renowned judges at a special session of the 2015 One Young World Summit which will hold from November 18-21 next month. This session will be live-streamed to a global audience. I am a little nervous I must confess, but I’m quite confident that I’ll make Africa, Nigeria and you proud.
To show your support and help make history, please tweet #SendFreemanToSpace whenever you can.”
Photo Credit: Freeman Osonuga/Rick Nwanso