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The 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellows

Innovation in science knows no gender or race, especially when it comes to individuals breaking new grounds & creating a future we can count on. We are excited and proud to announce that the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative has recognized 4 Nigerian women for their innovation and excellence in the field of science, and has awarded them Doctoral Fellowships.

The ceremony, which has been organised by UNESCO and the L’Oreal Foundation selected 12 recipients from the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Fellowships to receive the awards this year.

The Nigerian women are – Rasheedat Mahamood (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) awarded with a Post Doctoral Fellowship of 10,000 Euros; Olubukola Adenubi (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Olotu Ifeoluwa (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Majidah Hamid-Adiamoh (Medial Research Council Unit, The Gambia & University of Lagos) each awarded Doctoral Fellowships of 5000 Euros each.

According to the Managing Director of L’Oreal South Africa, Sandeep Rai – “For the last 17 years, with the For Women In Science program, we have been fighting to advance the cause of women scientists worldwide. Much has been achieved: more than 2,000 women have been recognized worldwide, the program has gained recognition from the international scientific community, a springboard to enable women to go further and rise to greater heights. Science is part of our DNA and we are really proud of all the women who continue to make a difference in Africa through our program…

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science 2015 Fellows with Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng , Senior Programme Specialist for S&T and Coordinator ANSTI UNESCO MSRO for Southern Africa, Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General: Department of Science and Technology (Far right) Sandeep Rai – Managing Director L’Oreal South Africa (5th from right) and some of the 2015 jury members

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science 2015 Fellows with Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng (Senior Programme Specialist for S&T and Coordinator ANSTI UNESCO MSRO for Southern Africa), Dr Phil Mjwara (Director General: Department of Science and Technology (Far right)) Sandeep Rai (Managing Director L’Oreal South Africa (5th from right)) & some of the 2015 jury members

The scientific research areas covered by this year’s Fellow include Life & Engineering Sciences, Food & Water Security and Health. The Sub-Saharan African Fellows for this year aims at highlighting the changing face of scientific research and the new disciplines that are emerging, forging the next generation of Women in Science Fellows.

Other recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO awards are;

The recipients of the Doctoral Fellowship of 10,000 Euros each are;
Zebib Yunus – iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa
Jandeli Niemand – University of Pretoria, South Africa

The recipients of the Doctoral Fellowships of 5 000 Euros each are;
Nomvano Mketo – University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Gaelle Kafira KO – Laboratory for Solar Energy and Energy Savings (LESEE), Burkina Faso
Shobna Sawry – University of Witwatersrand, Institute of Reproductive Health and HIV, South Africa
Jinal Bhiman – University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Danielle Twilley – University of Pretoria, South Africa
Edith Chepkorir – International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa program in partnership with UNESCO’s African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) has reached many women across Africa.

Photo Credit: DewjiBlog.com

6 Comments

  1. Tari

    December 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Big congrats to the ladies.

  2. nene+

    December 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats all!!!

  3. Anon

    December 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    A big congratulations to all the recipients and most especially the ones from Nigeria. I’m sure they put in a lot of hard work just to get this far and have chosen to excel in all that they do. Nevertheless, our country (Nigeria) should be ashamed that none of the recipients obtained the award while attending a Nigerian university. Once again, it goes to show the glaring problems in our education system. May God help our country!

  4. Tunmi

    December 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Congratulations ???? to all the women

  5. Bolu

    December 16, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Awesomeness!!!

  6. madman

    February 5, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Never paid attention to this but its interesting that none of them are based in Nigeria.

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