Halala: African man wins global scholarship for combating bacteria

Halala: African man wins global scholarship for combating bacteria

- Many Nigerians in the diaspora are changing the narrative of the country for good by representing Nigeria positively wherever they find themselves

- Chidozie Ojobor is making the country proud with his academic pursuit at the University of Toronto, which has now won him a scholarship

- The Nigerian national, who is studying for his PhD, won the scholarship alongside three others

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A Nigerian studying for his PhD at the University of Toronto has won a $5 000 (R78 000) scholarship from a Washington DC-based company that offers loans to international students.

Chidozie Ojobor is the first Canadian university student to win the scholarship. Ojobor and three others were selected as winners out of 1 121 eligible applicants.

According to the University of Toronto, Ojobor’s submission identified the need to address the threat of superbugs.

Briefly.co.za understands that superbugs are a strain of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic drugs.

U of T PhD student wins global scholarship for combating antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Chidozie Ojobor. Photo credit: University of Toronto
Source: UGC

Chidozie lost his sister Ginika to typhoid fever in 1999 - a sad event which propelled the PhD student to study microbiology at the University of Nigeria.

He said:

“Her death caused me to want to understand what typhoid meant, the organism that caused the disease, how it was disseminated and so on."

Ojobor said:

“Thinking that my sister may have been infected by a resistant strain that wouldn't bow to antibiotics that were administered to her got me more interested in phage therapy."

He said he feels great and encouraged that he is contributing to his field to prevent what happen to his sister from happening to many young and promising people from around the world.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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