US government praises African doctor who worked on Covid-19 vaccine

US government praises African doctor who worked on Covid-19 vaccine

- The US government through its embassy in Nigeria has honoured Onyema Ogbuagbu, a physician who contributed to Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine

- The embassy posted a short profile of the doctor on its Twitter page, which it titled 'Recognition of Excellence'

- Many people from the proud continent of Africa took to the comment section to congratulate Onyema on his big breakthrough, which will positively affect the world

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The government of the United States of America has recognised the efforts of Onyema Ogbuagbu, a Nigerian doctor from the Yale School of Medicine who helped to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

It should be noted that Ogbuagbu is also an associate professor of medicine at the same school where he has been a principal investigator working on numerous vaccine trials.

The US Embassy on Monday, November 23 in a tweet said they "doff" their "hats" to the physician.

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Below is the mission's tweet:

The post has gone viral on the "bird app" Twitter, gathering thousands of comments from Africans on the platform.

US govt praised the Nigerian doctor, Onyema, saying they doff their hats.
The US government also said Nigerians make great contributions all around the world. Photo Credit: Tasos Katopodis, @USinNigeria
Source: Getty Images

Briefly.co.za compiled some of the reactions to the post:

@okeyjeez sai:

"That's why US would need to do anything necessary to checkmate our politicians' excess. Including but not limited to visa denial to undemocratic element among them. The world is a global village, injury to one is injury to all."

@AfamDeluxo said:

"Dr Onyema Eberechukwu Ogbuagu is an Igbo man. There is nothing Nigerian about him."

@B_Ebomuche said:

"It's even more surprising people are arguing about his tribe, how is that relevant to the subject matter. He helped with Covid 19 vaccine development and he is Nigerian, that's it. It only shows what Nigerians are capable of if given the right opportunity (good education, etc)."

@StanleyAleakwe said:

"When you leave Naija, your destiny would just be bright."

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@IAyegbusi said:

"Proud of you Prof. Keep making us proud."

In other news about talented Africans, Briefly.co.za reported on Xolani Shezi, a 33-year-old KwaZulu-Natal poet with enough ambition to fuel a small business. Taking some time to speak to Briefly.co.za in an exclusive interview, Xolani got candid about his biggest achievements, setbacks and hopes for the future.

Starting off, Xolani explains how he had grown up with his mom and granny, having never met his dad until he was on his deathbed. This is something which has left Xolani in many ways deeply scarred.

"My upbringing was not glamorous. I was always facing challenges on a daily basis. Raised by my late mother and late grandmother. My grandfather died before I was born and my father too went AWOL before I was born.
"I never met him until he was on his deathbed. I didn't even have the chance to attend his funeral. It is a very painful thing to be a black child and not know your father. It is a very painful thing to be a black child and grow up in poverty."

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