- A young man from Nigeria has made the nation proud as he nailed a €20 million (R342 million) research fund and scholarship in Ireland
- The mathematics guru said the victory did not come cheap as he has had to deal with numerous rejections
- Many people congratulated him on social media as they said he is the epitome of how brilliant Africans are
A young graduate, Maniru Ibrahim, from Nigeria has shown that the country has many great minds.
A first-class graduate of mathematics who finished from Usman Danfodiyo University, Ibrahim was awarded a scholarship award worth millions for his PhD programme, Daily Star Nigeria reports.
The €20 million (R342 million) research scholarship is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in the Foundation of Data Science.
He will be receiving an annual allowance of €18,500 (R315 000) for the duration of his four-year programme. The scholarship funds also include travel and accommodation allowances for conferences related to his studies.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Nigeria, the man said that he received his primary, secondary and university education all in Sokoto and was posted to Zamfara to serve.
He revealed that he was a while ago shortlisted for a master’s programme for theoretical physics in Italy, where only a handful of Africans had been picked.
Ibrahim said that when the rejections became multiple, he felt dampened. He stated the PhD programme he was given is the first of its kind and he is the only African to ever receive it.
When news of his victory got to Twitter, below were the things people had to say:
"Congratulations Maniru Ibrahim."
"Congratulations to the young man. Wish him the very best."
"Inspiring mehn! He’s someone I know like personally. He even taught and a friend maths."
"Indeed, a very good and hard working student."
"A good Nigerian there proving our value to the world. Wishing him the best."
Meanwhile, Briefly News earlier reported that a 17-year-old Nigerian teenager, Victory Yinka-Banjo, who got nine A's in WAEC in 2020 is in the news again for even greater things.
Victory was offered full scholarships by Ivy League schools; Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard, and Brown College in both the US and Canada to the tune of more than $5 million.
The teenager said the whole development came as very surprising to her, adding that she never thought any school would even offer her admission.
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