Nigerian born remarkable teenager Ifeoma got accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities

Nigerian born remarkable teenager Ifeoma got accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities




A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight of them.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.
“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe, a senior and student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, has to choose between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.
She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. Since all of the Ivy League schools “have great research facilities,” she decided to apply to them all.
Students getting into all of the Ivies is a monumental feat, but it’s happened to a handful of teens over the past couple of years — Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna last year.
So where will she go?
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Her parents said the choice is totally up to her; White-Thorpe said she just doesn’t know yet.
She can add another elite school to the mix as well — she also got into Stanford.
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Ethiopian Film Director Creates ‘Tibeb Girls’ To Educate, Support Youth. Watch Video

Ethiopian Film Director Creates ‘Tibeb Girls’ To Educate, Support Youth. Watch Video




Renowned Ethiopian female film director Bruktawit Tigabu has produced a 2D animation series, entitled “Tibeb Girls,” to educate adolescent girls on the various body changes that happen at their age as well as how to live a healthful life.

The series is about three African adolescent super heroines trying to understand the changes happening to their bodies and the numerous struggles that girls of their age go through, including forced marriage.

The three girls, FIKIR, TIGIST, and FITEH, use their superpowers to deal with injustices and harmful practices toward girls in Africa.

On Facebook, Tigabu adds:

The Tibeb program will help provide a social behavioral change communication package & healthcare services for adolescents, helping them to learn about the changes that happen at their age and explore their world in a healthy way.

“Tibeb Girls” also features a cast of local women whose strong character and excellent performance set the right precedent for young African girls looking to venture in to the media industry.

Tigabu says the content of the program is based on research in to the numerous obstacles that African girls face when growing up and is often validated by local youth groups to ensure it fully addresses the concerns of its target audience.

In order to ensure the program reaches the widest array of audiences, especially those in remote and rural areas, Tigabu and her crew are pursuing ways to adapt the story to radio and comic books.

They also plan to form Tibeb school clubs and provide them with engaging and interactive guides that help young people understand the various reproductive health issues that adolescents face.

Tigabu’s team, Whiz Kids Workshop, hopes to bring a production of international quality to the African context and inspire African animation as well as the media market to grow.

Solving Deep-Rooted Problems

With the comic 2D TV series, Tigabu and her team hope to inform Ethiopians and the wider African society about the dangers of harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and the forced marriages of young girls.

“We need an agent of change to create a cultural shift in the way Ethiopia – and Africa as a whole – views its girls,” Tigabu told Startup Compete in a recent interview.

Tigabu also challenges her fellow African film producers and broadcasters to create content that is culturally relevant and relatable to African society instead of waiting for Western creators to dictate what goes in to the market.

BY FREDRICK NGUGI
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Cameroonian Model Shuts Down Internet Troll Who Suggests She Lighten Skin.

Cameroonian Model Shuts Down Internet Troll Who Suggests She Lighten Skin.




Mimi Mbah, an aspiring Cameroonian model has become an Internet sensation for coming up with the perfect reply to an Internet troll who had an offensive opinion about her skin color.

Pictures of 19-year-old Mbah, an ebony model, were recently shared on Twitter account @AFRICANS, which is dedicated to celebrating the beauty and diversity of the African continent.
In Mbah’s photos, viewers can see her looking gorgeous while rocking an Afro and posing in various places, including the beach and on a balcony overlooking the sea, while on vacation in Cameroon.

As expected, the photos generated an array of responses and comments online, with many admiring her beauty and others being deliberately offensive.

One troll wrote,”If she was lighter, she’d be fire.”

Mbah, a law student at the Montgomery College Maryland in the United States promptly slammed the troll with the following response:

Mbah’s clever clap back quickly went viral and has been retweeted more than 50,000 times, with many Twitter users hailing her measured and intelligent response to what was clearly unrestrained and aggressive racism.
In an interview with Metro UK, Mbah said she chose to reply to the troll to show how much racism still exists, especially on the Internet,“When I first saw the tweet, I was disappointed. I have heard it before when I was younger, but I didn’t think people still think that way at this age.

“I’ve not always been confident with myself, but the older I grew, the more I learned to love myself and stand up for myself.

“I’m glad my tweet got the attention it did because now I have a lot of dark skin girls in my DMs and mentions telling me how much inspiration that comment was to them.

“It’s just nice to know that my confidence could help others. I want to tell all my dark skin women to stay positive and love themselves.

“Dark skin is not a crime and they are beautiful the way they are.”

by Mark Babatunde
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Meet 15 of Africa’s Most Brilliant Young Scientists.

Meet 15 of Africa’s Most Brilliant Young Scientists.




The first global gathering of African scientists, the “Next Einstein Forum”, is taking place in Dakar, Senegal. With over 1,000 people from more than 100 countries in attendance, it is shaping up to be the most significant global discussion yet in harnessing Africa’s scientific talent.

Among the delegates is a small group of 15 young African “fellows” who were selected for the impact of their work and to showcase some of the incredible research that Africa’s scientists and technologists are doing.

Their biographies, to the lay-man, look like something akin to the work of a superhero. Their resumes include; research on the ability to predict biological outbreaks that are bound to happen, the use of green chemistry to solve fresh water issues, the creation of bioreactors that could save a city’s water supply, the causes of disease and immunity and predicting global behaviour through IT systems.

Others are Challenging Einstein’s theories on quantum properties, developing better therapeutic and diagnostic tools to fight Tuberculosis and other HIV-related opportunistic infections and intelligent applications that can bridge humans and large amounts of data.

But just who are they? Meet these incredibly talented scientists:

Noble Banadda, Uganda, Makerere University, Bio-processing engineering

Noble’s area of research is bioprocessing engineering, specifically mathematic modelling of biological systems and interactions.

The ability to predict what is bound to happen based on current biological observations before it happens is very important for prevention and control especially in countries that lack the resources to contain outbreaks. Noble led a team that has pioneered the first ever farmer-based low cost multiple purpose vehicle in Uganda and in 2015 he was honoured as a young scientist at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China.

In waste management research, Noble is ranked 35th globally and 2nd in Africa according to Google Scholar rankings

Ghada Bassioni, Egypt, Ain Shams University

In terms of research, Ghada has been interested in a variety of sub topics within chemistry and chemistry related subjects. In her undergraduate, she dabbled in inorganic chemistry, then went into organometallic chemistry during her masters only to end up in physical chemistry and interfacial science phenomena in her postdoctoral studies in the field of construction materials and petroleum chemistry. Ghada plans to spearhead initiatives around chemical safety and the use of green chemistry. She hopes to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve societal challenges like fresh water supply.

Sherien Elagroudy, Egypt, Environmental Engineering, Ain Shams University

Shrien is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Ain Shams University in Egypt and the founding director of the first Solid Waste Management Center of Excellence in the country. For her PhD studies at Ryerson University, Sherien modelled the settlement of bioreactor landfills and then built a field-scale prototype of that novel landfill in Cairo. Her new bioreactor stopped methane emissions and the leaching of wastewater into Cairo’s water supply. Sherien is currently engaged in several research grants of more than $3.5 million in the fields of solid waste management, biochemical waste treatment technologies and waste to energy.

Mouhamed Moustapha Fall, Senegal, Mathematics, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

In terms of research, Moustapha started in applied mathematics namely fluid mechanics and solid mechanics. Eventually he moved into pure mathematics namely geometric analysis which links partial differential equations and differential geometry. Moustapha believes mathematics can help you understand your surroundings therefore allowing problem solving of important challenges with less funding; a tool developing countries should leverage. Moustapha hopes to understand the interplay between non local geometry and relativistic quantum mechanisms (RQM).

Joseph Ben Geloun, Senegal, Mathematical Physics/Quantum Properties, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Albert Einstein Institute

Joseph’s area of research is mathematical physics in particular quantum properties of matter. Today, there is a large consensus among physicists, that at very small distances, much smaller than the parts of an atom, the geometry of our spacetime are no longer in the form observed around us. Thus, this predicts that Albert Einstein’s laws fail at this very tiny scale. Building models consistent with this quantum understanding using mathematical scenarios is the focus of Joseph’s research. For his “pioneering work on Renormalisation on Tensor Field Theory and the discovery of their generic asymptotic freedom”, he was awarded a Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics 2015-2017 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (Switzerland).

Evelyn Gitau, Kenya, Cellular Immunology, African Academy of Sciences

Evelyn’s studies focused on cellular immunology, investigating the changes in protein levels as markers of severe disease where she employed proteomic tools to identify protein differences in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid of children with cerebral malaria compared to children presenting with other encephalopathies (a disease in which the functioning of the brain is affected by some agent or condition). It is estimated that around 40-50% of infectious diseases remain undiagnosed in sub-Saharan hospitals mainly due to limitations of classical techniques such as microbiological culture of pathogens from patient samples, as well as the high cost of more sensitive molecular based techniques. This has a devastating impact on childhood survival, but also is a contributory factor to the over prescription of antibiotics with severe long-term consequences for the health of the population as a whole. Knowing the exact cause of disease may potentially improve decisions on therapy, reduce mortality and sequelae and lead to specific protective therapies. To do this, Evelyn believes that Africa needs to embrace new technologies to improve on how common diseases are diagnosed. With this in mind, Evelyn has played a key role in helping establish the technical platform necessary to undertake internationally competitive research on disease pathogenesis and immunity, in Kilifi Kenya.

Assane Gueye, Senegal, Cyber Security, University of Maryland

Assane’s current research focuses on investigating a science-based approach to the security and the performance of large-scale information and communications systems. His aim is to establish theories, develop models, and propose algorithms that can be used to design and operate information and communication systems for which (a) global behaviour can be predicted, (b) the risks of catastrophic events can be managed and mitigated, and (c) the effectiveness of control actions can be measured. Assane also dreams of implementing the Enabling African Universities (EAU) project. The goal of EAU is to “develop a collaborative platform that enables knowledge exchange and technology transfer between African researchers and researchers across the world.”

Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis Research, University of Cape Town & Harvard School of Public Health

Jackson’s research is focused on the development of better therapeutic and diagnostic tools to fight Tuberculosis and other HIV-related opportunistic infections. He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at international conferences. In 2014, Jackson was part of the first-ever Commonwealth Science Conference that was aimed at using science to tackle problems in Commonwealth countries. He was honoured as a Young Scientist at the 2015 World Economic Forum New Champions Meeting in China. He was also invited to the 2015 Commonwealth Day reception in London where he met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Wilfred Ndifon, Cameroon, Biological Dynamics, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

The central focus of Wilfred’s research is the immune system – an extremely complex system of cells, tissues, and organs that protects us against diseases. Based on its job description, the immune system is mostly beneficial, but it sometimes malfunctions and becomes detrimental. Understanding the mechanisms that govern the functioning of the immune system is key to enhancing its ability to protect us against diseases (e.g. by designing vaccines), and bringing it back in line when it malfunctions. His research seeks to advance this understanding by applying mathematical thinking to the design of experiments that probe specific aspects of the immune system, and also to the interpretation of data. Applications being pursued include the design of an improved vaccine for malaria, and the development of technologies for predicting immunological predisposition to specific diseases so that they can be prevented before symptoms appear.

Axel Ngonga, Cameroon, Semnatic Web Technologies/Big Data, AKSW, University of Leipzig

Axel’s main area of research is semantic web technologies, which aim to facilitate the development of intelligent data driven approaches to support humans as they perform complex tasks as diverse as learning new subjects, analysing large volumes of data or even surgery. His vision is to develop intelligent applications that will bridge humans and large amounts of data. The resulting techniques support the development of intuitive information systems for bio medicine, agriculture and education that can provide contextually relevant information at low cost, thus fostering an equal opportunity data landscape for Africa.

Hallowed Olaoluwa, Nigeria, Mathematical Physics, Harvard University & University of Lagos

Hallowed is the youngest person to be awarded a PhD in Mathematics in Africa. His research focuses on Functional Analysis, with a focus on Fixed Point Theory which has its applications in optimisation of allocations of resources such as network, power, workforce and Government Budget. Comprehensive optimisation schemes have tremendous impact on transportation network (traffic control, construction of routes to decongest heavy traffic), services offered by hospitals, industrial productivity and national budgets taking into account various economic, financial and social constraints.

By Musah Idriss
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Meet Caroline, the 24 year old CEO of Potters International College. Read Full Story

Meet Caroline, the 24 year old CEO of Potters International College. Read Full Story




At age 19, shy, passionate and friendly Caroline Esinam Adzogble knew what the future held for her was to become an expert in education and technology.

In our part of the world, certain grounds are seen as unbreakable for a woman but for the now 24-year-old CEO of Potters International College, it is time to prove the world wrong and changing things around her.

Due to this, while awaiting her secondary school examination certificate; she enrolled at IPMC to study database technology, hardware and networking programme.

How the Journey Started
“I always knew I wanted to own a school where knowledge could be imparted into people. I started school business since I was 19.

“While pursuing those courses my love grew for the IT industry so I got home one day from school and told my dad I was going to start an IT school and call it AITC (Ashley Hills IT Center) at Tema,” she said.

Her father had a few computers at home and an abandoned office space. She asked him to give them to her which he gladly did. After using it and running AITC for some time, she wanted more hence her decision to incorporate other programmes.

“In 2014 I wanted to include other programmes so I decided to change AITC into a full time college and added other programmes so then came the name Potters International College.”

How was growing up for Caroline
The young CEO describes herself growing up as a very inquisitive person, who wanted to know everything and have answers to everything so on anyday, anytime, would prefer books to toys or sweets.

She never had the typical senior high school experience because her dad always wanted her close to home. She completed senior high school at Ideal College and continued with her college studies with Edinburgh Business School which happens to be an online college so she had the flexibility to work and school at the same time.

Why the desire to open a school
“I believe knowledge is power and is very important in our day to day lives. Education is a right to people and not a privilege and that everyone, one way or the other has to educate him/herself. I also believed technology is the answer to everything. It runs our world.”

Difficulties
Age has been one of her hindering blocks because people tend to see her as crazy. It’s normally rare to have a girl at her age wanting to do things like that.

“A few don’t take me seriously because of my age. I also sometimes get surrounded by opportunists because they think at my age I don’t have a fair ground as to how I manage my finances and resources.”

Just like any other female, Caroline has been through bad breakups, backstabbing from friends and all the normal things girls go through but she draws strength from the fact that she is living her dreams and trying to make a change in the Education and Technology industry.

Caroline loves writing, reading and singing. She used to be the worship leader and solo singer at her church. On a typical day she will be found spending time with her family.

For the youngsters coming Caroline said; “I want them to know that there is beauty in independence. And independence doesn’t come cheap. They need to work very hard for it. They shouldn’t place their happiness into anyone’s hand.”

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By Musah Idriss

Mauritian Prime Minister to Hand over Power to His Son. Read Full Story

Mauritian Prime Minister to Hand over Power to His Son. Read Full Story




Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has announced his intentions to hand over power to his son Pravind Jugnauth, who is currently serving as the country’s Minister of Finance.

In a public address aired on the state television on Saturday, the 86-year-old Prime Minister revealed his plan to step down on 23 January saying that the country needs a younger and more dynamic leader, according to the Reuters.

“The time has come for the country to have a young leadership that represents the future. I ask the population to support Pravind Jugnauth as it did for me,”.

The Prime Minister however insisted that he will continue serving in government in another unspecified capacity.

Banana Republic

Mauritian opposition leaders led by former Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam have criticized the move saying the royal family wants to turn the island nation into a banana republic.

However, there is nothing the opposition can do to stop Mr. Jugnauth from appointing his son since the ruling coalition, Lepep, enjoys a majority in parliament.

A seasoned politician, Mr. Jugnauth was appointed Prime Minister in December 2014 after Lepep, a coalition of three main political parties, won a majority of the seats in parliament.

Even though one of the three coalition parties has since quit the alliance following a parliamentary row in December last year, the remaining two parties still have a lot of influence in the house.

The younger Jugnauth, 55, is the head of the Militant Socialist Movement, one of the parties that form the ruling coalition.

Political System in Mauritius

Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, practices a parliamentary system of government, whereby power is shared among three branches of government, namely; the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary.

Being a British colony, Mauritius still operates on the Westminster System of government with the unicameral house of parliament being the official National Assembly.

The National Assembly is supreme and is responsible for electing the President and the Prime Minister.

While the President of Mauritius must be voted by a single majority vote in parliament, the constitution allows the Member of Parliament who holds a majority of seats in the house to be the automatic Prime Minister.

The President is the Head of State while the Prime Minister is the Head of Government with full executive powers. The premier is usually assisted by a council of ministers.

BY FREDRICK NGUGI
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Former Somali Refugee Becomes Minister of Immigration in Canada. Read His Story

Former Somali Refugee Becomes Minister of Immigration in Canada. Read His Story




A former Somali refugee is now the new Minister of Immigration in Canada following his appointment in the latest cabinet reshuffle by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Ahmed Hussen, who arrived in Canada in 1993 as a teenage refugee, will now be in charge of the important and often controversial portfolio, determining who is allowed to enter Canada.

The appointment of 40-year-old Hussen to the Canadian cabinet comes at a time when Somali migrants around the world are facing serious rebuff, with some countries like the U.S. accusing them of furthering terrorist ideologies.

Those who know him say he is unquestionably qualified to run the ministry since he will be able to draw from his personal experience as a child refugee fleeing war in Somalia.

“I am a Canadian. Somali is my heritage and I’m proud of my heritage but I have a lot to contribute to Canada. And I’m a mainstream guy. I’m not limited by my community,” Hussen was quoted by the Africa Review.

Robust Human Rights Advocate

Hussen’s colleagues tag him as someone who is not afraid to talk openly about the problems that the Somali community faces in Canada.

Mahamad Accord, his longtime friend, told Africa Review that Hussen is gifted with the ability to address a complex problem diplomatically without putting his community at the risk of being stigmatized.

His diplomatic flair enabled him to fight for the interests of his community in Regent Park, a multi-ethnic public housing complex in downtown Toronto, where he lived with one of his brothers.

Hussen, a social activist and lawyer, was able to convince the Canadian government to upgrade the crime-ridden neighborhood without jeopardizing the accommodation of refugee tenants.

“He was someone who spoke with a calmness and an informed knowledge and a maturity that defied his circumstances, both as someone who was young and someone who had taken this awesomely courageous step of leaving Africa for Canada,” former representative of Ontario, George Smitherman, said.

Speaking in the House of Commons last April, Hussen passionately spoke about the current problem of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea saying that asylum seekers are not criminals.

“They are human beings in need of protection and assistance and deserving of our respect,” Hussen said.

Tough Job Ahead

With his new role, Mr. Hussen is faced with numerous challenges, including the hundreds of refugees from Somalia and other African countries moving to Canada.

His predecessor John McCallum recently introduced a contentious law that calls for the use of a lottery system to randomly choose 10,000 migrants seeking to enter Canada. Critics of this law say family reunification shouldn’t depend on luck of the draw.

Hussen will also have to deal with the recent decision by a section of liberals to reduce Canada’s intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Prior to his appointment, Hussen was serving as an Member of Parliament in the House of Commons representing York South-Weston.

BY FREDRICK NGUGI

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh Flees Gambia And Goes On Exile.

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh Flees Gambia And Goes On Exile.




Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh on Saturday flew into exile in Equatorial Guinea after stepping down under pressure from West African nations to accept that he lost a December election to President Adama Barrow, mediators said. His exit ends rising tension as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria who entered the tiny country on Thursday were poised to swoop on the capital Banjul. It also paves the way for the return home of Barrow, who was sworn in as leader at the Gambian embassy in Senegal on Thursday. Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994, and his government is accused of torturing and killing perceived opponents. There were few celebrations in Banjul as news of his departure spread, but some people said they felt relief after years of fear. "The rule of fear has been banished from Gambia for good," Barrow told a crowd at a Dakar hotel on Friday, once it became clear a deal had been struck for Jammeh to relinquish power.

A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa. Read Full Story

A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa. Read Full Story




After enduring many years of servitude and domination by their colonizers, Africans decided to take up arms and reclaim their freedom and possessions. The battle was tough and many people paid the ultimate price, but it was eventually won.

Throughout the colonial era, Africans longed for a return to their original ways of life, free of subjugation and abuse. So when freedom finally came, there was a sense of optimism as Africans hoped to shape their own path to the future.

But decades after independence, questions still abound as to whether Africans were indeed decolonized, since a sincere look at modern African society reveals the existence of numerous colonial legacies that continue to dictate life across the continent.

While it would be naïve to imagine that Africans could have gone back to many of their original traditions after independence, it’s sickening to see many of them behaving like they are still under colonial rule. The fact that many Africans continue to choose Western cultures and doctrines over their own means they still view themselves as inferior and inadequate.

Here are just some examples of the enduring post-colonial mentality in Africa.

During the colonial era, Africans were made to perceive their skin tone as inferior, and in the process, many ended up hating themselves while others suffered from a serious race-based identity crisis.

Sadly, many Blacks still suffer from an inferiority complex, and this is illustrated by the rising cases of skin bleaching and plastic surgeries in many African countries.

In Ghana, dangerous skin bleaching products — most of which are known to cause cancer and other serious physical deformities — have flooded the market due to the desire to look White.

This phenomenon has forced Ghanaian authorities to ban the importation of skin-lightening products in the country.

Although East Africans do not dress in cow hides and banana leaves anymore, it’s unfortunate that many are no longer proud of their African attire, which was once a gateway to our true identity. Instead, many Africans now prefer the latest fancy fashion trends from abroad.

It has gotten to a point where Africans are now buying the so-called “African attires” imported from overseas over the locally made ones, which are high-quality and authentic.

This mindset has also led African women to spend humongous sums of money on fake human hair extensions from China and India.

Although it’s every woman’s prerogative to wear the kind of hair she likes, some women wear these extensions to feel complete and look like their White counterparts, which is definitely a demonstration of an inferiority complex.

The colonial mentality has forced many Africans to ditch their indigenous foods, which have been scientifically proven to be healthier, and go for foreign foods simply because they make them look posh.

Some African parents have also resorted to giving their children foreign names just because they are considered to be cool. There’s also a certain perception of opulence that is given to native Africans with foreign names.

While Africans have to interact with the rest of the world in this era of globalization, it is foolish for anyone to consider themselves inferior because of their skin color or shape of their nose. It is also stupid for any African to drop their culture and indigenous identity simply because the West says it’s not ideal.