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Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin is the Director, Forsyth County Library, North Carolina

INTERVIEW: Public library, necessary resource in any society – African-American Library Director

Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin is the Director, Forsyth County Library, North Carolina. She is the first woman and indeed first African-American to head the County Library system which was founded 120 years ago. Ms Sprinkle-Hamlin grew up in a segregated America when black and white people were legally not allowed to live…

Yewande Olubummo

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can stimulate math interest in students – U.S.-based Mathematician

Yewande Olubummo, a professor, is the daughter of the renowned late Professor Adegoke Olubummo, the first Mathematician in Nigeria. As the mango does not fall far from the tree, Yewande Olubummo herself is a professor of mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta, and has been for over two decades. She…

Pascal Mubenga, Ph.D., a teacher and Transformational Education leader

INTERVIEW: How to help disadvantaged students succeed academically – African-American School Superintendent

Prologue Pascal Mubenga, Ph.D., a teacher and Transformational Education leader, was recently appointed Superintendent of Durham Public School District, North Carolina in the United States. In this role, he leads 53 schools ranging from kindergarten to high school with a population of thirty-thousand students, three thousand teachers, and thousands of…

Teju Cole

Narrating Lagos: Beyond the Chronicler’s Paltry View

Everyday Is For the Thief By Teju Cole Random House, New York Illustrated, 162 pp. $23 This is a small book that packs a big punch. “Every day is for the thief, and one day is for the owner” is a Yoruba proverb for the inevitability of right over wrong,…

Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can maximise benefits of Rivers Niger, Benue – U.S.-based Scientist (3)

In the concluding part of this engrossing interview with Bunmi Fatoye-Matory, Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies, says Nigeria can envision alternative approach to stimulate science, technology, job-creation and economic development. You can read the first part of the interview here, and the…

Qancy Salako

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian youth must do to salvage country (II) – Nuclear Scientist

In the second part of this interview with Qansy Salako, a Nuclear Scientist, and an Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry, he speaks on nuclear research, the challenges of Nigeria’s educational system and options available to Nigerian youth. Read the first part of Mr Salako’s interview…

Qancy Salako

How Nigeria lost intellectuals to brain drain — Nuclear Scientist

In this interview with Qansy Salako, a Nuclear Scientist, and an Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs in the US Pharmaceutical Industry, he speaks on how/why Nigeria continues to lose its best hands to brain drain despite its huge resources. He also delves into the largely untapped terrain of nuclear research.…

Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies

INTERVIEW: How Nigerian scientists can compete globally — U.S.-based Nuclear Scientist (2)

Bamidele Omotowa is a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies. In this second part of his interview with Bunmi Fatoye-Matory, he speaks on his American experience and challenges Diaspora Nigerians and scientists face trying to help national development. PT: Tell us about your American journey. Omotowa: I was…

Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria truncated own progress in sciences — Nuclear Scientist (1)

Bamidele Omotowa is a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies. In this interview with Bunmi Fatoye-Matory, he speaks on how not learning to apply science to solve problems has left Nigeria behind its peers. PT: Where were you born? And where did you get your early…

INTERVIEW: Why hypertension among black people is higher in urban areas – U.S.-based Nigerian Scientist Charles Rotimi

Charles Rotimi is a scientist and Director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Institutes of Health, Washington. Dr. Rotimi and co-author Dr. Daniel Shriner just published a study that used whole genome sequence, that is the order of the entire DNA building block of an organism, to…

How I helped improve healthcare in poor American community – Nigerian Paediatrician Afolabi Oguntoyinbo

A few years ago, I visited Oyotunji Village in South Carolina, an intentional community founded by African-Americans in 1970, modelled after Yoruba culture. They speak fluent Yoruba, worship Yoruba gods, and you could easily mistake them for Nigerian Yoruba with their tribal marks and sartorial styles. During a conversation with the…