2009-2010 Student Participants
Bako Sabo Kantiok
Bako is currently enrolled in the Communication and Development graduate program at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. This was made possible after he won a Ford Foundation International Fellowship, under the Ford Foundation IFP program.
Previously, in 2004, he earned a BA in Drama at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. While he was an undergraduate student, Bako worked part time with the Renaissance Theater Network, a locally based non-profit organization that uses theater for development to disadvantaged communities.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Bako went on to participate in the National Youth Service Scheme. He served at Niger State Minna from 2005 to 2006, under the Niger State Council for Arts and Culture. He then moved on to work for a rural based non-profit organization in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He worked with Fantsuam Foundation from August 2006 until July 2008, before he moved to the US for further studies.
Kelechi Chidi Anuforo
He fell in love with Computer Science as a subject and was a student of Alliance Francaise during his undergraduate days. He is fluent in English and Igbo language. Kay, as nicknamed, enjoys playing soccer, watching movies and surfing the web during his free time. His father is his role model because of his positive input in his life and the society at large.
Cooking is one of his numerous talents which leaves him with no specific choice of a favorite meal/dish. He hopes to be amongst the best in school as he explores the beautiful culture and places the US has to offer. His career ambition is to become a Computer Scientist. He has never traveled to the U.S. but has visited the United Kingdom.
He describes himself as friendly and outgoing. He hopes to communicate with his host family and friends and teach them a lot about his culture and country.
2008-2009 Student Participants
Her favorite subject in school is Mathematics, and she also participates in the Press club. Na’ima speaks Hausa and English. Her hobbies are reading and solving mathematical problems. Her main role model is the Bauchi State Governor because he is an honest man.
Her favorite foods are salads. While in the U.S., she hopes to visit many beautiful places. Her career ambition is to become a surgical doctor. She has never traveled outside of Nigeria before.
She describes herself as a friendly person. She hopes to teach her host family and friends in the US about Nigerian culture, language and life-style.
Arhyel Waziri Christopher
His favorite subject is mathematics and he also participates in the French club. Arhyel speaks English, French, Hausa, and Kanuri. During his free time, he enjoys teaching and playing football. His main role model is the former president of Nigeria, Olesegun Obasanjo, because he has transformed Nigeria.
His favorite foods are Dalang (his tribe delicacy) and Fried rice; there isn’t any food he doesn’t like. He hopes to do his best in school and visit most of the beautiful places in the US he has heard about. His career ambition is to become a civil engineer or an economist. He has never traveled outside of Nigeria before.
He describes himself as friendly and outgoing. He hopes to teach his host family and friends some Nigerian tribal dances and how to cook some traditional meals.
Rejoice O. Titus
Her favorite subject in school is chemistry and she also participated in the Junior Engineer Technician and Scientist Club. She speaks English and Hausa. During her free time, she enjoys reading. Her main role model is Dr. Chike Obi because he is the first Nigerian to get a PhD in Mathematics.
Her favorite foods are snacks. She hopes to make new friends and visit many places in the US. Her career ambition is to become a surgical doctor. She has never traveled outside of Nigeria before.
She describes herself as a friendly person. She hopes to educate her host family and friends about her culture by showing them pictures and telling stories.
Her favorite subject in school is mathematics and she also participated in the quiz club. Besides English, Nafisat also speaks French and Hausa. During her free time, she enjoys reading and studying. Her main role model is General Muhammad Bukari because he is a good leader and he knows his responsibilities toward the people. She has never traveled outside of Nigeria before.
Her favorite food is fried rice with chicken but she doesn’t care much for yam and beans. In the U.S., she hopes to learn a lot about the American culture and about their school system. Her career ambition is to become a medical doctor.
She describes herself as an intelligent and dedicated student. She hopes to interact with her host family and friends and teach them a lot about her culture and country.