2009-2010 Student Participants

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Rosie

Rosie is 16 years old. She is Youth Exchange and Study student from Benue State, Nigeria. She is currently studying in Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, IA. Her favorite subject in school is biology. Her future ambition is to become a doctor.
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Muhsin

Muhsin is 16 years old. He is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Bauchi State, Nigeria. He is a high school junior at Southeast Webster High School, in Harcourt, IA. During his free time, he likes to play soccer and badminton.
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TJ

TJ is 17 years old. He is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Sokoto State, Nigeria. He is a junior at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. During his free time, he enjoys reading and learning how to design website.
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Amanda

Amanda is 15 years old. She is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Taraba State, Nigeria. She is currently completing her junior year at Washington High School, in Cedar Rapids, IA. During her free time, she loves playing basketball and reading.
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Efosa

Efosa is 16 years old. He is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Kaduna State, Nigeria. He is currently a high school Junior at Clarksville High School, in Clarksville, IA. During his free time, he enjoys reading, playing soccer and participating in youth groups.
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Daniel

Daniel is 17 years old. He is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Gombe State, Nigeria. He is completing his junior year at Grundy Center High school in Grundy Center, IA. In his school he is involved in choir and the school band.
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Yusuf

Yusuf is 17 years old. He is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Kebbi State, Nigeria. He is currently completing his junior year at South East Polk high school in Altoona, IA. During his free time, Yusuf likes to read, spend time with friends and learn new things.
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Jemimah

Jemimah is 15 years old. She is a Youth Exchange and Study student from Plateau State, Nigeria. She is currently completing her junior year at Jefferson High school in Cedar Rapids, IA. During her free time, Jemimah likes to play volleyball and read.
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Bako Sabo Kantiok

Bako Sabo Kantiok was born in Lagos state, Nigeria in 1979. He did his early education in command children’s school signal barracks, Lagos. In 1991, he then moved on to do his secondary school in command secondary school Kaduna. He graduated in 1996.

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.

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Kelechi Chidi Anuforo

Kelechi Chidi Anuforo is 28 years old. He was born on the 19th of May. He is a double major graduate student of Mathematics/Computer Science from Imo State, Nigeria. His School was the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State in the central part of the country.

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

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Na'ima Mohammed

Na’ima Mohammed is 15 years old. Her birthday is May 29th, 1993. She is a high school junior from Bauchi State, Nigeria. Her school in Nigeria was Fariah Comprehensive Secondary school; it is a private school. She has 3 brothers and sisters.
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.

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Arhyel Waziri Christopher

Arhyel Waziri Christopher is 15 years old. His birthday is November 11th, 1992. He is a high school junior from Borno State, Nigeria. His school was the Baptist High School of Jos; it is a mixed boy and girl boarding school. Arhyel is a Christian. He has four siblings.

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.

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Rejoice O. Titus

Rejoice O. Titus is 15 years old. Her birthday is October 24th, 1992. She is a high school junior from Taraba State, Nigeria. Her school was the William Murckle Bristow Secondary School of Gboko; it is a mixed boy and girl boarding school. Rejoice is a Christian girl. She has one older brother.

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.

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Nafisat Ibrahim

Nafisat Ibrahim is 16 years old. Her birthday is October 5th, 1991. She is a high school junior from Kaduna State, Nigeria. Her school in Nigeria was the Adeyeno College of Arts and Science of Kaduna. It is private school. Nafisat is a Muslim girl. She has 6 brothers and sisters.

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.