2015 Student Participants
ADAMU M. DANKORE
Adamu graduated from Wartburg College in Iowa, United States on May 27th, 2012 with a Chemistry degree and a Leadership Certificate minor.
Adamu’s work experience include Biorenewables (converting corn to fuel for automobiles) & Biotechnology (using micro-organisms such as algae to make enzymes and oils).
Adamu was actively engaged in secondary school. He was President Math Club, Secretary Geography Club, Project Co-coordinator Health Watch Club, Newscaster Press Club, Time Keeper and Head Boy (Student Body President). He has been recognized for his participation in various school competitions including NNPC, STAN/MOBILE, NMC/PTDF, NMC/ERC, Nigerian Junior Science Olympiad, & NTA Schools Debate. He was also awarded the most Well Behaved Student Award of his set.
Apart from his area of study, Adamu like making/editing videos, small governments/local control enthusiast & a Pro Evolution Soccer (coach mode/simulation) addict. He has three siblings; a girl and two boys.
States of Origin – Jigawa/Yobe,
My parents, like any proud Nigerian parents of a smart kid (oh I’m now psyched), had wanted me to study medicine. I decided against it gradually but firmly as I arrived here, discovered other opportunities, and received all those lectures about career choices, interests, and ‘what you really want to study’. I’m not quite sure what I want to do with the majors that I am studying. I just want to make money and maybe, donate to nonprofit organizations. no, for some reasons, I’m not interested in creating a nonprofit organization. I’m very interested in science research, and looking forward to a Nobel prize someday. For now, I have to concentrate on getting some kind of cum laude, or maybe getting out of college, to where ever real life begins.
I miss playing soccer barefooted under the rain with my kid brother and other cool neighbors back home (and I miss calling it football instead of soccer). I miss rice and palm oil, reminds me of lya basira (by Styl plus), and bitter leaf soup. I miss jumping and dancing and sweating in church. Of course my family and everybody back home, I want to speak Igbo again.
State of Origin: Anambra State
School: Bates College – Maine
Class – Freshman Year will be in Second by September, 2012
Major – Engineering
In Nigeria, I am a proud member of EducationUSA, as well as a youth leader and worship team member at Family Worship Center (Trailblazers Youth Church) where I speak to young ladies about the love of Jesus and achieving their hopes, dreams and aspirations. I am so delighted to be a part of GFA as I love addressing issues faced by young adults all over the world. I hope to publish several works of academic and creative literature and become an accomplished author. I know that someday SOON, by the Grace of God, I will host my own international television/radio talk show.
In my spare time, I love travelling, cooking, fitness and…SHOPPING! My roles models are Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and of course my ULTIMATE role model is The Holy Trinity; GOD, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I value my personal relationship with GOD. I hope to inspire young women towards achieving greatness and wholeness in mind, body and Spirit.
State of Origin – Bonny, Rivers State
School – Texas Southern University
Year – Second Semester, First year
Major – M.A. English Literature
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Surprisingly, I am only 17! But then, I have a deceptive physique – muscular and stout. This rather ironic physique has earned me a kind of respect among my seniors. I have however, had to be more responsible than my age demands, because of people’s impression about my age. It feels good!
Going to FEDACAD, as we call our High School, gave me a whole lot of opportunities to explore other cultures apart from mine – the Igbo culture. Well, I have never left the frontiers of Nigeria, but my HS was a salad of representatives from all the states of the federation. The best three pupils in every state were selected each year to participate in a 6-year free education scheme, and that was how I found myself studying in a very diverse High School. So, I had many moments of “Hey! How do you perform marriages in your culture…?” and questions of that sort. I’m sure that is one of the experiences that left footprints of inquisitiveness in me.
Sure one would want to know how the wind of US education blew through my mind, since I had never visited any other country in my life, and I’ll tell you! This piece would never be complete without my mentioning the role of USAP in shaping my life philosophy. I know some of us may not know USAP very well. USAP is a global programme titled United States Students Achievers Programme. It was founded in Harare, Zimbabwe to aid economically disadvantaged intellectuals secure a place in US schools for higher learning, and in no time it spread to countries like the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. It works under the US embassy of whatever country it is located, and exposes its participants to life in the US. I was admitted into USAP Nigeria immediately after high school and there, I learnt that there is a life outside Nigeria. And then, I fell in love with Liberal Arts Education, in accordance with my favorite saying “there are SO MANY WAYS TO KILL A RAT!-
I am very outgoing and sociable – but I do that only when I have a listening ear in the background. I love to teach people a lot of things also. During my gap year after HS, I coached many seniors in their preparations for our Standardized exams – the WASSCE. It makes me see myself like I’m looking at a mirror, and I…love it!
State of Origin – Ebonyi State
School – Kenyon College – Ohio
Year: second year will be in a Junior by September 2013
Major – Neuroscience
LILIAN A. UBAH
I had my secondary education at the Federal Government Girls’ College, Onitsha and proceeded to read law at the great University of Ibadan, Oyo State. I went to the Nigerian Law School Abuja; afterwards, I was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. I did my chamber attachment at the Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in Lagos and worked in few law firms. My last employment in Nigeria was in National Human rights Commission, before I left for my masters’ degree in law last year.
I was actively engaged as the legal adviser in my school alumni Association, (University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Abuja Branch) I am also the social welfare officer of the Global Association of Female Attorneys (GAFA) an NGO of female lawyers base in Abuja. I am a member of FIDA as well as Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) Abuja Branch. More so, I am member of the EducationUSA Abuja, Nigeria and a member of the Community and Inclusive Committee University of Oregon, School of law. USA.
When I am not doing schoolwork, I enjoy travelling, meeting friends, faith base activities and playing chess. I am happy to be a participant of the Greetings from America. It is a great experience and a good way to tell one’s story here in America. Regards!
State of Origin= Anambra State
School= University of Oregon, School of Law
Major= LLM in Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law
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I attended The School for the Gifted at my high school level after I graduated as the best student of my junior high school, JSS Pasali with nine A’s in nine subjects in my junior WAEC. I also got the chance to work with the F.C.T. Children’s parliament as an Honorable member of the House. The story had only just begun from there as I went on to make it into the USAP program at the American Embassy in Abuja. The program sponsored my applications to schools in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to the coordinators who found a reason to choose me out of many that applied! Most especially Mrs. Shade Adebayo who was and still is like a mother to me. She advised me, scolded me and did everything within her power to get me where I am today. After one year of restlessness and hard work, God granted me four admissions in the U.S and three scholarships out of the seven schools that I applied to. It was unbelievable to me when I got an email informing me that I have been selected as a MasterCard Foundations Scholar. This scholarship is all encompassing as it covers my flight tickets to and from America, my tuition and board, books, living expenses, laptop, printer and lots more. To make it short, I simply get paid for going to school! I am so grateful to God because I never dreamt of having to study in the U.S. due to the economic situation of my family, but right now the story has completely changed for the better.
It’s my pleasure to provide information to you out there and to let you know that all things are possible and attainable. My life in the U.S. so far is filled with experiences and stories which have completely changed my perception of life. I hope to one day be a citizen that Nigeria would be proud of as her own.
State of Origin: Enugu State
School: Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe Campus
Class: Freshman, second semester as at February, 2015
Major: Biochemistry and a minor in Global Health
I have had to deal with these many such comments about my name so before you, my reader, begins to wonder too, let me clarify it. My name, Panshak, is my tribal name, from Ngas tribe of Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State, Central Nigeria. It is one of the minority tribes in a country of about 370 tribes. Also, the name means hold one another, and depicts the responsibility I was born into as the first child of my family.
To be properly educated has always been my desire. Completing elementary education in Mafeng Private School, Jos and moving onto secondary education in Federal Government Academy, Suleja, I would confidently say I had rewarding experiences. The line from my school anthem, which says -only the best is good enough for thee- shaped my life principles that have spurred me to strive for higher heights and translated into my quest for the best education possible. I sought an American education for 3 years but certain factors did not make it possible. Finally, I began pursuing my undergraduate education in Chemistry at Columbia College, Missouri in 2011. I did not mind the 3-year gap because the quality of my education would override whatever time differences had accrued. It’s a matter of quality and not pace.
Within my time in Columbia College, drug research interested me, and I discovered that it is an area that would give me the privilege and satisfaction of finding cures and remedies to diseases. Consequently, I will begin working towards my doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Washington State University, Washington, from the fall of 2015. There is always enough research out there that can be done at every point in time.
My hobbies are watching and playing soccer, writing, listening to music and playing drums of any kind. Pascal Blaise’s once said, “a man’s greatness lies in his power of thought,” forms the framework for my last hobby, which is reflection. I am also quiet natured and tolerant.
State of Origin – Plateau State
Undergraduate School – Columbia College, Missouri
Graduate School – Washington State University
Class – Will be a first year graduate student by August, 2015
Field – Pharmaceutical Science (PhD track)
Dr Simon-Okube Patience E
My passion is to one day play an appreciable role in restructuring the health system of my country, Nigeria; where possible my continent Africa and indeed the world as a whole. This passion moved me into medical school exactly ten (10) years after my 1st degree in Botany. Being out of my country then on a diplomatic posting to Burkina Faso with my husband, this was a tough decision especially having to travel back to Nigeria with three children, the third being just four (4) months old. Many then, thought I was crazy, but today I am happy I took that risk, it was indeed a leap of faith.
My short term goal when I left the shores of Nigeria in August, 2010 was to become an MPH (master of Public Health) graduate of University of Kentucky, USA. My intention was to acquire a broad based state of the art quantitative and qualitative managerial skills, as well as multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems. Today, I am so happy and grateful to God that, that goal has been attained, and am just finalizing my practical training. I indeed enthusiastically look forward to returning to my country, to assist my colleagues in my own little way, in rebuilding the nation’s health system.
My long term professional goal is to build a state of the art Medical and Diagnostic Centre/Hospital in my country, as well as occupy senior leadership positions in my country’s Health System, thereby, help in harmonizing the communication between financing care and delivering care, between developing sound policy and implementing it. I love singing, dancing, cooking and counseling. I believe there is a measure of goodness in everyone, and that life can be good if you are a little more patient.
Motto: “When you Believe, Dreams Come True!”
State of Origin – Anambra State
School – University of Kentucky
Year – Post Graduate
Major – Public Health
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Philip Abel Adam
I am a very easy-going and affable person, who loves meeting and learning from good people. I sing, play soccer, and see movies at free time. I also love to share my experiences with people and this is the major reason why I am so excited to partake in the GFA program.
State of Origin – Kogi State
School – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Class – Senior 2015
Major – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Sanusi Shehu (Sanshehu)
In his free time, Sanshehu loves to watch and play football. His favorite team is FC Barcelona and hopes to visit their stadium someday!
State of Origin – Kogi State
School: Graduate of Mount Holyoke College
Major: Biochemistry with a pre-med Track
Long term career goal: to become a healthcare professional !
2010-2011 Student Participants
My plans for the future are multitudinous but my basic want is to be content with what I have while making the changes I can. I am from Lagos State in Nigeria so I hope to one day return to it and develop some areas that have been overlooked by the government and to somehow affect the future. I have never believed the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, rather I believe that we are the leaders of today and we should take a stand in each and every situation we find ourselves in to be the change we hope to see in the world. I don-t believe I am a perfectionist but I do not like releasing works for scrutiny until I am sure that they are good. So this makes it hard for me to be a regular blogger. However, I try my best. You can check out a few of my words on www.ooreswords.blogspot.com and lest I forget my friend.
State of Origin: Lagos
School: Ohio Wesleyan University
State of Origin: Kaduna State
School: Brandeis University
Major: Aeronautic Engineering
Adesola Oluwagbemiga Oje
State of Origin – Osun State
School – Mississippi State University
Year – Third year by August
Major – Biomedical Engineering
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Chinedu Dominic Umeasiegbu
Prior to his enrollment in the University of Houston, he earned a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State. After earning his Bachelor-s degree, he went on to participate in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme. He did his youth service in the Gas & Power Directorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Abuja from 2009 to 2010.
Chinedu enjoys watching soccer, hanging out with friends and playing Scrabble during his free time. He describes himself as a friendly and sociable person. He hopes to learn a lot about the American culture and educate his host friends and community about his culture and country.
State of Origin: Imo State *
School: University of Houston
Year: second year of PhD
Major: Chemical Engineering