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Oluwatofunmi Oteju, the 16-year-old in the US making Nigeria proud


Oluwatofunmi Oteju is a 16-year-old Nigerian girl in her first year at the Augsburg University in the United States of America and she is making the country proud as she was just awarded the Emerging Leader of the Year award for 2018 by the University held on the 8th of April, 2018.

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The award designed to recognize students who participated in the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) during 2017 fall semester, was used by the University to celebrate students who demonstrated active involvement in student activities, student governance, and student life at Augsburg during the academic year.

In recommending Oluwatofunmi Oteju for the award, her international student advisors, James Tresland Porter and Angela Bonfigilio wrote that she exhibited calm presence and showed strong leadership within her short stay on campus.

“In her short time here, despite her age, she has shown extreme maturity and leadership on campus, “ her Advisor wrote in her recommendation form.

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The recommendation stated further that Oluwatofunmi Oteju was awarded for her selfless contributions in the area of guiding International Students in settling into the University environment.

The University stated that Tofunmi impressed it with her confidence in navigating Augsburg and the opportunities around her with humility.

We had earlier shared the story of a 25-year-old U.K based Nigerian man and Twitter @olamideDIY who achieved a great feat of becoming Africa’s first PhD holder in National Security Strategy, not just even in Nigeria.

Dr Olamide shared the amazing news on his Twitter page, he wrote;

Aii, Viva passed! Officially Dr. Olamide Samuel, PhD, MA, BSc. I have a few typos to correct and I’m done!! First African PhD holder in National Security Strategy. I’m 25 so I got energy

Recently an 18-year old Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu made history as the youngest person to graduate from Howard University.

Nkechinyere graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a degree in chemical engineering, and she’s starting her Ph.D. program at the University of California-Davis after summer.

She will be studying biomedical engineering with a focus on creating and discovering new medicines.

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