The searchlight of Operation Show Me Your Score Card (OSMYCARD) of Sunlight City Foundation has successfully examined the public records of some Nigerians doing great in the diaspora. They are notable Nigerians positively impacting the world in their different fields. They are the pride of our dear nation in the diaspora. They are heroes and OSMYCARD is expecting other Nigerians coming up to emulate these our notable heroes. However, here are the four notable Nigerians in the diaspora:
- Akinwunmi Ayodeji Adeshina
Dr Akinwunmi A. Adeshina finished from University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), where he obtained BSc in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in USA. He won Outstanding PhD Thesis Award from the said university. He also won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 1988.
He served as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development under President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration. During this time, he initiated and executed policy reforms and promoted recent agricultural investment programmes to create more opportunities for the private individual to participate in the sector. During his term, he worked so hard to increase food production by an additional 21 million metric tons over 4 years and generated 5.6 billion dollars in private sector investment. As a result of his work he won global awards such as:
- World Food Prize (2017)
- The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition (2017)
- Sunhak Peace Prize for his achievements in promoting food security in Africa through agricultural innovation. (2019)
- In 1988, he won Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
- He was elected in 2015 as President of the African Development Bank Group.
- Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
- Principal Economist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
- Principal Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association.
- Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
- President of the African Association of Agricultural Economics.
- Olagunju Ogunbiyi MBBS, MD, FRCS
Professor Olagunju Ogunbiyi is a Consultant General Surgeon with sub-specialties in Colorectal Gastroscopy OGD, Colonoscopy, Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal cancers, Lower gastrointestinal cancers.
Professor Olagunju Ogunbiyi is a consultant colorectal surgeon at The Wellington Hospital with special interests in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, endoscopy and general surgery.
Professor Ogunbiyi is also a consultant colorectal surgeon at The Royal Free Hospital in North London.
- Arunma Oteh
Arunma Oteh is a Nigerian from Abia State with British citizenship. She graduated from University of Nsukka with first class honours in Computer Science. In 1990 she obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) and in 1992, she secured a job at the African Development Bank (ADB) as the Senior Financial Analyst. She is the current vice president and treasurer of the World Bank.
- In 1984, during NYSC, she was a lecturer at the Computer Science department of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
- In 1985 she was the Corporate Finance Officer (CFO) and Acting Head, Management Information Systems Unit of Centre Point Investments.
- A Consultant at Irving Skinner, London, UK.
- In 1992 Senior Financial Analyst, Public Sector Lending Department of African Development Bank (ADB).
- In 1993 Senior Investment and Capital Market Officer of ADB.
- In 1997, Division Manager, Investment of ADB.
- In 2001, she was promoted to Group Treasurer of ADB.
- In 2006, she became Group Vice President, Corporate Services of ADB.
- 2010 Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria.
- 2015, she was appointed as Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank Treasury.
Chinedum Peace Babalola
Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola is the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University. She is a Pharmacist and professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmacokinetics, University of Ibadan (UI). Babalola obtained B.Pharm, MSc. and PhD Degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is the first female Pharmacist Professor in University of Ibadan.
She was once Head of Department and Director of General Studies Programme where she introduced ‘Drugs and Mankind’ as a course component for all undergraduate students. She also became the first Pharmacist to be appointed as Specialist/Consultant in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria.
In 2018, she won Silverbird TV award as one of the 16 prominent Nigerian women that have excelled in Science and Research and also received a merit award from Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPS) of Nigeria. She also won 2018 May & Baker Service Professional award.
In 2011, she led a multinational/interdisciplinary team that won MacArthur Foundation grant (approx. 1 million Dollars) to set up Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP) in UI. It is first of its kind in Africa. Professor Babalola received over 25 fellowships, awards and grants from World Bank/NUC, Canada; DAAD, Germany; Hartford Hospital Fellowships, USA; MacArthur Fellowships, USA; TWAS; WHO; UNIDO, NIH, etc.
In 2016, she was selected as one of the 10 most influential female scientists in Nigeria. She was also chosen as the only African member, Strategy Working Group (SWG), Joint Committee of International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) in France.
She completed post-doctoral fellowship at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 1995 and in 2012 she also completed Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmacy (IPAT) jointly from Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy, Tanzania and Purdue University, USA.
- In 1985 she was a Junior Trainee Fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
- In 1998 Senior Lecturer at the University of Ibadan.
- In 2003 she became a Reader.
- In 2006 she became the first female Professor of Pharmacy in University of Ibadan.
- In 2015 she was appointed by University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, as a Specialist/Consultant.
There are more Nigerians in the diaspora doing well in their different areas of endeavour, Operation Show Me Your Score Card (OSMYCARD) of Sunlight City Foundation is pleased to feature them on our site.