MasterCard Foundation | Nigerian scholar wins Ideas Matter Fellowship

MasterCard Foundation | Nigerian scholar wins Ideas Matter Fellowship

MasterCard Foundation | Nigerian scholar wins Ideas Matter Fellowship

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Osemudiamen Anao of University of Benin in Nigeria has been named among winners of Ideas Matter Research Fellowships for West African Scholars backed by MasterCard Foundation and The West African Research Association (WARA).

Ideas Matter is a new fellowship which supports the research of young academics in the region focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship, according to its promoters.

Anao of Nigeria is one of the three winners including Akomoun Blandine Kapko of Benin Republic and Gloria Tetteh-Kubi of Ghana, selected among 63 applicants across West Africa.

Following the win, the Nigerian scholar will benefit from $4,000 grants to allow recipients “to solve some of the most trenchant health and economic challenges facing Africa today”, MasterCard Foundation and WARA jointly announced.

Following the win, the Nigerian scholar will benefit from $4,000 grants to allow recipients “to solve some of the most trenchant health and economic challenges facing Africa today”, MasterCard Foundation and WARA jointly announced.

Osemudiamen Anao of University of Benin in Nigeria has been named among winners of Ideas Matter Research Fellowships for West African Scholars backed by MasterCard Foundation and The West African Research Association (WARA).
Osemudiamen Anao of University of Benin in Nigeria has been named among winners of Ideas Matter Research Fellowships for West African Scholars backed by MasterCard Foundation and The West African Research Association (WARA). Photo credit: UNIBEN website

The Nigerian scholar, Anao, will explore the health effects of a toxic common component of e-waste capable of acting as an endocrine disruptor, carcinogen and neuro-development toxicant, according to a statement issued today announcing the final winners.

On the other hand, Akomoun Blandine Kapko of the Université d’Abomey-Calavi in Benin Republic, will develop an inventory of plants used in the traditional treatment of typhoid fever, further working to identify and isolate their active properties.

On his part, Gloria Tetteh-Kubi of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana will investigate measures aimed at reducing widespread pesticide use in cowpea cultivation, contributing to poverty reduction, food security and biodiversity conservation.

Organisers said that the inaugural competition of the Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship programme received 63 applications from graduate students representing 10 West African countries and fields as diverse as biology, agronomy, political science, medicine, public health, chemistry and pharmacy.

“While only 17 of the 63 applicants were women, the three  applications which rose to the top were all submitted by young women – attesting to the growing role of women in science and technology”, they said.

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