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MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN BRITAIN: NIGERIAN Lady, MARYLEEN ULUAKU NDUBUAKU Graduates in Distinction from COVENTRY University…Successfully completes Masters Degree program in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems *Shines as Best Student in Faculty, Overall Student in Department *Promised to always make Nigeria Proud every time * “I am Happy I successfully completed my MSc program in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems at Coventry University UK with a Distinction”-MARYLEEN BY RACHAEL IMUGBEAGBON/STAFF WRITER, UNITED KINGDOM

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN BRITAIN: NIGERIAN Lady, MARYLEEN ULUAKU NDUBUAKU Graduates in Distinction from COVENTRY University…Successfully completes Masters Degree program in Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems *Shines as Best...

ROYAL HONOR FOR NIGERIA IN BRITAIN : BIRMINGHAM City University Celebrates NIGERIA’S Most Famous KING, Ooni of IFE…Seeks to strengthen ties between British institution and over 40 million people he represents in Africa *51st Ooni of the Yoruba people selected from 21 contenders shines in UK *Visit applaud achievements of 1,000 graduates from the University living in Nigeria, holding eminent positions in fields as diverse as banking, finance, higher education, government * His Imperial Majesty, King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi: “We are proud to be associated with this University and to be in the thoughts and feelings of your students who are potential leaders of our great country of Nigeria and the entire black race.” *Scholarships for prospective Yoruba students commencing their studies in 2018 at Birmingham City University now available * Additional Speeches made by Oluwadamilola Adebambo, President of the Nigerian Society at Birmingham City University Students’ Union and Akin Babasanya, University alumnus and President of the Yoruba Descendants in the Midlands BY TOLU ADEBOLA, REPORTER, BIRMINGHAM CITY & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

ROYAL HONOR FOR NIGERIA IN BRITAIN : BIRMINGHAM City University Celebrates NIGERIA’S Most Famous KING, Ooni of IFE…Seeks to strengthen ties between British institution and over 40 million people he represents in Africa *51st Ooni...

PORT-HARCOURT GIRL, GLORY OF NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN Genius CHINELO OKPARANTA WIN 2017 Great Immigrant Honoree AWARD from Carnegie Corporation of New York…Working as Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing (Fiction) at Bucknell University *Remains Research Fellow of C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty *Received BS from Pennsylvania State University, MA from Rutgers University, and MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop *Recipient of Colgate University Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction as well as University of Iowa’s Provost’s Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction *Nominated for a US Artist Fellowship in 2012, Awarded additional fellowships and faculty appointments/visiting professorships at Columbia University, Purdue University, Middlebury College (Bread Loaf’s John Gardner Fellow in Fiction), Howard University (Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Writing Workshop Fiction Faculty), City College of New York, and Southern New Hampshire University * Winner: 2014 Lambda Literary Award, 2016 Lambda Literary Award, 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction, 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, and a 2014 O. Henry Prize *Finalist for 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award and 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in Literature BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PORT-HARCOURT GIRL, GLORY OF NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN Genius CHINELO OKPARANTA WIN 2017 Great Immigrant Honoree AWARD from Carnegie Corporation of New York…Working as Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing (Fiction)...

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN Born American, OBIOMA PAUL IWUANYANWU Teaches World Literature and Critical Theory in Central State University…Survivor of the Igbo genocide in Nigeria is a Fellow of International School of Theory in Humanities *WINS Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars * At 4years old suffered from Kwashiorkor, effects of then Nigerian government’s blockade of importation of food and relief materials into Biafra * Studied English Language and Literature at Imo State University (now Abia State University), graduated with honors with minors in History and Linguistics * Gained Master’s degree from University of Jos with a thesis on the novels of George Orwell and Wole Soyinka * Moved to America to resume doctoral studies at Syracuse University, later earning his PhD in English and Textual Studies *REVEALED: Views on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s writing models BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN Born American, OBIOMA PAUL IWUANYANWU Teaches World Literature and Critical Theory in Central State University…Survivor of the Igbo genocide in Nigeria is a Fellow of International School of Theory in Humanities *WINS...

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN Lady, IHILESEN OPEYEMI EHIMIAGHE Bags FIRST CLASS Law Degree in University of Lancaster…Celebrated as ‘Overall Best Student with Honour in Faculty’ *Overcome Obstacles of losing Father earlier, Loses Mother as Orphan in Final Year * Worked THREE Shifts of JOBS in United Kingdom to make ends meet * Received Support from Friends and Family all through school * “I had my eyes on bagging a First Class Law degree, even after I lose my father and mother”-Ehimiaghe BY TIM ROBERT/REPORTER, Lancaster

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN Lady, IHILESEN OPEYEMI EHIMIAGHE Bags FIRST CLASS Law Degree in University of Lancaster…Celebrated as ‘Overall Best Student with Honor in Faculty’ *Overcome Obstacles of losing Father earlier, Loses...

INSPIRATIONAL from BRAIN & BEAUTY: NIGERIA’S Beauty Queen, UGOJI CATHERINEMARY NNEAMAKA Bags FIRST Class Degree in Computer Science…Emerges Overall BEST Graduating Student for 2016/2017 *Earlier had NINE A-One Distinction at Loretto Special Science school, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anambra * Intelligent lady seeing as a Genius from Formative Years * Software Engineer aspiring damsel dabbles into Pageantry by luck *Specializes on Charity projects in old people’s home at Awkunanaw, Enugu State BY ANGELA OKHALBU/FASHION REPORTER, ENUGU

INSPIRATIONAL from BRAIN & BEAUTY: NIGERIA’S Beauty Queen, UGOJI CATHERINEMARY NNEAMAKA Bags FIRST Class Degree in Computer Science…Emerges Overall BEST Graduating Student for 2016/2017 *Earlier had NINE A-One Distinction at...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD ABROAD: NIGERIAN Genius GIRL, FOLAFOLUWA OGINNI Won Best Student in WAEC at age 17 years…Quits Law Degree at Obafemi Awolowo University Due to ASUU Strike with a CGPA of 4.53 *Admitted for Law Degree at the University of Hertfordshire  in United Kingdom *Becomes British University’s FIRST Nigerian Valedictorian *Graduates as Overall BEST Student with a perfect CGPA and score of 360 out of 360 BY TIMOTHY ILWANU/EDUCATION REPORTER, LONDON

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD ABROAD: NIGERIAN Genius GIRL, FOLAFOLUWA OGINNI Won Best Student in WAEC at age 17 years…Quits Law Degree at Obafemi Awolowo University Due to ASUU Strike with a CGPA of 4.53 *Admitted for Law Degree at the University...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD OVERSEAS: NIGERIAN, 23 Years old, ABASIODIONG JACKSON Graduates with FIRST CLASS in University of Huddersfield…Studied Electronic Engineering, Named Best Student *Immediately Offered High-paying JOB at the prestigious university located in West Yorkshire, England * Akwa-Ibom native from Nsit Unium local government vows to rebrand NIGERIA positively Abroad *In 2014 University of Huddersfield was named the Times Higher Education’s Best University Workplace, New University of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2015 BY NSIKE IKPEME/REPORTER, AKWA-IBOM & ANGELA OSADOR/EDUCATION STAFF WRITER, UNITED KINGDOM

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD OVERSEAS: NIGERIAN, 23 Years old, ABASIODIONG JACKSON Graduates with FIRST CLASS in University of Huddersfield…Studied Electronic Engineering, Named Best Student *Immediately Offered High-paying JOB at the prestigious...