I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Uyo, Nigeria and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical at the Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. I am also a TWAS-DFG Visiting Fellow and an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Munich, Germany.
The love for mathematics got me into STEM. I was really good in mathematics and this affected my results in any mathematics related subject. Because of this, I opted for the sciences in high school. My high school teachers advised me to go for Medicine and Surgery or Engineering in the University but I preferred Chemistry. To fulfill my love for mathematics, at the Postgraduate level, I decided to specialize in Physical Chemistry where I can apply Mathematics and Physics in solving Chemistry problems.
The major challenge is funding for research in Africa.
Coming from a background where discipline, focus and commitment are the watchwords, I grew up with the determination to be the best in whatever I do.
We must create an enabling environment for STEM research in Africa. Among other things, brain drain will reduce.
You can be the very best in whatever you choose to do if you are focused, determined, and above all disciplined.
I am currently looking at chiral molecules of Astrophysical importance which can serve as seeds for the chemical origin of life. This is a multidisciplinary project which encompasses computational chemistry, laboratory molecular spectroscopy, astrochemical modelling and astronomical observation.
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