From Nigeria. I grew up in a town called Akure, located in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.
BSc Geology (2008, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria); MS Geology (2017, Oklahoma State University,U.S.A.); PhD Geophysics (2020, University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.).
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant. My work integrates the geoscience fields of structural geology, Geophysics, and Geomechanics. My research is focused on unraveling the mechanics of how ancient faults are been ‘woken up’ in this present day, either by human activity (induced seismicity) or by far-field tectonics stresses. In addition to research, I teach undergraduate Structural Geology laboratory Sessions.
Love for the natural outdoors.
My biggest challenge has been the common perception in the western world that Africans cannot do fundamental science and do not know math. This is even more challenging because of the lack of role models of African descent in my field.
My mum was a high school teacher, and she taught my siblings that getting good education is the door out of poverty. The constant financial challenges my family faced while growing up in Nigeria gave me an endless source of motivation and grit to keep up a strong work ethic.
I think the outstanding scientific contributions of Africans to global science needs to be celebrated and shared to the broader global audience. It appears to me that, although Africans are contributing in various ways to globally significant and fundamental science,these achievements need to be given some 'loudspeaker'. This could be done in the form of an online scicomm magazine or audio and video interview/podcasts dedicated to Africans in STEM.
I will like to tell them that, although there may be only a few people like us in your field, you too can contribute to the advancement of global science. You have to keep trying to be better at what you do. Endeavour to get mentorship from people that can help you grow; and lastly, keep striving and persisting, until you succeed.