What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Geology and Master’s degree in Geology (Mineral Exploration) from the University of Benin, Nigeria. I am currently studying a Masters in Applied Geosciences at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

What is your current occupation?

I am a Master student at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. I am also a member of a research group in the Department of Geology, University of Benin, Nigeria.

What or who got you into STEM?

My love for the outdoors. I love nature and the phenomena that forms nature. I met people who had passion for STEM and showed the fun part of STEM.

What is the biggest challenge/barrier you have faced as an African in STEM?

Lack of adequate facilities in laboratories, inadequate access to appropriate educational materials. Funding for adequate research. 

How do you think your background/upbringing has been beneficial in your journey/career?

The fact that I didn’t have everything I needed, gave me the motivation to make the best use of the little I had access to. This has also strengthened my drive to achieve excellence as I pursue my career.

How do you think we can start to change the narrative surrounding African contributions
to global STEM research & careers?

Africans should see themselves as an integral part of the global STEM Community. We should begin to build credibility and integrity in our research. We should draw into the global research themes and contribute meaningfully to its development

What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring Africans in STEM?

It can only get better from where you currently are, you just have to put in a little more effort and dedication.