“Two Nigerians win gates cambridge PhD Scholarship’s
Promise Frank Ejiofor and Paula-Peace James-Okoro, two Nigerians, will begin their PhD programs in October after winning the Gates Cambridge Scholarship’s.
International postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge compete fiercely for the scholarship program.
James-Okoro, who graduated from Covenant University in Ogun State with a degree in biochemistry, will research the mechanisms by which gut hormones regulate body weight and blood sugar levels.
Her goal is to create medications that control gut hormones to combat obesity. In 2017 and 2019, she completed research internships at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
Speaking with The Guardian, she said: “I hope to contribute to the development of biomedical infrastructure that can alleviate the burden of metabolic diseases in Africa.”
Ejiofor, who studied philosophy at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, has been on an intellectual journey over the last few years
Starting with philosophy and moving through international relations, politics and anthropology before arriving at development studies.
His desire to explore ideas that will have a concrete impact on people in Africa has been an underlying motivator.
For his doctoral programme, Ejiofor will study accountability and corruption in Nigeria’s informal economy.
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He said: “As a man of ideas, I strongly believe that education and research are conducive to social, moral and political revolutions.
I am confident that my research will inform policy interventions given the functional holes in Nigeria’s labile taxation system.”