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Three Nigerians wins Gates Cambridge International Scholarship Award

Three Nigerians have been announced to be among the 74 awardees for the 2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship Award and will now enjoy a full scholarship at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Application for the 2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship was open on the 1st of September 2020 and was shared on all Scholarship Region platforms, you can CLICK HERE to join the available WhatsApp group to stay informed.

The Nigerians announced as winners include Stanley Onyemechalu for PhD in Archaeology, Oluwasegun Afolaranmi, for PhD in Medical Science; and Peter Nwokoye for MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

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Announcing the winners through their official website, the University stated that this year’s recipients will get generous funding to do their research in addition to benefiting from “the strong sense of community and identity that has been forged by their predecessors and an absolute commitment to improving the lives of others.”

“The 74 new Scholars will be joined by up to 10 scholars who are deferring from 2020, to form a class of 84 this October,” the official statement read.

According to Onyemechalu, he said he will will be exploring the “destructive and generative impacts of Nigeria’s 30-month Civil war, remembered as the “Biafran War”, on the cultural identity and patrimony of the Igbo people” during his time at the University of Cambridge.

“At Cambridge, my PhD research will focus more explicitly on the complex interaction of conflict and intangible heritage and the dissonances in memorialisation, canonisation, representation and silencing,” he said

“I hope to further our understanding of the uses of heritage during conflicts and to help post-conflict communities to develop comprehensive approaches to their heritage in order to inform policies for dealing with the legacies of difficult pasts. I am thrilled to belong to the Gates community and I look forward to an impactful partnership.

Afolaranmi, on his part, would focus on “exploring how hedgehog signaling works in different subsets of gamma-delta T cells in the response to cancer tumours.”

“Ultimately, through my research, I plan to contribute significantly to efforts aimed at expanding access to transformative therapies in Africa and to alleviate the unacceptable disparities currently observed,” he said.

As for Nwokoye, he will investigate the “spatiotemporal evolution of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, particularly those that cause gastrointestinal infections and are prevalent in low- and middle-income countries.”

“The global and multidisciplinary learning network fostered by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship will enrich my graduate studies. I hope to learn from, contribute to, and be inspired by the diverse pool of talented Gates scholars and alumni from around the world,” he said.

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