Dr. Ify Aniebo On How Nigerians Are Missing Out On Major Scientific Collaborations With Western Institutions


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Nigerians doing exploits in other countries have shown that Nigeria has the brain power and human resources but lack basic infrastructures.

Dr. Ify Aniebo, the founder of African Health, an African wellness and health website, explained how Nigeria is missing out on major scientific collaborations with Western countries.

In a series of tweets, she also gave reasons why Nigerians, who study abroad do not want to come home after their studies.


Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda are ahead of Nig with regards 2 scientific research. Also, Mali, The Gambia, and Senegal. Naija is snoozing.

There are many scientific research opportunities in Ghana and Kenya – with funding! They’ve created collaborations with Western institutions.

Young research scientists like myself either stay back in the UK., go to the U.S, or consider opportunities in South Africa or Ghana.

I found out a lot of West African collaborations don’t include Nigeria. I asked why. Reason: Nigerians talk big and don’t do the work.

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It’s quite unfortunate. Whilst Nigeria snoozes where science is concerned, watch out for Kenya and Ghana in the next decade. Kudos to them.

Me: I’m coming home to advance scientific research and put nig on the map.

Also me: b$£&! where? no electricity to even use a microscope

I remain hopeful.


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