Promotions, Moves and Recognition
Dr. Kehinde Moyib, 2010 AWARD Fellow, Nigeria
Dr. Kehinde Moyib gave an oral presentation at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America 2011 International Annual Meetings held in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., on the “Genetic Variation of Postharvest Physiological Deterioration in a Cassava Germplasm.”
Ebere Ekweagwu, 2011 AWARD Fellow, Nigeria
Ebere Ekweagwu, a nutritionist, will give an oral presentation on the “Dietary Habits and Nutritional Status of School-aged Children in Onchocerciasis-endemic Communities of Ebonyi State, Nigeria” at the 16th International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney, Australia in September, 2012.
“I am very excited, because this will be my first opportunity to share the results of my research work outside of Nigeria,” says Ekweagwu. “Thanks to AWARD for creating the platform for this great opportunity.”
Dr. Sarah Mubiru, 2009 AWARD Fellow, Uganda
Dr. Sarah Mubiru recently joined the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) in Kampala, Uganda as an agricultural advisor. She formerly served as the program assistant for the Livestock and Fisheries Programme of the Association of Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).
“Having gone through an entire ASARECA project implementation cycle, I realized that it was time for me to move on and progress in my career purpose road map,” says Mubiru. “I have a passion for seeing research outputs positively impact the lives of farmers, and I hope I can obtain fulfillment towards this at SNV. The job will also increase my exposure to a working environment tilted more towards development than research.
“As much as I appreciate all the organizations and entities that have had input into my career, I acknowledge the immense contribution of AWARD to my career growth in equipping me with the skills for developing a focused career direction, rather than leaving my career to be guided by random incidents and processes. I also appreciate the opportunities I have received to mentor others in a formal and guided process, because this has helped me to grow tremendously and learn very valuable people skills. One of my major skills strengths for this new job was my experience in being mentored and mentoring others.”
Everlyne Cherobon, AWARD Fellow, Kenya
Everlyne Cherobon recently sent this update. “AWARD sponsored me to attend the Agribusiness Forum 2010 in Kampala, organized by the European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC). I entered the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award competition, and was the first runner-up. I competed again the next year, winning the $15,000 award, presented at the Agribusiness Forum 2011 in Johannesburg, which I am investing in my project, EMEDEN Kenya (http://emeden.webs.com). On track with the first goal of my career purpose road map, EMEDEN Kenya is now a full-fledged farmers’ organization. My second goal was to obtain an MSc; I am currently studying agricultural resources management at the University of Nairobi and am developing a research proposal on soil erosion and land degradation. I cannot be happier and I am proud of what I have accomplished as an AWARD Fellow.”
Olubukola Bosede Osuntade, 2011 AWARD Fellow, Nigeria
Olubukola Bosede Osuntade was recently promoted to the position of Lecturer II at the Oyo State College of Agriculture in Igboora, Nigeria. “The next step that I needed to climb on my career purpose road map has been reached,” proudly says Osuntade, who previously served as a program officer at the Livelihoods Support and Development Centre. “I have been hoping for this position for the last two years.”
Osuntade credits AWARD’s training in helping her recognize her potential. “AWARD opened my eyes to the many things that I never knew I could do that were locked up somewhere in me. I see things with a very different eye now—the eye of ‘I can do it’.”
Osuntade is particularly grateful for the guidance of her AWARD Mentor, Professor Sanni Lateef Oladimeji of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. “He is the best mentor anybody can have, and has helped greatly in the process of discovering the best in me,” she says. “Now if anybody asks me what my profession is, I can boldly say that I am a lecturer. The sky is just the starting point!”