The African Union (AU) Commission honored professor Tebello Nyokong of South Africa and professor Opara Umezurike of Nigeria with the Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Awards Saturday.
The awards are dedicated to three different levels: regional, national and continental. The purpose is to recognize the African men and women who are involved in science and who stand out because of their training and research contributions to develop Africa.
To help Africa fulfill its potential, the AU Agenda 2063 emphasizes the importance of education, science and technology. These disciplines will encourage the growth of national, regional and continental leaders.
The award ceremony was held at the 26th Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The event, which was hosted at the AU headquarters located in Ethiopia, was led by Martial De Paul Ikounga, the commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, gave a statement that highlights Africa as a worldwide leader in natural and human resources, which can be used to help Africa continue to grow economically, scientifically and technologically.