Lets post pictures of labs and schools and maybe some top scientists in Africa.
Philip Emeagwali was voted history's greatest scientist (#1) of African descent — and the 35th greatest African of all time — in a survey for the September 2004 issue of the London-based New African magazine. President Bill Clinton extolled Philip Emeagwali as “the Bill Gates of Africa” but his fans countered that “Bill Gates is the Philip Emeagwali of America.” Emeagwali won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, the Nobel Prize of supercomputing.
In this day and age when Japanese, Chinese or anyone remotely resembling Asian descent is automatically presumed to hold superior mathematical and technological aptitude, Dr. Emeagwali poses a refreshing reminder (1) to the world that intellectual gifts come in all races, creeds and colors; and (2) to Igbos that when we strive for excellence, there is no limit to what we can achieve ... so strive for excellence!
Philip Emeagwali, biography, supercomputer scientist, Internet pioneer, mathematician, inventor
So who is Philip Emeagwali, and what has he done that has made him so famous? Emeagwali first entered the international limelight in 1989 when he received the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for performing the world's fastest calculation at 3.1 billion calculations per second. This calculation was remarkable not only because it was twice as fast as the previous world record, but also because of the method used to achieve this phenomenal task. Rather than use a multimillion dollar supercomputer, Emeagwali used the Internet to access 65,536 small computers simultaneously (called massively parallel computers).
Connection Machine programmed by Emeagwali to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second.
Unity is indeed strength as demonstrated by Emeagwali's approach. This technology is revolutionizing the oil industry as it is used to help simulate how to recover oil from oilfields, thus helping oil producing nations to efficiently extract more oil and increase their oil revenues. It is also applicable to the field of meteorology as it can be used to help predict weather patterns for the next 100 years forecast.
Since this invention, Emeagwali has made numerous other achievements and received dozens of honors and awards across the globe in the field of mathematics, science and computers.
Isn't it just like an Igbo, to use existing resources and push them to their fullest potential to achieve unsurpassed results that would revolutionize several major industries at once. Remember Emmanuel Egbujo, inventor of the solar powered car or Damien Anyanwu who invented Radio Mbaise from Igbo traditional methods? Remember during the Nigeria Biafra War when Emeagwali was a mere refugee, his kinsfolk developed the "Ogbunigwe" bomb (popularly called the Ojukwu bucket) which dazzled the world of super powers. They also developed a self-sufficient petroleum refining method which Nigeria is yet to discover.
Ndi Igbo lay claim to Emeagwali's achievements not to subtract from their magnanimity, but to remind our Igbo brothers and sisters that we have a tradition of competitiveness and excellence. However, like many of Nigeria's untapped resources this type of genius lies grossly underdeveloped in millions of Nigerian children and even in ourselves.
Some of Emeagwali's inventions are so complex, that only the most sophisticated computer scientist and mathematicians can understand them. However, the creation of Emeagwali himself is a simple story. Emeagwali was born to Onitsha parents, his father being a nurse and mother a housewife. As a child, his father focused on the development of his son's mathematical skills and required him on a daily basis to solve 100 math problems in one hour. This method helped to develop Emeagwali into a mathematical wizard as his abilities soon surpassed his father's. Although showing great promise, Emeagwali's education threatened to derail when he was forced to drop out of school at the age 14 because his father was unable to pay his school fees. However, Emeagwali continued to study and eventually received a scholarship to Oregon State University in the USA where he earned a B.S. Subsequently, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, two Masters Degrees from George Washington University and a third Masters Degree from the University of Maryland. Isn't it just like an Igbo to overcome such odds only to excel and excel and excel?
And to top it all off, Emeagwali is married to an accomplished scientist in her own right. Dr. Dale Brown Emeagwali, renowned microbiologist was named 1996 Scientist of the Year by the National Technical Association. The Emeagwali's have one child.
Dr. Philip Emeagwali is truly an international treasure, and IGBO BASICS looks forward to his appearance at the World Igbo Congress Conference in New York. In the meantime, we can all learn more about Dr. Emeagwali on the Internet at http://emeagwali.com.
Hyperball nature-inspired computer network invented by Emeagwali.
Emeagwali voted history's greatest African scientist
New African, Sept. 2004
LONDON - Philip Emeagwali was voted the 35th greatest African of all time in a survey for New African magazine, it was announced on August 26, 2004. Emeagwali also ranked as the greatest African scientist ever.
The technology category was topped by Imhotep, the multi-genius that designed Egypt's first pyramid. The science category was topped by Emeagwali famed for helping give birth to the supercomputer, the technology that gave rise to the Internet.
Emeagwali's discovery of a formula that enables supercomputers powered by 65,000 electronic brains called "processors" to perform the world’s fastest calculations inspired the reinvention of supercomputers - from the size and shape of a loveseat to a thousand-fold faster machine that occupies the space of four tennis courts, costs 400 million dollars a piece, powered by 65,000 processors and that can perform a billion billion calculations per second.
Emeagwali reformulated Newton’s Second Law of Motion as 18 equations and algorithms; then as 24 million algebraic equations; and finally he programmed and executed those equations on 65,000 processors at a speed of 3.1 billion calculations per second.
Emeagwali's 65,000 processors, 24 million equations and 3.1 billion calculations were three world records that garnered international headlines.
Due to the oil boom years of the 1970s, education was expanded to reach every subregion of Nigeria. But there were also some good universities in Nigeria before the oil era.
Federal Government and the State Governments were previously the only bodies licensed to operate Universities in Nigeria.
Recently, licenses have also been granted to individuals, corporate bodies and religious bodies to establish private universities in Nigeria.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) is the major accreditation body that enforces uniform standard and sets admissions capacity of every University in Nigeria.
FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES - YEAR FOUNDED
1. University of Ibadan, Ibadan 1948
2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1960
3. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 1962
4. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1962
5. University of Lagos, Lagos 1962
6. University of Benin, Benin 1970
7. Bayero University Kano, Kano 1975
8. University of Calabar, Calabar 1975
9. University of Ilorin, Ilorin 1975
10. University of Jos, Jos 1975
11. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri 1975
12. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto 1975
13. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt 1975
14. University of Abuja, Abuja 1988
15. University of Uyo, Uyo 1991
16. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 1992
17. National Open University 2002
FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES OF TECHNOLOGY
18. Federal University of Technology Owerri 1980
19. Federal University of Technology Akure 1981
20. Federal University of Technology Minna 1982
21. Federal University of Technology Yola 1988
22. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi 1988
23.Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna 1985
UNIVERSITIES OF AGRICULTURE
24. University of Agriculture, Makurdi 1988
25. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 1988
26. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike 1992
27. Rivers State University of Science and Technology 1979
28. Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma 1980
29. Abia State University, Uturu 1981
30. Enugu State University of Science and Technology 1981
31. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye 1982
32. Lagos State University, Ojo 1983
33. University of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State 1988
34. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho 1990
35. Imo State University, Owerri 1992
36. Benue State University, Makurdi 1992
37. Delta State University, Abraka 1992
38. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko 1999
39. Kogi State University, Ayingba 1999
40. Kano State University of Technology, Wudil 2000
41. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki 2000
42. Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Uli 2000
43. Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Town 2000
44. Adamawa State University, Mubi 2002
45. Nassarawa State University, Keffi 2002
46. Cross River State University of Science and Tech., Calabar
47. Kaduna State University, Kaduna, 2004
48. Akwa – Ibom State University of Science and Technology 2004
49. Gombe State University, Gombe, 2005
50. Plateau State University, Plateau. 2005
51. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai Niger State 2005
52. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode Ogun State 2005
53. Babcock University, Abeokuta 1999
54. Madona University , Okija 1999
55. Igbinedion University , Okada 1999
56. Bowen University, Iwo 2001
57. Benson Idahosa University, Benin 2002
58. Pan-African University, Lagos 2002
59. Covenant University, Ota 2002
60. ABTI-American University, Yola 2003
61. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo 2005
62. Al – Hikmah University, Ilorin 2005
63. Bingham University, New Karu 2005
64. CARITAS University, Amaorjinike Enugu 2005
65. CETEP City University, Lagos 2005
66. University of Katsina, Katsina 2005
67. Redeemers University, Lagos 2005
68. City University, Ibadan 2005
69. Bells University of Technology, Otta, Ogun 2005
70. Crawford University, Igbesa Ogun 2005
71. Wukari Jubilee University, Wukari, Taraba 2005
72. Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun 2005
73. Novena University, Ogume, Delta 2005
74. Renaissance University, Enugu, Enugu 2005
75. University of Mkar, Mkar, Benue 2005
76. Joseph Ayo Babalola University 2006
INTER – UNIVERSITY CENTRES
77. Nigerian Arabic Language Village, Ngala
78. Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry Lagos
79. National Institute of Nigerian Languages, Aba
80. National Mathematical Centre
EXTRA UNIVERSITY CENTRE
81. Department of Agricultural Colleges, Zaria
madona has not even finished yet!Was that madona university named after the singer? :|
Btw, which is the best university in science and engineering in Nigeria? When i was there (in 90's) it was University of Ibadan followed by Bayero University of Kano.
Anyone knows the rankings now? both for nigeria and for West africa?