A 30 year old nigerian “Freeman osunuga” popularly know as the first Nigerian and African to travel to space.
The Medicine and Surgery graduate was selected through a programme called Rising Star at the widely-reported One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, to embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space.
He graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University and attended Adetola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode.
In an interview, Osonuga expressed his feeling at the prospect.
“I cannot wait to go to space. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. I f I do, I will be the first black African and Nigerian to be in space. That’s just a part of it. Succeeding would help me do more humanitarian work, to solve more problems/needs on a very large scale,”
“I also believe that going to space, considering my background, will inspire millions of African children from similar backgrounds to achieve their dreams. It will also put Nigeria in a positive light again and help change the world’s perception of Nigeria,” he said.
He also has a foundation, Heal the World Foundation Nigeria, which basically support children with disabilities, orphans and the less-privileged.
He was also a volunteer worker during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
“My advice for young people is to dream and dream big. You don’t owe anybody an apology to fulfil your dreams. Dream big, pursue it and give it your best shot,” he concluded.
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