Why there is Lack of Scientific Curiosity in Africa

Curiosity is a fundamental human trait but the object and degree of that curiosity is different depending on the person and the situation.  This according to Astrophysicist and author of Why? What Makes Us Curious, Mario Livio, is determined by both nature and nurture. Generally, curiosity is well-expressed in all children but tends to decrease… Read More Why there is Lack of Scientific Curiosity in Africa

Science Has the Power to Boost Agriculture in Africa

The agricultural sector is the world’s largest single employer. It provides jobs for more than 40% of the global population. It’s also the largest source of income and jobs for poor, rural households. It is, by and large, a successful sector. There have been huge improvements in yields and food production over the past five… Read More Science Has the Power to Boost Agriculture in Africa

​How Africa Led the World in Science and Technology

“When Europeans first came to Africa, they considered the architecture very disorganized and thus primitive. It never occurred to them that the Africans might have been using a form of mathematics that they hadn’t even discovered yet.” Africa has the world’s oldest record of human technological achievement: the oldest stone tools in the world and… Read More ​How Africa Led the World in Science and Technology

The general attitude towards science and the usage of the word ‘scientist’ in Nigeria

In Nigeria, if you call yourself a scientist you are scolded. You are quickly attacked with questions like “you call yourself a scientist what have you discovered?” but the irony is that you hardly get this question if you call yourself a chemist, biologist, physicist or mathematician, probably only because they think you are only… Read More The general attitude towards science and the usage of the word ‘scientist’ in Nigeria

Scientific Research and Brain Drain in Africa

When it comes to scientific research and innovation, Africa is a global laggard. The continent contributes a paltry 1% of the world’s research output, a far cry from its position as the world’s second most populated continent. Much of this problem is compounded by low-quality educational curricula, not to mention global funding that is skewed towards health… Read More Scientific Research and Brain Drain in Africa