Currently, hundreds of the students from the continent studying at nuclear universities in Russia have excellent educational and career opportunities in their countries and worldwide. Rosatom holds ambitious information and educational program all over the world, aimed at promoting Russian education and advanced nuclear technologies, including in non-energy sectors.
Two of the programs’ participants, Prince Asabi Boakye from Ghana and Bertha Mumba from Zambia, consider this project as an important step towards disseminating adequate knowledge about nuclear technologies in Africa. Prince has recently graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University and was among the speakers for the program. Bertha also graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute this July with nuclear energy engineer degree.
– What is the program about and why is it important for African students?
P.A.: – The program is about promoting nuclear education. This is to address the issue of poor power generation in some countries in Africa, like Ghana. The project helps African students to gain more knowledge to be implemented in their native countries.
Again, the program helps to connect with many people from different organizations and different universities as well. This gives us the chance of getting new ideas and possible future recommendations.
B.M.: – The program aims to promote nuclear education and technologies around the world, not just in Africa. For African students it’s a chance to learn more about nuclear power, meet and interact with amazing like-minded people from various countries and universities, and learn various real-world skills such as event planning, presentation skills, diplomatic skills (because you’ll be attending various conferences and going to universities to hold events), and social media skills (because it’s a very important part of the job).
– What is your personal story? Why did you decide to become part of the project?
P.A.: – My motive for leaving Ghana to study nuclear science was to get a variety of ideas. Hearing about this project made a good choice to get additional knowledge apart from the academic works. My first days at the academy were exciting and educative. This never stopped but gave a great knowledge to me as time went on.
B.M.: – I knew nothing about nuclear technology before coming to Russia; the only nuclear item I’ve known were nuclear bombs. When I heard about the news that Zambia had decided to go nuclear, I was concerned, and I had to do some research on the subject. That’s when I discovered that nuclear technology is much more than most people realize. I learned about nuclear energy while living in Zambia, but it wasn’t until I moved to Russia to study that I learned about various non-energy nuclear applications, such as agriculture, nuclear medicine, and other benefits including scientific research, transportation, water resources, and the environment.
Because I had no knowledge in the nuclear sphere, I believed that there must be someone in Zambia who is unaware of the benefits of nuclear technology. Due to taking part in this project, I am able to disseminate information about the nuclear in Zambia and encourage other individuals to get involved in this.
Why is it important to promote nuclear education in Africa?
P.A.: – Ghana in the past years has started to build up a lot of factories. Most of these factories need high electric power for operation. Nuclear energy has been the country’s choice. It is therefore prudent to promote nuclear education in order for it to be accepted by many citizens when the main project commences.
Statistically, according to the Energy Commission of Ghana, the installed generation capacity decreased by 2.2% in 2020 over the 2019 value of 5,172 MW, whereas peak demand increased by 10.2% in 2020 over the 2019 value of 2,804 MW. It is therefore reasonable to have a reliable source of energy to address this issue.
Again, nuclear is environmentally friendly. According to the IEA, the use of nuclear power has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 gigatonnes over the past 50 years. This has given me a good assurance to support the nuclear education for Africans. At least in some years to come, governments will not have to bear extra cost to curb global warming since CO2 emissions would be minimal.
B.M.: – Nuclear power is not a popular topic in Zambia; in fact, many people equate it with nuclear weapons, while others argue it is unsafe, and many are frightened about nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl. People should be aware that nuclear energy is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of energy, as it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions during electricity generation than traditional sources such as coal power plants. Nuclear power facilities have advanced in recent years as a result of tragedies such as Chernobyl, which served as a lesson, and numerous improvements have been made since then.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established in 1957 as a subsidiary of the United Nations with the mission of promoting peaceful applications of nuclear energy and ensuring that the “nuclear club” member countries do not divert nuclear materials for military purposes.
Thanks to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which established a framework for expanding access to peaceful applications of nuclear energy, such as nuclear power plants that may provide both electricity and jobs. Agricultural productivity is boosted by nuclear technology. In Africa, nuclear science also aids in the detection of animal diseases.
IAEA assists various countries in using nuclear technology to detect and cure cancer and other diseases. Early identification of Ebola in Africa is aided by nuclear tools. Scientists use nuclear technology to better study and handle environmental challenges such as climate change. It can also aid in the detection of contamination in marine waters and the fight against ocean acidification. These are some of the most important aspects of nuclear safety, as well as some of the advantages that people should be aware of. It is our responsibility as project participants to spread the word about these and other benefits so that as many people as possible are aware of them and no longer fear. These benefits can help to develop Africa in terms of health, energy, economy, etc.
What awaits foreign students who graduate from Russian universities?
P.A.: – Russia is recognized globally to be among the countries with one of the best technologies in nuclear. Student graduated from the universities in Russia are easily absorbed into the job market.
The most active project participants and students, who participate in additional activities and events, have more advantages in employment and may receive good references from universities and event organizers.
B.M.: – Since Russia is at the forefront of nuclear technology, a degree in nuclear engineering is likely to land you a job.
What recommendations can you give to future participants of the program?
P.A.: – Participants in the project are given wider knowledge about nuclear. We are trained in career objectives to make good choices. Also, we gain many free skills through their numerous programs organized.
Students who take part in such programs should, however, be willing to appropriately schedule their time so it does not conflict with their academic works. I strongly recommend that anyone who gets the chance should participate.
B.M.: – I recommend taking part in the academy’s events because you will learn a variety of real-world skills, such as the ones I described above. During events, ask questions to learn more about nuclear power and what it entails. Participate in group meetings, discuss ideas, and communicate with other participants. Never stop learning and having a good time.
 National Energy Statistics. April, 2020, p.16. [Electronic Resource].
 Nicole Jawerth (2020). What is the Clean Energy Transition and How Does Nuclear Power Fit In? [Electronic Resource]. URL: https://www.iaea.org/nuclear-power-and-the-clean-energy-transition/what-is-the-clean-energy-transition-and-how-does-nuclear-power-fit-in
Guinness Unfolds An Incredible Story Of Black Shines Brightest With Incredible Zigi
Guinness has, in a bid to tell compelling stories of pan African creatives, partnered with Afro and hip-hop Ghanaian dancer Incredible Zigi, for a campaign themed ‘Black Shines Brightest’.
‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century. This exciting new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African markets.
Incredible Zigi has been in the spotlight and worked with top-notch African musicians and record labels such as Mavin Records, P Square, Davido, Patoranking, Stonebowy, Shatta Wale, and a plethora of others.
Michael Amofa, popularly known as Incredible Zigi hails from the Eastern Region of Ghana and was born on the 17th of October. Incredible Zigi is one of the main pillars that have highly influenced the youth positively through dance.
Zigi has achieved quite a lot in his career as a dancer; He is the first Ghanaian Dance Artist to ever get featured on several articles including the famous Global Grind twice, booked in other countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Russia and UK respectively.
In telling the Black story, Zigi is partnering with Guinness to work with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways. These individuals will create moments, events and content to be enjoyed by everyone.
Look out for more details about how you can be a part of the new Black Shines Brightest campaign and find out about Bright House Bars that are popping up in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Also, look out for activities on Guinness Ghana social media channels – @GuinnessGhana.
Just like Incredible Zigi, Guinness is bursting with life. It is a flavourful and bold and dynamic beer, sparkling and brimming with energy and exuberance A beer that has brought a dash of magic to millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years with boldness and vision to live life to the full.
Juliet Bawuah Wins African Woman In Sport Award
The Group Head of Sports at Media General (TV3, 3FM, Onua FM, Onua TV, Connect FM, Akoma FM), Juliet Bawuah has won this year’s African Woman in Sport award at the GSport Awards.
Held in South Africa on Tuesday August 31, Juliet beat off competition from South African footballer Ode Fulutudilu and Violet Jubane, a Zimbabwean football administrator.
“Honoured to have won the Imperial African Woman in Sport award at last night’s GSport Awards in South Africa. This is a win for all African women in sport putting in effort to achieve their set goals. Big thanks to the jury and fans who voted @gsport4girls #gsport16 #SheOwnsHerSuccess,” she posted on Twitter.
The GSport Awards was founded in 2006 by South African Cricket Presenter Kass Naidoo to celebrate and promote African women in sport.
This year marked the award’s 16th edition.
The GSport recognition adds to a tall list of awards and nominations Juliet continues to receive. It is coming on the back of her recent nomination in the 2021 EMY Awards Young Achiever of the Year category.
Her other professional recognitions include: Video Short Feature Shortlist and Video Athlete Profile Shortlist, 2020 International Sport Press Association (AIPS) Awards. Previously, in the same scheme in 2019, she was Top Ranked Entrant (Number 1 work in Africa, 7th in the World – Video Short Feature category); Finalist, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2020, Ghana), Winner, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2019, Ghana), Winner, Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA), Sports Journalist (2019) and Finalist, Sports Media Pearl Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2015).
Prior to TV3, Juliet worked at CITI FM, ETV, Metro TV, Goal, CafOnline, Euronews’ sister station, Africanews. She is also a Contributor for Premier League TV, LA Liga TV, BBC, Aljazeera, and the Turkish broadcaster TRT.
Juliet is Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) trained and an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Her other professional affiliations cover Ballon d’Or (Women’s Category) – Member, Voting Jury, CAF African Footballer of the Year – Member, Voting Jury, FourFourTwo Awards – Member, Voting Jury, CAF Media Expert – Member, Panel, International Sports Journalists Association (AIPS) – Member, Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) – Member and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) – Member.
Juliet is Founder of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit, CEO of Sportted Ghana Limited, a boutique sports agency and also the immediate past Brand & Strategy Relations Manager at Ghana Premier League side Berekum Chelsea.
BBNaija: Biggie Serves The Ultimate Twist As Jackie B And Jay Paul Emerge Heads Of House
For this week’s Head of House (HoH) challenge, the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates were all gingered to bring their A-game after the triple eviction last Sunday night. In a shocking twist, Big Brother told the housemates that tonight’s HoH challenge and nomination process would be rolled into one.
The male and female to finish the fastest would become the ‘Heads’ of House and will share the lounge as well as receive joint immunity. At the end of the challenge, the other 15 housemates will be put up for possible eviction.
The first challenge required the housemates to drink whatever number they roll on the dice. The second challenge required the housemates to eat eggs soaked in a milky concoction before moving on to the next challenge. For challenge number three, the housemates had to enter the slimy pool and pick two keys, which they dropped in a bucket held by a skeleton. The fourth challenge required them to crawl slowly across a slippery path from one end to another. And for the fifth and final challenge, the housemates used a straw to transfer a reddish concoction into beakers.
Saga had the honour of starting the game, but luck wasn’t on his side as he didn’t find any of the keys. Nini took on the challenge, tried very hard not to puke and ended up without a key. WhiteMoney gave it his best but didn’t find a key as well. At the end of the grueling challenge, Jackie B and Jay Paul emerged winners of the double HoH whilst the rest of the housemates were automatically put up for possible eviction on Sunday, 5 September.
The voting lines opened on Monday at 8pm and will close on Thursday, 2nd September at 9pm.
Voting will be on the Africa Magic website and via the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps. Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.
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