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Meet Wendy Okolo, first black woman to bag a PhD in aerospace engineering.

Nigerians are celebrating their own genius in the person of Dr Wendy Okolo

  • Dr Okolo is the first black woman to bag a PhD in Aerospace Engineering
  • She and other Nigerians are making the country proud with their contributions to the international organisations they find themselves

The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has celebrated Dr Wendy Okolo, who is the first black woman to bag a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. The Nigerian-born woman bagged her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Dr Okolo, who was born to a family of six has taken off her career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a United States agency responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

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According to her biography on NASA, she achieved both her bachelors degree and doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015 respectively. She was only 26 when she became the first black woman to get a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Okolo who studied at the university between 2010 and 2015 was recognised for her great strides after graduating from the school. In other news, a Nigerian man identified as Adewale Adeniyi has inspired many people on LinkedIn with his grass to grace story. Adeniyi said he worked as a roadside mechanic for six months without being paid during his undergraduate years at the higher institution where he studied engineering.

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