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Emmanuelle Dankwa: 2018 Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa Awardee

Jun 01, 2018


The Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa are a piece of a more extensive geographic development of the global Rhodes Scholarships, and it is available to students from across Africa.

Emmanuelle Afaribea Dankwa, a First Class Honors graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Ghana, and beneficiary of the Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa 2018, avows that 'Inconceivable' isn't a reality yet a supposition; it is anything but a statement however a challenge and advice that everyone should treat the word inconceivable as motivation, because through her life's adventure she demonstrates to us that we are, to be sure, able to do substantially more than we might suspect, and that we can ascend despite seemingly insurmountable opposition and accomplish anything we set our minds to. 

 Emmanuelle after junior high furthered to Abuakwa State College (ABUSCO) for her senior high school education and proceeded to the University of Ghana where she was offered mathematics. She received awards such as the Prof. F.T. Sai prizes for ‘Best 200 Level Female Student’ in the Mathematical Sciences, ‘Best Graduating Female Student’ in Mathematics and ‘Best Graduating Female Student’ in Statistics.

While in the university, she saw that waste disposition was a real challenge for the institution so she came up with a solution of her own by founding a plastic waste recycling advocacy group, which not only enlightened the university community on the benefits of recycling waste but was actively involved in collection and removal of plastic waste from the university campus through a partnership with the local government and some plastic recycling firms. She was glad that her initiative contributed to lessening the school’s waste management burden and helped change the attitude of students and staff towards waste.

Emmanuelle caught wind of the Rhodes Scholarships through a friend—Robert Afulimi—about a month to the application deadline. In the wake of concentrate the necessities, she chose to send in an application despite the fact that it was shown that just a single victor would rise up out of West Africa. Following half a month, she got a message that she had been shortlisted for an online meeting. Before long, she got another email advising her that she had been shortlisted as a major aspect of fifteen possibilities for the last meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. She was joyful. That pivotal day—Saturday, 2 December 2017—when the victor was to be declared, she could for all intents and purposes hear her heart thumping. Afterwards she heard her name read out: she had been named Rhodes Scholar-Elect close by 24-year old Nigerian specialist, Toluwalase Awoyemi; she was totally overwhelmed!

Turning into a Rhodes Scholar implies being set on a noteworthy stage where she is engaged to influence an immense, positive to affect on the world. As one of the pioneer awardees of the Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa, it additionally implies setting a case and pioneering the trail for youngsters in the in the sub-region and beyond. She will be studying Statistical Science (EPSRC & MRC CDT) at Oxford. Aside from her adoration for Statistics due to its practicality, she chose to study this course because there is a growing need for expert data researchers and analysts who can make the most out of the increasing amounts of complex data that is generated in the world on a daily basis. Statistical techniques help in prediction and forecasting thus enabling proper decision-making and policy formulation in various spheres of endeavor. She is particularly interested in statistical epidemiology, where statistics is applied in the control and prevention of diseases. 

Over the next decade, Emmanuelle hopes to develop herself in an educating and research-related position in the field of statistics. Like the American poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, she discovered that on the off chance that one advances certainly toward his dreams, and tries to carry on with the life that he has envisioned, he will meet with a win startling in like manner hours. Along these lines, regardless of how huge and terrifying the dreams, or how inconceivable it appears, put it all on the line! It will take a considerable measure of diligent work and steadiness, yet the reward will be justified regardless of each forfeit. Get motivated and take the risk you require today! 

The Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa are part of a wider geographic expansion of the international Rhodes Scholarships, and it is open to students from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe, and Togo. Depending on the course of study, the total value of the scholarship could range from £50,000 to £60,000 per annum, with the average tenure for a Rhodes Scholar being three years. Application opens on 1st June 2018 for the 2019 Scholarships. Interested candidates are to apply online at

Source: pulse news

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