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A female student from Enugu state Ali Cynthia Chineche has passed her May/June 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with flying colours. The student set the record high after she made all A's in her nine subjects. Chineche’s teacher, Austin Chibulu , who was proud of his student’s achievement, took to Facebook to share her result to the world. In his post, Austin noted that he is very proud and happy to have taught a lady with great learning abilities and high intelligence. She attended  Shalom Academy Nsukka, Enugu State.

 

 

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Emeka-Egbuna Chinecherem and Joyce Onubogu both from Anambra State scored the highest results in Nigeria.


The National Common Entrance Examination [NCEE] Board has published the Entrance Exam Cut-Off Mark of Each State for the 2017/18 session and results for examination 2017. The examinations are for prospective students for secondary school education.


The results would be available in all the State Ministries of Education nationwide as well as NECO zonal offices.A total of 80,421 candidates registered for the examination but only 77, 512 candidates sat for the examination.The minister said the general analysis of the result showed that the highest score was 189 out of 200 scored by two candidates.The candidates are Emeka-Egbuna Chinecherem and Joyce Onubogu both from Anambra State while the least score was 4 scored by eight candidates.Mr. Adamu said Queens College, Yaba Lagos was one of the colleges with highest subscription of 5524, while the least subscribed college was FGGC, Monguno Borno State, with only 21 candidates.



Cut-Off Marks For All 36 States Of The Federation

State                               Male                        Female
Abia                                  65                               65
Adamawa                         40                               40
Akwa-Ibom                       63                                63
Anambra                           66                                66
Bauchi                               18                                 182
Benue                                60                                60
Borno                                33                                33
Cross-Rivers                    54                                 54
Delta                                  65                                65
Edo                                    63                                 63
Enugu                               65                                65
Imo                                    66                                66
Jigawa                               37                                 37
Kaduna                             52                                52
Kano                                 34                                34
Katsina                             37                                 37
Kebbi                                35                                35
Kogi                                  61                                 61
Kwara                               62                                 62
Lagos                                65                                 65
Niger                                49                                 49
Ogun                               65                                 65
Ondo                               64                                 64
Osun                               64                                 64
Oyo                                 63                                  63
Plateau                           52                                 52
Rivers                             62                                  62
Sokoto                           15                                   7
Taraba                            19                                   19
Yobe                               20                                  20
FCT-Abuja                    57                                   57
Bayelsa                          51                                   51
Ebonyi                           60                                  60
Ekiti                               62                                  62
Gombe                          37                                  37
Nassarawa                   42                                 42
Zamfara                        14                                  12

British Member of Parliament,  Chi (Chinyelu)  Onwurah,  has declared that she is not a Nigerian but British.  She made this declaration yesterday at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Literature ceremony. She was  was reacting on  Abike Dabiri Erewa’s  congratulatory message on her re-election;  Erewa is President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Nigerians in Diaspora.



Chi Onwurah is a British of Igbo ancestry, who was first elected on the platform of the Labour Party in Newcastle Central seat in the year 2010 and was recently relected.  Just like Chuka Umunna, she is biracial with an Igbo- Nigerian father and English mother. Onwurah was born 12 April 1965  in Wallsend, Newcastle.


Her ethnicity is Igbo , while the country of her Igbo father is Nigeria. She is a British citizen not Nigerian.



“After Chi was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1965, her family moved to Awka,Nigeria when she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Newcastle, whilst her father stayed on in the Biafran army.”


Despite Nigerian government eagerness  to claim Onwurah and her colleagues with  message of congratulations on  being elected,  She insisted  that she is British and not Nigerian.


She reminded Nigerian government :  "I was born in Wallsend, grew up on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton and went to Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering in London. I have lived in many different cities around the world, without ever for a moment forgetting where I am from: Newcastle. My values and beliefs were formed in Newcastle based on the people I grew up with and my own experiences."



Onwurah obtained her first degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and subsequently her MBA at Manchester Business School.


Professor Chukwuma Soludo, erstwhile  Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN  said  that by 2050  Nigeria’s economy will be ahead of France and the United Kingdom, UK.  He made this prediction yesterday at an event organised  by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos to celebrate  the 241 independence anniversary of the United States of America,


Soludo in his own words:
"So  if we get our acts together especial economically, Nigeria will by 2050 be ahead of France and the UK in terms of economy. But the big question is if we can get our acts together to begin. This is a responsibility for all Nigerians.”’  


Soludo acknowledged that “no country comes fully made; every country is a product of continuous struggle by the citizens to make a more perfect union. What creates a good society, in fact institutions don’t just emerge from heaven, and institutions are products of struggle.


The next Nigeria must be everything that the first Nigeria has not been and that is trying to be, in a process of creating a more perfect and prosperous nation. And I will dare to say a more united country trying to forge a nation out of the disparate nationalities. This won’t be easy because it will require a lot of dialogue, contestations but I think where there’s a will, there will always be a way. We already have the human and natural resources. “



Emeka Chiakwelu at AFRIPOL, said "Soludo maybe rightly optimistic with his liberal assertions. But Nigeria must start with small and realistic dreams . First and foremost feed your people and provide them with livable amenities before going to the moon."

RESULTS ARE coming in from  British Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central election, which can reveal that Labour’s Chi Onwurah has been re-elected.


Chi Onwurah is a British of  Igbo Nigerian ancestry, who was initially  elected on the platform of the Labour Party in Newcastle Central seat in the year 2010. Just like Chuka Umunna, she is biracial with an Igbo- Nigerian father and English mother. Onwurah was born 12 April 1965  in Wallsend, Newcastle.

Here are the results in full.


Chi Onwurah (Lab) 24,071 (64.89%, +9.88%)
Steve Kyte (C) 9,134 (24.62%, +5.73%)
Nick Cott (LD) 1,812 (4.88%, -1.44%)
David Muat (UKIP) 1,482 (4.00%, -10.87%)
Peter Thomson (Green) 595 (1.60%, -3.31%)
Lab maj 14,937 (40.27%)
2.07% swing C to Lab
Electorate 55,571; Turnout 37,094 (66.75%, +9.29%)
2015: Lab maj 12,673 (36.12%) - Turnout 35,085 (57.46%) Onwurah (Lab) 19,301 (55.01%); Kitchen (C) 6,628 (18.89%); Thompson (UKIP) 5,214 (14.86%); Cott (LD) 2,218 (6.32%); Johnson (Green) 1,724 (4.91%)

Chi Onwurah is election Labour Party MP for Newcastle

About Chi Onwurah -  In her qwn word


I was born in Wallsend, grew up on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton and went to Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering in London. I have lived in many different cities around the world, without ever for a moment forgetting where I am from: Newcastle. My values and beliefs were formed in Newcastle based on the people I grew up with and my own experiences.



My family
My maternal grandfather was a sheet metal worker in the shipyards of the Tyne during the depression. My mother grew up in poverty in Garth Heads on the quayside. In the fifties she married my father, a Nigerian student at Newcastle Medical School. In 1965 I was born, whilst they were living in Long Benton where my father had a dental practise. I was still a baby when my father took us to live in Awka, Anambra State , Nigeria. .But two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it and, as described vividly in an Evening Chronicle article in 1968, my mother, my brother and sister and I returned as refugees to Newcastle, whilst my father stayed on in the Biafran army.
This early experience of the impact of war on ordinary families left me with a strong sense of my own good fortune in living in a peaceful parliamentary democracy where it is possible to bring about change without taking up the gun or the sword. I am not a pacifist, I believe that our country is worth defending and fighting for. But we do live in a democracy and, increasingly, there are international institutions at the European and global level to enable us to pursue and defend our legitimate interests through debate and discussion.



My education
I benefited from a comprehensive, inspirational and free education for which I will always be grateful. I attended Hillsview nursery, infants and junior schools. A good start in a good school is critical in determining a child’s experience of education and the opportunities that it can bring. At Hillsview I learnt to enjoy learning, and to think that anything was possible. My mother made sure I understood how lucky I was to be able to walk two hundred yards to a great school when some children had to walk for hours to share a classroom with a hundred others.



At 11 I went to Kenton Comprehensive School. I studied for my O and A levels, but also played for our netball and hockey teams, had my first taste of public speaking and learnt to play the saxophone moderately badly. My education enabled me to hold my own with people from every walk of life, and to earn my living doing something I love, engineering. I want every child in Newcastle to have that opportunity. When I was 17 I was elected Kenton School’s MP in a mock election.



My working life
Newcastle’s great industrial past was my inspiration to become an engineer and I enjoyed a fulfilling career in engineering after I graduated from Imperial College in 1987. I worked in hardware and software development, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of mainly private sector companies in a number of different countries – UK, France, US, Nigeria, Denmark..During this time I also studied for an MBA from Manchester Business School and gained Chartered Engineering status. As an engineer I specialised in building out infrastructure in new markets and standardising wholesale Ethernet access. My last role before entering parliament was as head of Telecoms Technology for Ofcom the Communications Regulator



My interests
I have always campaigned for the causes I believed in. As a student I campaigned against the Federation of Conservative Students at Imperial College. Later I was very active in the Anti Apartheid Movement, and spent many years on its National Executive, and that of its successor organisation, ACTSA. Anti apartheid was one of the most successful popular movements ever and undermines the claims of those that believe real people are never interested in politics. People are interested in the politics that matters to them. Before being selected as Labour’s candidate for Newcastle I was on the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School, reflecting my belief in educational opportunity at every stage in life and for every level of ability.
Outside of politics and work I enjoy music, reading and long walks in the countryside.

"Iam proud to be an Igbo"


A Nigerian American super student,  Ifeoma Thorpe  -   17-year-old New Jersey teenager, has been accepted by all eight Ivy League schools this year — Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. Ifeoma and her parents were immigrants living in New Jersey USA and they were originally from South east Nigeria.

Ifeoma won’t officially graduate from Morris Hills High School until June, and as of now she isn’t quite sure which school she’ll choose. The high school senior recently told ABC NY, “I got into Harvard early action so I figured I’ll just go there, so then I got into all the others and I was like, wait now I don’t know where I want to go.”

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"I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said 'Congratulations' and I was like oh my goodness!" Ifeoma  told CNN affiliate WABC-TV.


Ifeoma Hopes to Become a Cardiologist One Day


She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. Since all of the Ivy League schools "have great research facilities," she decided to apply to them all.

She is also Winner of SELMA Speech and Essay Contest

The winners of the National Liberty Museum’s SELMA Speech and Essay Contest, supported by the John Templeton Foundation in partnership with Paramount Pictures, were announced on April 21, 2015. In the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, the top prize was awarded jointly to two teens, who each received the $5,000 Grand Prize at a ceremony in Philadelphia. The ceremony included a keynote speech from former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, an original Selma marcher and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Students getting into all of the Ivies is a monumental feat, but it's happened to a handful of teens over the past couple of years -- Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles last year.

The  Nigerian Man Who Developed Cancer goggles That Makes Cancer Treatment Easier

 

Samuel Achilefu, PhD is a Nigerian-born Professor of Radiography and Biomedical engineering at Washington University.  Achilefu  and his team developed cancer goggles that aided  surgeons  to see clearly  and remove cancer cells.


When dye is injected into a patient’s tumor, cancerous cells glow when viewed with the goggles and infrared light. The technology, which awaits further testing, has been used successfully on patients to ensure no stray tumor cells remain after surgery. 


Achilefu, who was installed Jan. 28 as the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, also is a Siteman Cancer Center research member. He and his wife, Nnena, have been married 21 years. They have a daughter, Chisara, 19, who attends Washington University, and son, Kelechi, 16. 
Achilefu won the prestigious  St. Louis Award for his cancer-seeing glasses. Achilefu, 53, discussed his journey from childhood to the development of his cancer-seeing goggles, to what he hopes is yet to come.

 


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Tell us about your youth


I was born in northern Nigeria in the 1960s to Igbo parents. My dad worked in hospitals and clinics in the northern part of Nigeria until the civil war broke out in 1967. I was only 4 or 5 at the time. We had to migrate from the north to our ancestral home in the east, where our tribe, called the Igbos, live. That’s where we stayed until the civil war ended in 1970.



As a young boy, what did you think of that experience?


You just wondered why you went from having everything to having almost nothing. Fortunately, my uncle housed us and made us comfortable when we migrated back like refugees. It felt weird to go from having a house with a room you call your own to having to share with many people. After about a year, my dad built a house where we settled.



How have your cultural and familial traditions influenced you?


Respect for elders is supreme. We don’t call them by their first names; you have to use a courtesy title. Another tradition I appreciate is the belief that hard work pays off. Nobody’s going to care for you unless you take a step forward on your own. Community service is a virtue I cherish.




You’re a prolific researcher and academic writer. Perhaps that’s another way your culture has influenced you?


My dad was a model for that. I wish he were still alive today. Every day at 5 o’clock he was up. He would do prayer with the family, then do household chores before leaving for work. When he came back, he made sure everybody had their homework done. He was either reading or listening to news or writing. He was the epitome of a smart and hard worker. It was in his DNA. He had an incredible passion for learning. With limited resources, his mom struggled to put him through elementary school in an era when strong and brave youngsters like him were strongly encouraged to hunt and farm. My mom also worked hard. She anchored the family, instilling self-discipline and ethical standards in our lives.




Yes, your mother came from Nigeria last year when you received the St. Louis Award, a recognition of the positive reflection your achievements have had on the community.


Her visit brightened my day when I received the award. During my childhood, my mom carried the burden of raising me. The civil war separated my dad and mom geographically for about 18 months. My mom didn’t know if my dad and elder siblings were alive or dead. It was a terrifying time. She showed strength. We knew she was dying inside, but she never showed weakness by worrying aloud where my dad was or when he would come back. My heart melted when I saw her crying profusely one day. We were dislodged from our home in the east because the area became a war front. We walked for days, trying to find safety somewhere and sleeping in public camps like refugees. She then saw a relative with his entire family in the same camp. That was when she broke down in tears – “Where is my husband and other kids?” God bless her. I’m glad she stayed strong for us.



After the war ended, what was life like for your family?


Many families lost loved ones in the war. We didn’t, and we were grateful for this outcome. As a child, I was aware of the dangers of booby traps everywhere and that a simple trip to the store could be your last. Our family came back together intact. It was a huge relief for me. My dad was big on education. He wanted to make sure we continued with school. The war delayed everyone by a number of years. I was one of the few fortunate students allowed to jump classes based on performance so I could catch up to where I belonged. What are some other memories?




What are some other memories?


We had to make our own toys, which I enjoyed. I also loved the folk stories we heard, playing at night under moonlight, experiencing community life, and learning my native Ibo language. If there is a silver lining at all, the civil war provided me the opportunity to live in a village setting for three years, appreciate the opportunities I have today, and realize that nothing is permanent. I also learned how artistic people can be. They were able to create something out of nothing – baskets from trees and fans from small nylon fibers.





What was your path forward?


I was very fortunate. After attending college in Nigeria, I was one of five Nigerians who received a French government scholarship to attend graduate school in France, where I received a PhD in molecular and materials chemistry at the University of Nancy.





How did radiology enter your plans?


Imaging science was not part of my career plan, which is why I tell our graduate students that a PhD is a license to explore new frontiers in research and teaching. Your initial training is not a confining factor. A PhD represents a higher calling. It’s a doctor of philosophy because we are all philosophers. The training empowers you to believe you can find solutions to larger questions. Imaging wasn’t in the picture when I did my postdoctoral training at Oxford University in England, either. I trained in the interface between chemistry and hematology, working on developing blood substitutes. The research focused on applying some concepts from my graduate training to design and develop molecules that could efficiently trap and selectively release oxygen for use as blood substitutes in critical-care settings.




What convinced you to come?


First, loyalty – my mentor was so nice to me I couldn’t say no – and then an incredible opportunity. Working in the Discovery Research Department was like working at a university without having to write grant proposals. Naturally, I did not want to move from academia to industry, but my seven-year span there provided me a wealth of unique experiences that have guided my research in academia today. You’ve said your cancer goggles were partially inspired by tracers on cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf War. Talk about how past experiences can spark a potential solution for a seemingly unrelated problem.


I approach scientific problems by framing them into testable hypotheses. Then I explore different approaches to solve the problem. If additional expertise is needed, I search for the best collaborators to fill the gap. We then design the best experimental method to address the question, guided by our hypothesis. This strategy is not confining; it can be applied in diverse areas of life endeavors. Washington University is a great place for idea incubation and collaboration, opening doors to applying known concepts to new areas of research.


What else are you working on?


I want to play a role in eradicating cancer or making it a manageable disease. Toward this goal, we have developed a new approach to kill cancer cells, independent of the cancer type. There is a method of killing cancer with light – photodynamic therapy. People use it to treat superficial cancers, such as skin cancer, because the cancer has to be reachable by light to activate a light-sensitive drug. Or you can use an endoscope to introduce light to activate and kill cancer cells inside the body. We’ve discovered a new approach of using existing radiopharmaceuticals to create a light source within the tumor cells. The light stimulates the light-sensitive drug in cancer cells, converting them into highly toxic drugs. Meanwhile, negative effects on neighboring healthy tissue are minimized. We have tested this concept with success in animal models of cancer and plan to move into human studies in future.



What nonscientific interests are on your to-do list?


Looking back at my childhood, I remember seeing some exceptionally smart kids in the village school I attended during the Nigerian civil war. But they never had the opportunity to move forward. Can you imagine what the world would look like if they had the opportunity to fulfill their dreams? This thought has haunted me through my adult life. My dad sponsored many students when he was alive. I would like to do the same for college students, but in a different way. I envision creating an institute for global innovation in education and training, with talent searches for smart kids in low-resource areas of the world playing a central role. Depending on resources, a specified number of these kids will be identified yearly for comprehensive training and support through college. Regional centers will allow us to work directly with the locals. I also would like to inspire young ones to attain greater heights. I am sure these events will keep me busy through life!

 

credit:  Washington University

February 10, 2017       Washington, DC

Ex-President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Meets with the “Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NAL Council)”, in Washington, DC



On Thursday February 2, 2017, Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, met with executives of the Washington-based NAL Council at the US Congress, Washington, DC.


Dr. Jonathan was in Washington to address members of the US Congress’s Africa Sub-Committee/Foreign Affairs Committee, Chaired by US Congressman Chris Smith.  Dr. Jonathan seized the opportunity to apprise US policy-makers and the NAL Council on the current state of affairs in Nigeria; his interest in maintaining political stability in the country; and a brief account of his stewardship and achievements while in office.



The meeting was facilitated by the Africa Sub-Committee at the US Congress.  The Congressional Africa Sub-Committee saw the need for Dr. Jonathan’s additional interaction with the NAL Council as an opportunity, for a frank exchange of ideas, between one of the most influential policy-advisory organizations in the US-Nigeria & Sub-Saharan Africa policy space; and one of Africa’s emerging leading Statesmen, in the guise of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. 




It is anticipated that the closed-door exchange will spur plausible solutions for Nigeria’s ongoing political and economic crisis. 



In his brief, Dr. Jonathan outlined some of his numerous achievements in office, including substantial attempts to alleviate poverty in Northern Nigeria, while keeping the peace in the Niger Delta; through the establishment of educational and skills acquisition centers in Northern Nigeria, among other laudable initiatives.



In his response, the Executive Director of NAL Council, Mr. Okey Mbonu, applauded Dr. Jonathan’s achievements while in office.  Mbonu praised Dr. Jonathans unquestionable commitment to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, by being the first democratically elected president to concede power to an opposition party in Africa’s largest democracy. 



Mr. Mbonu advised the former President on the Council’s non-partisan approach to its work, which included assisting to craft US Policy towards Nigeria, and Sub-Saharan Africa, in the interest of both Nigeria and the United States.  Mr. Mbonu further maintained that the Council’s work transcends partisan affiliations, with the ultimate goal of facilitating a mutually beneficial relationship between the US and Nigeria.



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Nigerian immigrants in America have its largest population in Houston, Texas and that is where the super bowl 2017 is taking place.  And the son of Nigerian immigrant, Martin Ndubuisi Ifedi will be playing in the super bowl representing Houston, his city of birth, Nigeria and Africa.



One can say without equivocation that the most important date in the National football league (NFL) calendar is the boisterous super bowl. “The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the world. The game is the culmination to a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year.”  More than 100 million people around the world are expected to watch super bowl game.



Houston (Tx) Westside and University of Memphis graduate “Martin Ifedi will experience a football player's dream Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium, representing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, less than 20 miles from his alma mater,” playing against energetic New England patriots.



“A defensive end, Martin has competed against the league's leading offense in practice and contributed to a six-game winning streak. The Falcons won the NFC with an 11-5 record and defeated Seattle and Green Bay, the latter 44-21 in the NFC championship game. Atlanta reached its second Super Bowl, including a 1999 loss to the Denver Broncos.”




“Martin was drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015, a seventh-round pick from Memphis. He holds the Tigers' career sack record with 22 ½, highlighted by a junior season of 11 ½ sacks and 14 ½ tackles for loss and all-American Athletic Conference honors in 2013 and 2014.






He contributed to a one-season improvement from 3-9 to 10-3 by his senior year. Off the field, Martin was an all-academic selection, Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee and winner of Memphis' Zach Curlin Award, given to the school's top male student-athlete. Martin played during preseason games with the Rams and later spent time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad. Prior to being signed by the Falcons, he was back at Westside between holiday breaks offering advice to Wolves players.”  (Houston Chronicle)



During his college days, playing as University of Memphis defensive end, Martin was named to   Lombardi Award watch list in 2014. And being in super bowl is a result of his vim athleticism and God watching over him.


Germain Ifedi Ifedi Family of Umuoji, Anambra State



Martin Ifedi is not the only Ifedi in NFL, his younger brother Germain Ifedi made the first round pick of the American National Football League (NFL) 2016 and was drafted by Seahawk Seattle. Their parents Ben and Victoria Ifedi are immigrants from Umuoji, Anambra State, Nigeria.



Image result for emeka chiakweluEmeka Chiakwelu is the Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning, including tagteam Harvard Education. www.afripol.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Credits: Houston Chronicle, wikipedia. Afripo

Prince Harry may be a British royal, but he feels most at home at a location a little further south.



That place is Africa, a continent Harry has traveled to (and worked in) multiple times over the past 20 years. His first visit came just after his mother’s death in 1997, when his father, Prince Charles, took him and his brother, Prince William, to clear their heads after tragedy. Now, he makes the trek annually.



“My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags—we were going to Africa to get away from it all,” he told Town & Country in their February cover story. “My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate nature and everything about it. This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.”



His most recent trip to Africa came this past August, when he visited Malawi to participate in the 500 Elephants relocation project with non-profit conservation group Africa Parks. Town & Country documented Harry’s time in Malawi over six days of his three week trip in the thick of the animals’ migration — one of the largest human-led relocations in history.




The 500 elephants and 2,000 other animals — a mixture of buffaloes, zebras, warthogs and others — were relocated from an area where they’re in high supply to another park, Nkhotakota, where the population has diminished due to poaching.



Harry became acquainted with African Parks in the summer of 2015, but this is his first time working with them on-site. The organization works not only with animal conservation, but with preserving Africa’s wildlife habitats — many of which cannot be sustained without a wildlife population.



“I completely fell in love with African Parks, because they get things done,” he said. “They make tough decisions, and they stick to principles.”



In the group, Harry is just one of the crew — people even address him as such, by his first name! He sleeps in the same tents, and wakes up with the sun like the rest of them.




“I love spending time with these guys,” he told T&C of the experience. “Night after night, chewing the fat around the fire, about the pros and cons of the legalization of rhino horn, or the historic migratory paths of elephants, or the population explosion on the African continent. And also conservation back home, which is hugely important.”




Harry’s passion for conservation isn’t the only thing that keeps him coming back to Africa. He says when he’s there, his mood shifts, his worries float away — in particular, due to the anonymity he’s able to have there.




“I wish I could spend more time in Africa,” he said. “I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognized, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature… I talk to them about their jobs, about what they do. And I learn so much.”
And of course, he takes what he does in Africa and brings it back to Britian, too.


“I go home and bang the drum. So that we can all try to make a difference.”

 

 

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