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Meet Dr. Fadji Zaouna Maina, the First Nigerian Scientist to Join NASA 

Dr. Fadji Zaouna Maina — the first Nigerian scientist to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — has always had dreams of solving water problems in her hometown since the age of 10. Now, she will take on the entire world’s water crisis with data from NASA, reports Face2Face Africa. Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou has deemed the 29-year-old Zinder, Niger native as “a national pride, and a role model for the youth of Niger.” “I pushed the boundaries, I made it possible and I made a whole country proud,” said Dr. Maina. “The chances for a girl like me, born and raised in Zinder (Niger), to become a scientist at a well-known institution like NASA are almost zero.” Growing up in Zinder, she acknowledges that Niger’s water crisis is deteriorating due to climate change. Dr. Maina knows having tap water in her home gave her an edge over other children, especially girls who were tasked with searching for water from the lake or from neighbors. “People think...

Shanique Yates

Nov 27, 2020