Our history maker- Academics
In the Diaspora, many Nigerians are not only holding theirs, they are also excelling. From business to the academia, technology, medicine and the arts. But in the multitude of academic achievers, one Akwa Ibom woman stands out- ImeIme Umana, a history maker in an extraordinary moment. This proud daughter of Akwa Ibom smashed the academic records after she was elected the first black woman President of the Harvard Law Review on January 29, 2017, by the review’s 92 student editors. She joined former American President Barack Obama as the only other black person to be elected president of the 134-year-old student-run journal which has grown to become the most respected and circulated law journal in the world. She contested against 12 candidates, eight of whom were women and eight of whom were people of colour. Harvard Law Review is published every month from November to June.
Umana studied Government and African-American studies at Harvard, graduating in 2014. She holds graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as president of the Student Advisory Committee at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and was once described by the Department of African American Studies as “a brilliant joint concentrator (with Government).” She received a Hoopes Prize for her thesis on Racial Burden vs Electoral Integrity. Umana was also honoured the AAAS Peter Gomes Prize, which recognises social responsibility through public service.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a worthy daughter.