AH Young Scholar of the month is Enobong Ebitu from Nigeria!
Enobong Ebitu is a post-graduate student at Swansea University, United Kingdom
Her research interests include Education, Renewable energy, Data analysis and Development economics. She has a BSc in Economics; and MSc in Economics and Finance (in-view). She is an awardee of the policy research grant by ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in 2020.
As a young scholar, Enobong aspires to complete her MSc degree and proceeding to a PhD. As a Researcher and Data Scientist, she has observed that Energy and Economic development in the African region is minimal. Her research looks for ways of maximising these in the African society. Her scholarly impact is felt as a Student Leader at Reaching Wider Wales, UK. She also selflessly volunteers as a Special Needs facilitator.
Enobong acknowledged that being a young female researcher has not been easy as it involves a lot of time and energy. Researchers have to spend more time learning and developing new research skills which can at times affect other parts of life like the social aspect and their relationships with others. She encourages researchers to work hard and still try to maintain other important parts of their life.
While elucidating on the challenges she faces, she explains:
“Being an international student has been stressful especially without friends and family around. I have had to make new friends and develop personal interests that make me happy when I am not working.”
Some of her extracurricular interests include making educating and motivating videos on her YouTube channel-Entastic TV. She also loves cooking and eating and refer to these activities as stress coping mechanisms.
To emerging young early-career researchers, Enobong shares the quote from Howard Thurman, The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman: A Visionary for Our Time
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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