By: Temi Omotayo
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna an 18-year-old girl born in USA to Nigerian immigrant couple has been listed among the 30 under 30 best Energy best minds (2017) by Forbes magazine/ She was a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, Uwamanzu-Nna discovered that adding a nanoclay ingredient called attapulgite to cement slurries improves the undersea cement seals that keep offshore oil wells from leaking. She is the only African in the list.
This is not the first time the teenager will be in the news, she was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools like Harvard University, New York University, John Hopkins University,MIT, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last year .She opted for Harvard University where she is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science/Arts program.
Augusta’s parents, Tobias and Basillia Nna immigrated to the United States in 1994 and settled first in Indiana then New York City. They moved to Elmont in 2000. Tobias Nna has worked for various companies as a physical therapist. All four of their children were born in this country.
She has proven to the world that one can achieve one’s goal with hard work and determination.