Top science award for Rhodes professor
Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University has been honoured with an award by the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards, along with nearly R1.6 million in prize money. The ceremony took place last night at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. The awards honour outstanding African scientists for their achievements and discoveries.
“Her research outputs are among the highest of any individual on the continent, and her contribution to the scholarly reputation of African scholarship is immense,” said Rhodes University in a statement.
“Professor Nyokong’s research contributes significantly to areas of social and economic importance to Africa and the world, and has made her an international name in scientific circles.
“She has been responsible for strides made towards the effective treatment of cancer through her contributions to photodynamic therapy, and she has contributed influentially to the fabrication of sensors for various environmentally, biologically and medically important molecules.”
In a statement, Nyokong said it was a huge honour for her to be recognised by the AU and to receive the award in the presence of esteemed African leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, during the opening session of the AU Summit on Wednesday.
“Research at Rhodes is of a high standard and globally recognised, but I am not sure how much the African continent knows what we do. This award will be my gateway to the rest of the continent,” she said.
Professor Tebello Nyokong works in medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology