In this study, we take a look at Careerchoices among Nigerian Students and thepossibility of having another NobelLaureate Wole Soyinka Nigeria only Nobel Prize Winner (Literature – 1986)
About the Nobel PrizesEvery year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awardedfor achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology orMedicine, Literature and for Peace. The Nobel Prize is aninternational award administered by the NobelFoundation in Stockholm, Sweden.In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The SverigesRiksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory ofAlfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prizeconsists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cashaward.
A definite pointer to the possibility of an individualwinning the Nobel prize in Physics, Chemistry,Medicine, Literature and Economics Sciences istheir course of Study whose data can be inferredfrom the UTME 2011 and 2012 applicants’ choice ofcareers.Statistics of applicants who made Physics,Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics astheir first choice would be analyzed, to see if thereexist any pattern and possibility of Nigeria havinganother Nobel Laureate in any of the above fields.
Applicants’ Career Choices in UTME 2011120,000 117,158 98,903100,000 80,000 60,000 46,556 40,000 20,000 14,514 1,231 - Chemistry Economics Literature Medicine / Physiology Physics
Applicants’ Career Choices in UTME 2012120,000 118,624 106,372100,000 80,000 60,000 47,783 40,000 27,580 20,000 6,526 - Chemistry Economics Literature Medicine / Physiology Physics
Applicants’ Career Choices in UTME 2011 & 2012120,000 117,158 118,624 106,372 98,903100,000 80,000 60,000 46,556 47,783 40,000 27,580 20,000 14,514 6,526 1,231 - Chemistry Economics Literature Medicine / Physiology Physics
From the Data, it can be deduced that: There is a growing interest in CLEMP Medicine/Physiology & Economics are the two most sought after among CLEMP Medicine/Physiology had the least growth rate of 1.25% between 2011 and 2012 There seem to be a huge interest in Physics as it experienced a 430.14% growth rate between 2011 and 2012 It is also good to know that less than 5% of Medicine/Physiology applicants are likely to be admitted as the Universities have limited carrying capacity CLEMP – Chemistry, Literature, Economics, Medicine & Physics
The only Nigerian Nobel Prize winneris Professor Wole Soyinka, which hewon in 1986.26years after no Nigerian has come close to winingany of CLEMP, even Peace, for obvious reasons thatour institutions are far below their counterparts inother parts of the world as well as poor funding ofEducation by the Government.Beside Nigeria, other countries in Africa with NobelPrize winners are Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia,Nigeria and South Africa.
Africa Countries & Nobel Prize Physiology/ GrandCountry Chemistry Literature Peace Award Year Medicine Total 2003, 2002, 1993,South Africa 2 4 3 9 1993, 1991, 1984, 1979, 1960, 1951 2005, 1999, 1988,Egypt 1 1 2 4 1978Ghana 1 1 2001Kenya 1 1 2004Liberia 2 2 2011, 2011Nigeria 1 1 1986Grand Total 1 4 10 3 18 No African country has won the Prize in Economics & Physics Except Nigeria, others have won in Peace Peace prize represents about 56% of the total awards Wole Soyinka won for Literature (1986), the first in Africa Japan has won more Prizes than the Africa continent The US alone has over 330 Nobel Prize winners
Definitely, Nigeria and Nigerians can dream…of someday producing someNobel Laureate prize winners in Chemistry,Physics, Economics, Medicine/Physiology, Literature and Peace It’s like a Dream, may be I will wake up to find out is true!