Tough As Nails: Female Scientists Rise Up In Nigeria

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015

Four hours. That’s how much time physicist Rabia Salihu Sa’id has each day to get her research done at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria.

“Each day, my university is giving me only four hours of electricity. I can’t do research in four hours!” Sa’id says, laughing, despite her frustration.

She studies how deforestation may change air temperatures in Nigeria. Computing power is essential for her research.

“Think! You are concentrating and the power goes off! You try to use the battery, and the battery starts beeping. Then you have to close it and leave,” she says. “The ideas are gone by the time you come back. It’s difficult — you have to start all over again.”

Read the full story on NPR: “Tough As Nails: Female Scientists Rise Up In Nigeria“, by Danielle Venton, 17 February, 2015