AUN Student, Mirian Fonkam, Shortlisted for Global Youth Video Award

AUN Student, Mirian Fonkam, Shortlisted for Global Youth Video Award

A video produced by Computer Science major, Mirian Fonkam, is in the lineup of the organizers of the UN 2019 Global Youth Video Competition.

This year's lineup has altogether 400 videos from around the world.

The judges named Ms. Fonkam's among the 20 videos in the category for nature-based solutions for food and human health.

According to a press release posted on the UN website, the first three winners will be expected to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, this December. Not only will the winning videos be screened in front of a global audience at the conference, but also the videographers will work with UN Climate Change's communications team, covering the highlights of the conference.

The Computer Science major and 2019/20 Hult Prize Campus Director made the video highlighting the medicinal benefits of the Brazilian flora and how using plant-based medicines can help preserve the world's plant biodiversity.

"The most beautiful thing in the world is diversity, diversity is hooded in my DNA,'' she said.

"This diversity is present in all of us starting from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the environment we live, the animals around us, and the people we relate with. The beauty of diversity is that varieties give us everything we have."

The video is now online on the tvebiomovies YouTube channel.

VP for University Relations, Dr. Abba Tahir, praise Mirian, saying, "I am profoundly excited about [her] great achievement. This is a heartwarming milestone for AUN and [her] family."

Meanwhile, Ms. Fonkam's initiative has been applauded by the Mayoral team of the city of Salvador, Brazil.

The team, which attended the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week held there, arranged a meeting with Mayor Gilberto Gil. Gil is the former Minister of Culture of Brazil and internationally renowned musician who sang in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio (2016).

Besides, the Governor of the State of Maranhão, Flavio Dino, shared the work on his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts and wrote about the relevance of this work.

Ms. Mirian, 20, whose father is Cameroonian and the mother Brazilian, says diversity has made her learn a lot of things around the world. Her dad, Dr. Mathias Fonkam, an erudite Computer Science professor and long-serving dean of SITC, has brought his wealth of academic and industry experience to transform SITC's program into the nation's leading choice for young Nigerians. Professor Fonkam was recently invited by the National Universities Commission to elaborate the Benchmark Academic Standards (BMASes) for Software Engineering, Cyber Security, IT and Information Systems leading to the creation of a new academic faculty of Computing within the Nigerian university system.  

Reported by Rofiat Adekunle, Serving Corps Member