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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 



Lagos State University | Lagos, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 2


" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I strongly believe in taking a collaborative approach to whatever I do and more so, giving back and volunteering is a significant part of my own personal values. So seeing the mission and vision of MCN, I can clearly see how my goals align with the purposes of the Millennium Fellowship. There's nothing I love more than when I am working with other engaged individuals towards a common goal, and that's what excited me more about this fellowship. The fellowship will help me in creating a strategic plan and also in honing both my soft and hard skills to make a difference in my community. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Data Science for Impact

Data science is one of the emerging technologies that shaping and changing the
world. Its full potential hasn't been reached yet and its capabilities and power is endless

Data Science for Impact is an idea founded on three core values; (1) creating awareness (2) providing training platforms (3) building strong network and relationships. To this end this project is aimed at creating massive awareness about this boundless opportunities and benefits of data science, then moving further in training them and connecting them to local, national and international communities to fast track their development. The project has developed the capacity building of over 1000 students in Lagos, Nigeria for free. The project which focuses on training data scientist and helps to create a thriving community of data scientist will have 2 physical training and 4 online training sessions.

About the Millennium Fellow

Zafrullah Lamina is final year chemical student who is highly driven and passionate about social impact and justice. During Covid19 pandemic he raised money to feed over 300 vulnerable people who were suffering as a result of the pandemic. Zaf, as he is fondly called by his peers and colleagues, is a selfless and visionary leader who loves trying new things, creating new methods and introducing new ideas. As the president of a student association, he initiated a leadership training program geared towards accelerating the participant's careers and improving their skills and capabilities. Over 1000 youths are benefiting from the program. Zaf is a co-founder of Tough Girls Tough Women, a non-profit organization championing the next generation of female leaders through mentoring, training and advocacy. He has helped bring about social change and impacted the lives of many in his community through organizing different social development programs such as capacity building seminars, the dignity of labour, stop the crime campaigns, and medical camps where hundreds of people irrespective of age, gender, race or creed receive free medical consultation, test and drugs. As an innovative and technology leader he has attended and co-organize different tech training and boot camps.

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