40 Nigerians Under 40: Tosin Otitoju [21]

tosinOluwatosin Helen Otitoju is perhaps the most decorated young Nigerian her age. At a tender age of 14, she was already the head girl of Queens College Lagos. She had the second best Junior School Certificate results nationwide and became the overall best in the May/June 1996 Senior School Certificate Examinations. She went on to shatter records at Howard University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (First Class) in Electrical Engineering and becoming the first ever Howard graduate recipient of the Poincare Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology for postgraduate studies.

In 2004, she received a national award (FRM) from Nigerian government and two years later, she had a teaching stint in Yola, Adamawa State, and currently lectures at the department of Systems Engineering, University of Lagos. An Associate of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, she holds a Master’s degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from Caltech Theater Arts (2002-2006) as an actress in five full productions, including Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and As You Like It, and modern works. She has been actively involved in new Nigeria project of the Federal government representing the youths of this Country. Widely travelled Tosin is one lady for the future.

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