I Want to Tell You About Myself as I Ask You to Join Me in this Journey

As we join hands in this journey of empowering less-privileged people and advancing knowledge and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), I would like to tell you a few things about myself.

I am Dr. Rabia Salihu Sa’id, an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. I was first employed as a Graduate Assistant on 15th September 1999; one of first two females to ever have been employed by the Department of Physics in the history of Bayero University, Kano, twenty years after it became a full-fledged university in 1977. I was the Deputy Dean (female) at the Student Affairs Division of the university from 2012-2016.

Employment and Work Experience

My work involves lecturing and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as research in the field of Atmospheric Physics. I also have an interest in Space weather and upper atmosphere physics and have supervised masters’ level students in these fields. I have supervised final year undergraduate projects since 2005 with a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of 10 projects per session. I have also supervised several Masters Students since 2010 and I am currently supervising a PhD student. I am also currently one of the Faculty of Physical Sciences’ congregation representatives to the Senate of Bayero University to serve for two years from 2016. In addition, I am University congregation representative to the Students’ Welfare Board.


I obtained my PhD in Physics from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. I hold a MSc and BSc in Physics from the same university. I also obtained a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom; a study that I undertook with a fellowship from the Ford Foundation in 2002. I also have the following: certificate in Democratic Leadership from the Africa Leadership Forum in Ota, Ogun State Nigeria, certificate of Social Justice from the International Leadership Institute in the Netherlands and a certificate in Renewable Energy, Resource Assessment, Data processing, Feasibility studies, Policy management, Design and Applications from the Renewable Energy Research and Development Centre (RERDEC) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Research and Collaboration

I spent four months in 2010 (January to April) at the institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland as a visiting research scientist, working with the renowned scientist in terrestrial and atmospheric remote sensing, Prof (Dr.) C. Matzler.

Prizes, Awards and Recognition

I am one of the winners of the TWAS/OWSD/Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World in 2015.

I received Kano State Ministry of Science and Technology Award for contribution to the promotion of Science and Technology in Kano State (March, 2015) and Women in Physics Award for Exemplary Representation, June, 2016.  I featured as a woman champion by British Council Nigeria on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2015. I was featured in Nature (The international Weekly Journal of Science) and in the BBC Radio Program: Discovery Science. I was also listed on the BBC 100 inspirational women of 2015. I have received travel grant from the Women Working Group (WWG) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) on two occasions

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am a member of several professional organizations: Nigerian Women in Physics (NWIP), Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD), The Nigerian Geophysical Society (NGS), The African Geophysical Society (AGS), The Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics (NAMP), Nigeria Institute of Physics (NIP), Graduate Women International (GWI) and Association of African Women in Geosciences.

Voluntary and Community Work

I am a volunteer for several non-governmental organizations including the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF), where I volunteer as a grant previewer since 2010. This year I have been nominated to be a delegate and representative of VGIF at the 62nd Meeting of the UN Commission on the status of Women, which will take place in New York from 12-23 March, 2018. I am a mentor of girls and boys in the STEM field and volunteer in this regard with the Visiola Foundation, Nigeria and the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF/ICEADA) Young Women Mentors Program. I am passionate about the environment and Climate Change and also volunteer in this regard with the African Climate Change Research Centre (ACCREC); a UN Climate Observer Organization. I attended the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP23), which took place in Bonn, Germany from 6-17, November, 2017. I am a trained facilitator for the British Council Active Citizens’ Programme; run by the British Council with civil society organizations and universities all over the world to empower youths to engage peacefully and effectively with others for sustainable development of their communities.

What I am Asking of You

I ask that you kindly join my blog by following it. Visit often and drop any comments and suggestions you may have. I will surely appreciate your ideas.

Thank you so much.

Dr. Rabia Salihu Sa'id 

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  1. Very impressive and inspiring. I wish many young ladies (black and white) would read this and know they can become anything they dream about. I wish you the best in your endeavors.

    1. Thank you so much. I am further inspired by your comments. I would be grateful for your support to help spread about the blog

  2. Thanks Ms. Videbeck for inviting me here. What a great, inspiring lady from Africa, my motherland. Yes, We Can!

  3. More grease to ur elbow mama, Allah yakara basira.

  4. I read about you via google and was really inspired by your determination to pursue higher education even at that age.


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