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Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by GboyegaD(m): 10:59am On Oct 29, 2017
Congrats to one of the hardworking young men in our generation. I hope this motivates those who are hoping to achieve great feats in their fields of life.

Femi ASU with agency report




A 34- year - old Nigerian , Mr. Cornelius Adewale , who went to the United States with just enough money for a semester of classes in organic agriculture , has won the Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize for his leadership role in developing an app and web tool that can measure a farm ’ s carbon footprint and help farmers reduce the impact of that footprint.

Adewale , who graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University , is now studying at the Washington State University , Pullman , where he is planning a phone app to help farmers grow more crops .

In 2011 , Adewale moved to Pullman with $ 6 , 000 in his pocket ― money he ’ d earned from the vegetable harvest at his farm in southwest Nigeria . It was just enough to pay for the first semester of classes in organic agriculture at WSU , according to The Seattle Times .

Six years later , Adewale is a PhD candidate at WSU and a member of the board of directors of Washington ’ s Tilth Alliance.

On Monday , he will accept the Seattle Bullitt Foundation ’ s annual environmental prize ― a $ 100 , 000 award for graduate students pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field .

Adewale plans to use the money to build a phone app that will help Nigerian farmers grow more crops, using fewer resources , with a lighter touch on the planet.

The app will be a portal to research and information about organic farming specific to Nigeria ’ s climate . And farmers will be able to measure the quantity of organic matter in their soil just by taking a picture of it , using their phones .

“ Cornelius just had a magnetism and energy and charm that made him irresistible , ” said Denis Hayes , president and Chief Executive Officer of the Bullitt Foundation . “ He came with rave recommendations from his professors, who believe he can be a transformational force in agriculture . ”

For the past two years, Adewale has been working with a team of students at WSU to create a web- based tool that helps Washington farmers measure their carbon footprint, and gives them ideas for how they can reduce that footprint by adjusting the way they farm .

“ The thing that is really unique and wonderful about Cornelius is his humility ― he really relates to everyone as individuals, ” said Lynne Carpenter- Boggs , an associate professor in WSU ’ s department of crop and soil sciences . “ He’ s there to help, but in a way that’ s about empowering the individuals, not telling people what to do … he truly is a natural leader. ”

Adewale found WSU ’ s organic agriculture major ― the first such major ever offered at a US university ― in an online search . He used the $ 6 , 000 from his harvest to launch his master ’ s degree.

When he got to Pullman and saw WSU ’ s organic farm , he burst out laughing . It was only 2 1 / 2 acres ― about half the size of his own farm in Nigeria . (WSU ’ s organic farm is now 30 acres. )

Still , he believed he ’ d come to the right place. Before his money ran out, he secured a research position at WSU to help fund his master ’ s degree and, later , his PhD .

In the US , big farms use science , technology and research to maximise yield , while employing less than two percent of the country’ s population. But large- scale farming is also responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gases , especially nitrous oxide, 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide , said Carpenter - Boggs , the WSU professor .

Adewale thinks Nigerian farmers need more information about ways to use organic methods to build up their soil, making their farms more fertile and productive , without using chemicals.

In Washington , part of his graduate studies included helping develop the free web tool called Ofoot that Adewale wants to use as the base for his mobile phone app in Nigeria .

In Africa , “ just about everybody has smartphones and small solar stations to recharge them ― it ’ s really an amazing degree of sophistication , ” said Hayes , of the Bullitt Foundation . Teaching farmers how to farm more efficiently could allow Nigeria to take a huge step forward in agricultural production without the need for expensive chemicals and herbicides , he said .

The Bullitt prize money comes with no strings attached .

“ It is a gesture of faith that this is a guy who ’ s deeply committed to getting something done in the world , ” Hayes said , “and we’ re trying to give him a financial boost to help him do it . ”

Adewale is eager to take on the challenge.
“ Every time I make these crazy decisions, I hear my grandmother ’ s voice in my head, ” Adewale said . “ She said , ‘ Dare to make a difference.'


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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by aleeyus(m): 4:05pm On Oct 29, 2017
N100,000 ?

quite a good amount

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by nairalandfreak(m): 4:05pm On Oct 29, 2017
Congratulations

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by chrisbaby24(m): 4:05pm On Oct 29, 2017
Ok
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Flashh: 4:06pm On Oct 29, 2017
All the best.

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by adeniyi55: 4:06pm On Oct 29, 2017
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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nobody: 4:06pm On Oct 29, 2017
Na this kind news dey sweet to hear.

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nawteemaxie(m): 4:07pm On Oct 29, 2017
Congrats Cornelius Chukwuemeka Adewale. We the people of Biafra are proud of you!

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by BedLam: 4:07pm On Oct 29, 2017
This country sef! How is a 30 plus old man young ?

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nobody: 4:07pm On Oct 29, 2017
Seen but the conditions of the award would be for USA benefit.

30years indeed grin

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Emulti(m): 4:07pm On Oct 29, 2017
Wow that's great
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Strongbest(m): 4:08pm On Oct 29, 2017
Nice. I keep saying it, our leaders need to learn how to explore the intelligence of our youths to move this country forward.

Motivation is needed to keep us here and not keep loosing us to foreign countries.


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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by ElizaVeta(f): 4:08pm On Oct 29, 2017
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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nobody: 4:09pm On Oct 29, 2017
congrats ....Mr. adewale....coding is the future. By the time am done with P.HD Applied finance, i should have built an app or software that will be able to predict stock prices with precision using the idea of fundamental and technical analysis

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by asawanathegreat(m): 4:10pm On Oct 29, 2017
Good news. He will soon change d minister of Agriculture in naija
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by tiamiyukunle69(m): 4:11pm On Oct 29, 2017
Congratulations Sir........
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Strongbest(m): 4:13pm On Oct 29, 2017
MicTayor:
congrats ....Mr. adewale....coding is the future. By the time am done with P.HD Applied finance, i should have built an app or software that will be able to predict stock prices with precision using the idea of fundamental and technical analysis



I pray you get all the supports you need to keep the dream alive and real.

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by TISR17: 4:13pm On Oct 29, 2017
Kudos bro.Great feat.Great encouragement for all upcoming Agriculturist Entrepreneurs.Agriculture is taking over gradually.
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Aston02(m): 4:15pm On Oct 29, 2017
And some people here on NL will be shouting "whites are evil!"
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by SlayQueenSlayer(m): 4:15pm On Oct 29, 2017
Tell them o.
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nobody: 4:15pm On Oct 29, 2017
Strongbest:




I pray you get all the supports you need to keep the dream alive and real.
Amen.thanks.

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Rmxr: 4:17pm On Oct 29, 2017
Nice
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nobody: 4:17pm On Oct 29, 2017
Superb.
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by IamLaura(f): 4:21pm On Oct 29, 2017
Congrats to the young man.
The average Nigerian seems to excel when they leave this country,is it a curse or something??
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by IamLaura(f): 4:23pm On Oct 29, 2017
Nawteemaxie:
Congrats Cornelius Chukwuemeka Adewale. We the people of Biafra are proud of you!
Hmmmm

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by Nawteemaxie(m): 4:25pm On Oct 29, 2017
IamLaura:

Shameless man.Your comment doesn't come from a good place and I'm sure it's to fuel unnecessary tensions on this thread.Stay here and be forming tribal bigot and Keyboard warrior when ur mates are doing something worthwhile with their lives.

You`re done? Okay.

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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by okwuvic(m): 4:28pm On Oct 29, 2017
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Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by darkmarky(m): 4:28pm On Oct 29, 2017
IamLaura:
Congrats to the young man.
The average Nigerian seems to excel when they leave this country,is it a curse or something??
its a curse...
Re: Cornelius Adewale Wins The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize by IamLaura(f): 4:28pm On Oct 29, 2017
Nawteemaxie:


You`re done? Okay.
My apologies,I guess I misinterpreted your intentions.

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