2010 Young Laureate, Applied Technology
Nigeria, Born 1982
Growing up in Nigeria, traditionally a farming nation, Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu spent his after-school hours raising poultry and cattle. After high school, as he participated in youth and citizens' associations helping farmers, Ikegwuonu quickly became aware that the rural community had little access to information about farming practices and environmental issues. In 2003, he founded the Smallholders Foundation to provide the rural community with information via the radio on contemporary agricultural techniques and environmental conservation. Ikegwuonu, who has a bachelor of arts in history and international studies and a master's degree in cooperation and development, is becoming known as a change-maker who fights poverty using new interactive technology.
Published in 2010
Selflessness and dedication.
Working on my father's farm and setting up my own farm.
My digital recorder and my laptop.
Honoured, humbled and fulfilled.
The most important lesson my father taught me was practical agriculture. This has been instrumental in realizing my lifetime ambition of promoting sustainable agriculture.
Yes, I love listening to music, not only when I work but all the time. I don't really have a favourite artist. But I love Igbo traditional music [from southeast Nigeria], reggae, R & B and hip hop.
Fundraising for The Smallholders Foundation has been a great challenge. But we will continue to work towards achieving this goal.