A Nigerian man, Freeman
Osonuga has been shortlisted as
one of the lucky human beings to
travel to space.
Osonuga, a medicine and surgery
graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo
University, was selected through
the Rising Star programme,
which was launched at the One
Young World Summit 2014 in
The programme invited both One
Young World ambassadors and
outstanding members of the
public aged 18-30 to nominate
themselves to take on the trip of
If selected for the programme
one will not only embark on a
once in a lifetime flight to space
but will also be offered a three-
year management contract.
He will be the first black African
to fly to space. Osonuga is a
2015 WIRED Innovation fellow.
He will be speaking live on stage
at the WIRED 2015 conference in
October in London.
In late 2014, at the peak of the
Ebola epidemic in West Africa, he
worked as a volunteer worked
with the African Union team of
Ebola responders for 6 months in