American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor; Bill Gates has described Nigeria’s remarkable turnaround as one of his favourite stories of 2014. The founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PCsoftware Company is currently ranked by Forbes as the world’s richest man. The business tycoon however, took to his twitter handle to share one of his highpoints of the year 2014.
In his words; One of my favourite stories of 2014: In just one year, Nigeria went from 50 polio cases to 6”. The article further reads;
“A lot of the media coverage about Nigeria this year focused on two things: Ebola and terrorism. Both are frightening, and they masked the fact that from a global health perspective, Nigeria actually had a pretty good year. Although it’s one of only three countries that have never been free from polio (Pakistan and Afghanistan are the other two), I don’t think it will be on that list for long. Nigeria has reported only six cases of polio this year, compared to more than 50 last year. What’s more, the infrastructure Nigeria has built to fight polio actually made it easier for them to swiftly contain Ebola. The fact that Nigeria is now Ebola Free is a great example of how doing the work to fight things like fighting polio also leaves countries better prepared to deal with outbreaks of other diseases”.
This isn’t only good news for Bill, but to Nigeria at large. It’s a sign of good things to come in 2015!
1st published in HipHopWorldMagazine