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The Phenomenal Paul Azunre: A Profile of NSMQ 2002 Champion

“Desist from comparing yourself to anyone else. Every journey is unique, with a unique starting point and a unique destination. Be helpful and kind towards one another along this journey — it really does come around.”

- Dr. Paul Azunre, NSMQ 2002 Champion Scientist, Engineer, Author, Producer … these are the words that Dr. Paul Azunre, a.k.a. Dr. Pushkin, uses to describe himself. After nearly 20 years since he captained the Opoku Ware School team to victory in the NSMQ 2002, fans of the show still remember his brilliance. Life after OWASS After secondary school, Paul left for the US, where he read two undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Economics at Swarthmore College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science again at MIT.

Future Plans and Legacy Naturally drawn to problem-solving, Dr. Paul Azunre hopes to use his life’s work in AI/ML to contribute to the AI revolution at home and help achieve drastic improvements to quality of life in areas ranging from medical, security, agriculture and beyond. His book “Transfer Learning for Natural Language Processing” is one part of this effort. As a musician, his lyrical content attempts to contribute to positive societal change and evokes the social consciousness of Pan-African thinkers such as Kwame Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela. Find out more about Dr. Azunre’s life and works via his website, where you can find a list of his social profiles for getting in touch, and catch our maiden Instagram Live session with Dr. Paul Azunre on Saturday 23rd May, 2020 at 6pm.


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