Sokoto State University Hosts ACS Chemistry Festival in Northwest Nigeria

students for Sokoto State University perform science experiments during conference
Volunteers during an experiment training session

The first-ever American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry Festival in Northwestern Nigeria was held at Sokoto State University, August 19-20, 2019. In commemoration of the International Year of the Periodic Table (#IYPT2019), featured activities aligned with the theme, “The Periodic Table: 150 Years of Shaping the World through Chemistry," included talks, a quiz competition, hands-on experiments, a hosted discussion on green and sustainable chemistry, a career path workshop for undergraduate students, and a novelty football match. The festival was jointly organized by the  Sokoto State University ACS International Student Chapter and the Student Chemical Society of Nigeria Sokoto State University Chapter.

The high point of the event was the quiz competition. Competing in the senior secondary category were Alheri Schools, Sokoto (first place); Nagarta College, Sokoto (second place); and Shehu Shagari College of Education Staff secondary school, Sokoto (third place). In the teriary institution category, Federal University Birnin Kebbi; Umar Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto; and Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, were the first, second, and third prize winners, respectively.

Alheri Schools - 1st prize winner of quiz
Alheri Schools, Sokoto, won 1st prize in the senior secondary quiz competition.

The festival had more than 300 participants, including the Vice Chancellor of Sokoto State University, Prof. Sani Mohammed Dangoggo; ACS Nigeria Chemical Sciences Chapter Chair, Prof. Joshua A. Obaleye; and representatives of the Sokoto State Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and of Science and Technology.

In his remarks, Vice Chancellor Dangoggo pledged to continue to support student associations in the institution and thanked the ACS for supporting the festival. The registrar of the university, Amina Yusuf Garba, thanked staff and students of the department of chemistry for making the event a huge success. Participants commended the event and the ACS and urged that the festival be held yearly.

Group of invited guests to the ACS Chemistry Festival

Group of invited guests to the ACS Chemistry Festival.

A cross-section of participants

Participants of the ACS Chemistry Festival at Sokoto State University.

Selected secondary schools during the quiz competition

Secondary school competitors during the quiz competition.


A hands-on experimental session

A hands-on experimental session.

Hosted discussion session

Hosted discussion session.

Members of the LOC

Student Chapter Members at Sokoto State University.

About the Author
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Dr. Thompson Izuagie is a Department of Chemistry lecturer at Sokoto State University (SSU) in Sokoto, Nigeria. He is currently secretary of the ACS Nigeria International Chemical Sciences Chapter and faculty advisor of the SSU ACS International Student Chapter.

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Abdulbasir Ishaq is a 400-level student of chemistry at Sokoto State University (SSU), in Sokoto, Nigeria, and president of SSU ACS International Student Chapter.