Dugbeh Nyan Nominated for AIF Prize


Liberian medical doctor and scientist, Dougbeh Chris Nyan, is among the top ten nominees for the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) Prize for 2017.

A release posted by AIF online indicates that Dr. Nyan represents Liberia among other African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, and Uganda.

The AIF includes Dr. Nyan among the nominees for his discoveries in healthcare solutions. He is regarded for developing a new technology for rapid detection of many infectious diseases using only one test.

His profile shows that his discovery of a rapid diagnostic test can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time within 10 to 40 minutes.

The AIF team is especially interested in Dr. Nyan’s discovery in the healthcare area because it observes that in many African countries, there is a lack of sophisticated diagnostic devices and limited expertise in high-tech diagnostics.

According to AIF, this impedes the clinical decision-making ability of healthcare providers.

“This test provides a solution to this clinical problem, and the innovation is easy to use in any setting and in rural areas,” AIF said.

AIF notes further that the device invented by Dr. Nyan is able to detect and distinguish multiple infections bearing the same symptoms, pointing out cases of yellow fever, malaria, and Ebola as examples.

“Whereas most testing methods take 3-7 days, this device gives test results in 10-40 minutes. This would provide a significant step in the detection and management of infectious diseases on the continent,” AIF noted.

“We are pleased to share with you the names of our IPA2017 nominees as we continue on our mission to catalyze the innovative spirit and unlock untapped potential in Africa.

“For the first time, this year’s nominees include innovators from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Zimbabwe. Moreover, given the instrumental role African women play in transforming Africa, it is thrilling to see more women among the 10 nominees with game-changing innovations.

“By providing platforms to recognize innovation excellence in Africa and mobilizing for African innovators, we continue to live up to our credo of engaging, inspiring and transforming. The inspiring stories of these nominees remind us that innovation and African-led solutions are indeed the answer to Africa’s growth and prosperity,” said Walter Fust, AIF’s chairman of the Board.

The nominees will be contending for the award in Accra, Ghana on July 18. According to the AIF release, the innovators have demonstrated incredible proficiency through innovative solutions and addressing challenges in agriculture, value chain, healthcare, energy, communications, service industries, as well as surveillance using drone technology.

The African Innovation Foundation is celebrating its sixth-year Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) under the theme, “African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity.”

IPA is the premier innovation initiative on the African continent offering a grand share-prize of US$185,000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.

IPA has seen tremendous growth in applications and increasing interest from both innovators and innovation enablers over the years. To date, IPA has attracted more than 7,500 innovators from 52 African countries, making it a truly Pan-African initiative. IPA’s 2017 edition witnessed a record number of entries from over 2,530 innovators across 48 African countries. The foundation has supported past winners and nominees with approximately US$ 1 million to move their innovations forward. Due to exposure generated by IPA, past winners have gone on to secure over US$30 million in investments to grow and scale their businesses.

“Over the years, IPA has stimulated impactful and market-oriented innovations aiming at changing lives and transforming Africa. In this sixth edition, we want to promote more investment in home-grown innovations as well as intra-African collaboration and trade to allow the scaling up of viable innovations across borders. We are excited for the opportunity to work with our partners to ensure the innovations of the 10 nominees will be available to African markets and beyond. We invite you to join us and unlock the potential of African innovators, starting by investing in these 10 nominees,” said Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, IPA Director.


  1. Congrats, Dr Dugbeh Nyan, you make us all proud. Perhaps, you can help Liberia find out whether the last Ebola epidemic originated from the reported bats – monkeys – humans’ chain or from bio – warfare laboratoris set up by US scientists in the three affected countries as claimed by American biological warfare expert Dr. Francis Foiles, a law professor, who actually wrote the 1989 treaty banning countries from weaponizing viruses, example, Ebola.

    According to him, in a 2014 interview, the Sierra Leone government closed the lab in their country, which was located at Kenema in the South Eastern region of that country. And if his information is true, what should the Liberian government do? Because we are talking about an existential public safety theat among a populace, the vast majority of whom are already undergoing life – denying poverty.

    Congrats again, Dr. Nyan, and we pray that your achievement would inspire more Liberian students to go into the physical sciences instead of nearly all of them rushing to be historians, Lawyers and politicians.

  2. Attention: Dr. Nyan, correction.

    The name of the expert in bio – warfare legislation is Dr. Francis A. Boyle, not Francis Foile as stated earlier, and below contains few details about the referenced interview.

    Dimopoulou of “Newsletter Information Clearing House” 2014 Ebola – related interview with Dr. Francis A. Boyle (a leading American law professor who was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti –Terrorism Act of 1989, and the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention).

    Scientists deal with facts, so I thought more info necessary. By the way, the assumption is that you aren’t aware about the laboratory angle for the 2014 epidemic that went on a deadly rampage in the MRU basin. Incidentally, Ivory Coast next door wasn’t affected. It is telling that Boyle didn’t name there among the countries were the experiments took place

  3. Dr. Dugbeh Nyan,

    Perhaps, I’m making much ado about nothing.

    But fourteen years in the higher echelons of national security in my country thought me how naive and greedy the powers that be can be when it comes to homeland security. For instance, as long as the price is right, an administration would agree to store radioactive nuclear waste from rich countries which might have deadly impacts on future generations of Liberians.

    What I’m saying is that the takeaway here is that Daily Observer would follow up on this story of lab or bats originated 2014 Ebola!

  4. Not to mention that in April, “thirteen persons died of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C, a bacterial form of meningitis”, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These mysterious deaths of Liberians are taking place under the watch of an indifferent political leadership that isn’t transparent, corrupt, and has lost the confidence of the vast majority of the populace.

    In 2015 or thereabout, a New York Times investigative team which came to the three Ebola – affected countries reported that the virus was traced to food ingested at a wake of a prominent Kissi female traditional healer on the Guinean side of the Kissi Forest. Then in April 2017 a WHO representative also said the meningitis originated from “tea served at a wake and funeral of a religious leader” in Sinoe County.

    What a mind – boggling bloody coincidence! And why are the two explanations removed from the secular world of reality to the realm of spirituality? Is it a token to the assumed superstition of the rural or rustic African mind? That alone is condescending. It would seem that the explainers expected their stories to be greeted with disbelief, so they had these stories ready. Yea right, Africans are morons let’s use them as lab rats and Guinea pigs for our just cause – the marriage of Machiavellianism and Darwinism.

    It is therefore the obligation of the Liberian press to look into the claims of Dr. Francis Boyles regarding a CIA via USAID bio – warfare laboratories in Liberia. This is what any national press would have done had they any suspicion that a foreign country was experimenting the probability of using viruses for anything in their country, and deaths of their citizens were linked to those efforts. After all, Liberian lives matter too, though crooks could trade even that for money.

    As a reminder, should we who’re asking these pertinent questions suddenly become victims of accidental death in a car, through poison, or whatever, Daily Observer must know it was murder to shut us up. This would mean the Boyles info is correct, and a legislative enquiry ought to be empaneled to locate and shut down any such laboratory in Liberia. Needless to say, at least, one would have died for something – to deter further unnecessary deaths of a suffering marginalized who some foreign bloody psycho sadists think are expendable.


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