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Professor Abdon Atangana (Supplied, University of Free State)
Professor Abdon Atangana (Supplied, University of Free State)

One of the first African black men to be named one of the top 1% of scientists globally, UFS mathematics professor Abdon Atangana, explains how despite his accolades he still experiences xenophobia on a daily basis in South Africa. He speaks to News24 about how a series of miracles helped him make his way from a small village in Cameroon to being a top scientist, and what is needed to solve xenophobia in the country. 

University of Free State (UFS) mathematics professor Abdon Atangana, who hails from a small village in rural Cameroon, hopes his selection as one of the world’s top scientists will help to change the perception of foreigners in South Africa. 

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