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British organisation honours Nigerian ornithologist

Nigerian ornithologist Shilwua Manu has won an International Ornithology Marsh Award for his research into the ecology of birds in the Jos Plateau.

The British Ornithology Organisation gives the prize to scientists, artists and authors whose work has contributed to the conservation of British birds. 

Manu, who heads the Biological Conservatory at Nigeria’s University of Jos, is being honoured for research that has helped understanding of “the ecology of our migrant birds in Africa”, Andy Clements, director of the British Trust for Ornithology, said in the award announcement last month. BTO also recognised his contribution in training masters students in conservation biology.

Manu is also the director of the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute at the University of Jos. He said: “All my colleagues in APLORI as well as the Laminga Community, from where we operate, contributed immensely to this recognition.”