Freeman Osonuga, a medicine and surgery graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University is about to get a spot in history books. He is set to become the ​first Nigerian and first ​black African to fly to space, courtesy of the Rising Programme. 
The Rising Star programme invites both One Young World ambassadors and outstanding members of the public aged 18 to 35, to nominate themselves to take on the trip of a lifetime. He submitted his name and luckily for him, he was part of those picked for the trip.
A 2015 WIRED Innovation Fellow, the 30 year-old will be speaking live at the WIRED 2015 conference in October, London. He was part of the African Union team of Ebola responders in Sierra Leone.