Fadji Maina has emerged as the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The 29-year-old hydrologist was said to have earned her PhD in 2016, and joined the world-famous space agency in the US at the end of last month.

She stated that she will use her new job to give back to her country and the continent:

“I will say to them to not give up to keep going because everyone would think people from Niger, or a young girl from Niger, would not be able to do this. But just believe in yourself and find an environment that will support you. You get used to it also I think we need to have more people coming from different backgrounds to be able to solve the problems that we are looking at – because different people will have different perspectives,” she said.

Ms Maina also mentioned that she is the only African in Nasa