Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Meet Our Team

Temidayo Oniosun

Founder and Managing Editor

Temidayo has 6 years experience in the African Space Industry and was listed in Newspace People 2018/2019 Global Ranking of the top 200 movers and shakers in Newspace. A popularizer of space in Africa, he is a TEDx speaker and has been featured on Forbes, ChannelsTV, Guardian, BellaNaija, SATNEWS, ROOM, USAID, etc.

Joseph Ibeh

Senior Analyst

Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry and national space programs.

Ruvimbo Samanga

Policy Analyst

Ruvimbo is a law graduate from the University of Pretoria and serves as the National Point of Contact for Zimbabwe at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). She coached the Winning Team of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court World Finals Competition 2018 in Bremen, Germany, held during the 68th International Astronautical Congress.

Elizabeth Olubodun

Office Manager

Elizabeth studies Mass Communications at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. She is in charge of administration at the Space in Africa office and she coordinates the Space in Africa Internship Program.

Muhammed Akinyemi


Muhammed is a Journalist and Graduate of Law from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is an Alumnus of the African Presidential Leadership Program, Egypt, an alumnus of Earth Charter's Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics program, and a certified Global Citizenship Educator (GCED) under UNESCO-APCEIU.

David Oni


David is an industry analyst who focuses on the application of data analysis tools and machine learning algorithms to draw insights from vast streams of data and predict future trends in the African Space Industry. His experience involves researching data and generating content for various online resources.


Allen Versfeld

Staff Writer Intern

Allen Versfeld is a science writer, an amateur astronomer and a consulting cloud technologist. He has been writing on space and astronomy since 2009, and is the host and producer of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. Allen lives in a major South African city, where he likes to complain about the steady increase in light pollution.

Carringtone Kinyanjui

Staff Writer Intern (Science & Astronomy)

Carringtone is a Master’s student in theoretical physics. He has a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and is also a member of the Theoretical Physics Research Group at the University of Nairobi. He is studying theoretical physics, specifically the possible applications of an extended General Relativity model in the problem of quantum gravity.

Samyukta Manikumar

Staff Writer Intern (Science & Astronomy)

Samyukta completed her BSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She works as an astronomer and science communicator for the Travelling Telescope, an astronomy outreach enterprise based in Kenya. She also runs an astronomy blog (https://thebast.co), and volunteers in digital design in her spare time.

Michael Ugom

Staff Writer Intern (Geosciences)

Michael is a graduate of Geography from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Nigeria. His scientific research in space science at the National Space Research and Development Agency includes the mapping of Abuja phase 1 and research in climate change related topics such as air moisture and environmental pollution. He also blogs about climate change and geoscience related topics on the social media platform, Steemit.

Abhishek Diggewadi

Staff Writer Intern

In July 2018, Abhishek Akash Diggewadi graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics at the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Science Degree in Space Studies at International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg.

Monica Sebastian

Staff Writer Intern

Monica has a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics from the Ardhi University in Tanzania. She is interested in geodesy, space, and the satellite industry, especially the application of data from earth observation satellites through spatial data visualization and analysis.