Encomiums have continued to pour in for Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, the 22 year old Nigerian, who broke some existing academic records at the John Hopkins University in the United States.
At the graduation ceremony of the world renowned University held on May 24, Mr. Ohuabunwa, who bagged a degree in neurosciences, not only emerged as the graduating student with the highest grade point average (GPA of 3.98 of 4), he also emerged as the African, albeit black man, with the highest GPA in the University’s history.
He has subsequently been given full scholarship to study medicine at Yale University, while he was also inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.
Mr. Ohuabunwa had his primary and junior secondary education in Nigeria before he and his family moved to the United States in 2003.
Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, while commending the young Nigerian, stated that “Nigeria is very proud of the achievement of this young man, and his story should stimulate other young Nigerians to reach for excellence in their field of endeavours.”
The Senate leader who urged “other young Nigerians to take after him (Mr. Ohuabunwa),”stated in his press statement that “the story of Mr. Ohuabunwa has further reinforced the need for us to revive our education sector and harness the inherent potentials of our youths.”
In his reaction, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar stated that “the story of Ohuabunwa is a clear testimony that Nigeria will, one day, unlock its full potential as a great nation where every young man and woman will engage in a healthy competition for scientific and technological innovations.”
Mr. Abubakar stated that Mr. Ohuabunwa’s achievement was a wakeup call to Nigerian leaders to know that “no amount of money spent on education is ever too much.”
“Our youth must take up the challenge of re-writing the story of Nigeria, and it is important the youths get the necessary encouragement and tools from government through adequate investment in education,” Mr. Abubakar said.