Chijioke Ucheakonam, a brilliant law student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria, has set a new record at the school by graduating with the highest CGPA recorded in the Faculty of Law in 60 years.
Located in western Nigeria, OAU was established in 1962 as the University of Ife, but was later renamed in honor of one of its founders, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The university’s goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to become highly employable or to create their own jobs, as well as to prepare them for the global environment.
In a LinkedIn post, Ucheakonam, who also won numerous academic prizes, including the award for the Most Awarded Student of the year, shared his journey to success.
“Mine is not a story of luck, but one of sheer grace and favour. It was a long journey – one filled with ups and downs. There were times when I questioned my choice of this path, the strikes and delays, but at last, the end has come.”
Ucheakonam, who participated in various competitions and internships during his time at OAU and faced challenges along the way, said he believes his mother’s prayers and God’s grace were responsible for his success.
“I am thankful to my parents and I am more than grateful to God.”
In addition to his impressive academic achievements, Ucheakonam has received an offer to join the O’Neill Institute of Georgetown University in Washington D.C. this winter as a researcher.
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