Chijioke Ekechi, a Nigerian youth and Covenant University Bachelors of Science (B.Sc) holder, has made his country proud with his outstanding academic performance.
The young man who is from the eastern part of Nigeria secured a doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) scholarship in the United States of America even when he only has a first degree.
Chijioke, who disclosed his great achievement said “the scholarship gave him an admission into Tennessee Technological University in the US for a study in ‘Automation and Artificial Intelligence’.”
The awardee, who graduated with a strong ‘Upper Credit’ at Covenant University, explained that the scholarship allows for master’s degree which automatically transfers its credit units to the PhD programme expected to be wrapped up within three to four years.
Ekechi described this feat as grace and favour as there were so many more qualified candidates than him for the scholarship but he was still chosen while they were rejected.
He added that his ample time was used in surveying and planning the steps for the Scholarship as this was what made it easier for him to record this success when the opportunity presented itself.
He stated; “If you don’t have your master’s degree, you would be allowed to do it so you can have your Masters Degree. Then, when you are done, you transfer your credits in master’s to a PhD. So, rather than starting your Ph.D afresh, you start from third year of your Ph.D. “So, instead of spending the usual six to seven years, you just spend 3-4 years in bagging a PhD. It was grace because I know a lot of people who were more qualified than I was and still did not get an offer as good as this. “Well! I spent quite some time surveying and planning regarding all the steps I was going to take. So, when it was time to execute, I just knew what to do and how to go about. Moreso, I had already reached out to couple of people who were there at a time and they gave me pointers. So, I think I was very very resourceful.”
Chijioke who was extremely happy has, therefore, charged Nigerian youths to place premium and emphasis on hardwork, honesty, smartness and most importantly nosing for credible and impactful information.