Okeke Solomon Ekene, a Nigerian graduate from Anambra state, has made history by becoming the overall best graduating student at RUDN University, Moscow in Russia. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Engineering with a perfect cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0/5.0.
Okeke’s academic journey began in Okija, Anambra, where he attended primary and secondary schools. He then proceeded to study Agricultural Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2018.
He applied for a scholarship to study in Russia through the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) programme of the Federal Ministry of Education. He was among the 94 Nigerian students who were awarded the scholarship in 2019.
He enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at RUDN University, one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in Russia. He chose to specialize in Environmental Management and Engineering, a field that combines engineering principles with environmental science to address environmental challenges.
A Record-Breaking Performance
Okeke excelled in his studies, scoring the highest marks in all his courses and examinations. He also participated in research projects and competitions, winning several awards and accolades.
He emerged as the following:
- Best graduating Student 2023
- Valedictorian, 2023
- Best in the Moscow State exam, 2023
- Holder of the 1st degree of the competition for the best graduate dissertation (Golden diploma)
- Graduated with the honorary Russian Red diploma (Perfect CGPA)
Due to his sterling performance, the university also gave him an honorary degree.
A Source of Inspiration
Okeke attributed his success to God, his parents, his lecturers and his mentors. He said he was motivated by his passion for learning and his desire to make a positive impact on society.
He shared some of his quotes on his Facebook page:
“From Okija, Anambra, Nigeria to the world, today, history was made!”
“Congratulations to me. Thank you RUDN University, Moscow for this opportunity. Another MSc (Environmental Management and Engineering) bagged! Phd continues”
“Never give up on your dreams. Nothing is impossible with God and hard work.”
Another example of a Nigerian scholar who has made remarkable achievements abroad is Olajuyin Olaleye Ebenezer. His achievement is a testament to the potential and excellence of Nigerian students. He has set a new record and raised the bar for academic excellence. He has also demonstrated that Nigerian students can compete favourably with their counterparts from other countries.
He has inspired many Nigerians, especially young people, to pursue their dreams and aspirations with diligence and determination. He has also shown that education is a powerful tool for personal development and social transformation.
His persistence paid off when he received an offer from the University of Maine to study Biomedical Science under a fully funded scholarship. He was one of the 12 students selected out of over 300 applicants for the prestigious Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) program. Read more about Ebenezer here.