Rev. Fr. Christian Anieke, the Vice-Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University (GOU) in Enugu, announced the overall best student in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE), Lotanna Azuokeke, has been awarded a full scholarship to study at GOU’s College of Medicine.
Anieke made this announcement while presenting a car to the first male student who served as “Vice Chancellor For One Day” at GOU, on Friday, in Enugu. Azuokeke, a 15-year-old boy from Ọba in Idemmili South Local Government Area and a student of Bishop Otubelu Juniorate in Trans Ekulu, Enugu, achieved an exceptional score of 337 in the just-concluded JAMB examination, with a remarkable 99 points in mathematics, 86 in physics, 88 in chemistry, and 64 in English.
Speaking on the score, Anieke said, “The VC is offering this extraordinary student a full scholarship to study in our college of medicine, and this is in line with my passion for education and desire to empower young people and make them extraordinary.”
Anieke added that the youths needed a system that could crush them, stressing that they could do a lot and compete with their colleagues globally if supported.
“Watch our under 17 and 21, they can do marvelously well. Nigerian youths are not lazy, I believe in what they can do, and GOU has given them a face to show their strength,” he said.
Anieke, the Vice-Chancellor, explained that the university implemented the “VC for One Day” program to inspire and motivate students. He emphasized that when students are challenged, they tend to perform well, and the program has yielded positive results as previous participants are doing exceptionally well in their lives.
He expressed his belief that Vitalis, the current “VC for One Day,” would not settle for anything less than excellence because of his experience in the program. Vitalis has addressed the university’s senate, secondary school, and a group of institutions, demonstrating his leadership capability.
During the car gift presentation, the donor, Mr. Alphonsus Nwafor, urged students to have specific goals and objectives while in school. He cited Iloanuwusi, who broke the record, as an example of a student with a clear vision that enabled him to achieve great success.
He went on to explain that he noticed only female students were being selected for the “VC for One Day” program, so he challenged the male students. As a result, Iloanuwusi became the first male student to win the position.
He added that the success gift of a car would also be extended to female students who win the position to balance things out. He revealed that the car gift cost him N3.9 million.
Iloanuwusi, overcome with emotion and tears of joy, expressed his gratitude to the donor and the Vice-Chancellor. He attributed his achievement to hard work and patience and stated that the donor had inspired him with the car gift.
“I am proud of GOU, and I never thought that the promise of a car gift would become a reality,” he said.