InformAfrica – A U.S based Nigerian, 22 years of age, has emerged as one of the top graduating students of Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He broke academic record at the institution when he achieved a Grade Point Average of 3.98 out of 4.0 to earn a degree in Neurosciences.
Emmanuel Ohuabunwa from Arochukwu, Abia State has made history at Johns Hopkins University. Ohuabunwa is the first black man to make a GPA of 3.98 out of 4.0 in the university. He was also adjudged as having the highest honours during the graduation that was held last month.
For his efforts, he has won a scholarship to Yale University to pursue a degree in medicine. Besides, he has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious honour group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.
When asked why he chose to study Neurosciences, Ohuabunwa said, “I studied Neuroscience, because I was fascinated with the brain, its control of our behaviours and how various diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, lead to a decline in its activity. I also minored in Psychology because I wanted to understand disorders in the psyche. What causes bipolar disorders or schizophrenia. I did not just want to label them as crazy but to understand what causes these conditions and how we can treat them,’’ he explained.
Emmanuel in an interview also spoke about the missing links in Nigeria’s education sector when compared with that of the U.S, Ohuabunwa said some of the problems facing his home country’s university sector are unpredictable academic calendar, corruption, examination malpractice and inadequate funding. These, he said, were absent in the US.
Another difference, he said, is that America rewards hard-work while the system also emphasises on a balance between academic life and extracurricular activities.
It is important to note that Emmanuel Ohuabunwa also has a keen interest in his country’s health sector, where he hopes to make a remarkable change for better – just like he did in his academics.
“I am absolutely interested in the health care policy decisions in Nigeria. Because there are many changes that need to occur, I will not rule out the possibility of coming back after my studies, in order to join hands with the leaders to make these changes possible.’’
He added that his ambition is to become a medical doctor specialising in brain surgery.
“Two weeks ago, my grandmother passed away after a long battle with strokes. Even during emergencies, it was difficult for her to get to the hospital, let alone get treatment. This is a common theme not only in the health care system of Nigeria, but in different countries in the world, where the poor get neglected.
“Second, Nigerian hospitals lack the infrastructure required to compete with major hospitals around the world. It would be an honour to one day contribute to this transformation that is necessary for improvements in Nigeria’s health care sector,” he said.
In conclusion, Emmanuel Ohuabunwa advise fellow Nigerian youths who have the resources, to go abroad to study. He also called on wealthy Nigerians to invest more in the education of the poor rather than in acquisition of material things.
Partly culled from PunchNG