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Ghanaian University Offers $40,000 Scholarship To Ekene, UTME Highest Scorer

Ekene Franklin Ezeunala has received a $40,000 Scholarship from a Ghanaian University.

Academic City College, a private university in Ghana, has offered a $40,000 scholarship to the highest scorer in the just concluded 2019 UTME examination. The scholarship, worth over 14 million Naira was awarded during a workshop organised by the institution for schools and parents at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

Ekene was however absent at the event. The College Senior Admissions Manager in Nigeria, Ogechi Ekpe, spoke at the event. She said that the scholarship granted Ekene would cover tuition and boarding for the duration of his programme at the university.

“We have a full scholarship for Ekene. He was supposed to be here today (Friday) but we did not talk about the scholarship today because he was not here. We were to present a scholarship of $40,000 to the boy from year one till he graduates.”

Ogechi Ekpe

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Ekene who scored 347 of 400 in the concluded UTME examination was denied admission at the University of Lagos because he wasn’t up to 16. Regarding this, Mrs Ekpe said that Academic City College, which offers programmes in Engineering, Business, Communication Arts and Information Technology, will accept students from 15 years of age because it has a system in place to monitor them.

“That is why we want him there. Nigerian schools won’t give him admission but we will. We admit from 15 which is why we have a visible Dean of Students’ Affairs. We make sure they go to class, especially foreign students. You cannot be in the hostel during learning hours. Dean Ruth, that is her name, she normally goes around. There are parents that pay for their kids to be off campus but all international students must be on campus because we don’t want them to have immigration issues; we don’t want them to go off track. We insist that in the first year at least they must be on campus.”

Ogechi Ekpe

Ekene was first offered a full scholarship by Gregory University, Uturu in Abia state. This Ghanaian institution is the second college to announce a full scholarship to the 15-year-old boy who just completed his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at Meiran Community Senior High School, Meiran, Lagos.


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