Nigerian Man Breaks Record as he Wins Scholarship Award in Canada, Defeats 102 Persons to Make Final

Nigerian Man Breaks Record as he Wins Scholarship Award in Canada, Defeats 102 Persons to Make Final

  • A Nigerian student schooling in a Canadian institution has won a scholarship award, breaking a record in the process
  • Joshua Okyere defeated a total of 102 semi-finalists to make the final cut of 15 scholars to be honoured with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
  • The scholar made history as the third student from the University of Manitoba, Canada and the first in the PACS program to achieve such a feat

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A Nigerian man, Joshua Okyere, has been named one of the winners of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.

The PhD student represented the University of Manitoba, an institution in Western Canada, in the keen scholarship contest that had 643 entries from 13 universities all over the world.

Nigerian student defeats 102 persons to win scholarship award, breaks record in Canada
Joshua Okyere is one of the 15 scholars selected for the scholarship award Photo Credit:
Source: UGC

John faced stiff contest to make the final cut

John saw off competition from 102 persons in the semi-finals stage to make the final cut of 15 scholars for the award.

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A statement from the university news website states that John's feat makes him the third student in the institution's history and the first person in the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program he is studying to record such.

Dr. Kelly Main, an acting dean of the faculty of graduate studies of the university has reacted to John's achievement.

He said:

"I would like to congratulate Joshua for this impressive achievement, he has joined a group of emerging scholars across Canada and will benefit from this experience for the rest of his career.
"The PACS program should also be proud of how their program has helped contribute to this success.”

According to a statement from the official website of the awarder of the scholarship, candidates who applied were accessed not only on their academic abilities but curiosity, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, and their interest in and willingness to engage with a range of different opinions and perspectives.

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Man ditches university qualification to become a farmer

A Nigerian man identified as Ekpono Chijioke Ugbala like many graduates in the country tried very hard to get a job after school.

Briefly News reported that when all efforts proved abortive, the university graduate resorted to farming and planted cucumbers. That singular effort paid off.

During his harvest, the man showed off the fresh produce he got from his farm, leaving many people amazed.

Photos shared on Facebook showed his harvest displayed on the floor and stacked in a sack. Chijioke also posed on his farmland.

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Source: Briefly News

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