A Nigerian man, Odinaka Eze has bagged a Masters degree with distinction from the University of Mississippi, USA.
He got a perfect CGPA of 4.0/4.0 and was awarded a scholarship to do his PhD programme at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
The news was broken by his ex-classmate and friend, Ifechidere who recounted how Odinaka struggled to survive in Nigeria.
She said the brilliant student used to process raw cashew with his mother in Nsukka and the acidic content scarred his hand.
He showed me his hands in class one day while we talked. He had scars from processing raw acidic cashew with his mom in Nsukka.
Ifechidere wrote; “That boy, my classmate, Odinaka Eze just graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Distinction. 4.0/4.0. And a free ride to MIT for his PhD!
Education is still the surest ticket out of under-privilege. We didn’t come from wealthy families or a line of prominent names, but education has set us at the same table with Kings and people that matter.
My boy is going to MIT. Odinaka is going to MIT! Damn! Funny thing is. He was denied a First class in History department, UNN. 4.49! The witchcraft and crab mentality amongst our own custodians and dispensers of knowledge is a plague. Later, we’ll be asked why we go abroad where we are valued.”