Cursory: 22-year-old Ginika Okafor, has emerged as the best graduating student of her set from the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), this was revealed during the fifth induction ceremony into the Medical Profession (MBBS) Class of 2022 of the university, by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The brilliant scholar received a lot of cash prizes and accolades. She gave her thanks to everyone who has been with and supported her during her academic journey.
Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) held its fifth induction ceremony for the medical profession (MBBS) Class of 2022, and it was a happy occasion for Dr. Ginika Okafor’s parents, friends, and family members. She won the award for best graduating medical student with eight distinctions.
The ceremony took place at ABUAD’s Alfa Belgore Hall.Cash prizes of N900,000 were given to the prodigy, with N50,000 awarded for each accomplishment.At the induction ceremony, she received N500,000 from the university’s founder and chancellor as well for coming out on top overall.Ginika, who is from Abatete in the Idemili-North LGA of Anambra, expressed her joy.
“I feel very happy. Delighted is the word to express my emergence as the overall best graduating medical student. I thank the university for finding me worthy, and I am very grateful to my parents for their efforts and sacrifices in sending me to ABUAD, which, no doubt, is the best university in our clime.”
She said her initial challenge as a medical student was the stress of studying the course.
“You won’t have time for any other thing. Initially, I found it difficult to cope. Sometimes, I nearly caved in to the heavy weight of academic work with attendant stress, but with God, time and determination, I was able to surmount it all,” Ginika explained.
“Now that I am a doctor, I have more responsibilities in impacting and giving back to society as a finished product of ABUAD,” she added. “I am so grateful and can’t wait to start discharging my duties via contributing my quota to Nigeria’s health sector.”
In his remarks, Aare Afe Babalola noted that Times Higher Education Impact Ranking in 2022 ranked the university as the number one university in Nigeria.
“John Hopkins Hospital in America has also entered into (an) agreement with your university under which some students will be going on scholarship training annually to America. The first set will leave for the US in April this year.”
The National Universities Commission (NUC), the regulatory body for university education in Nigeria, and UNESCO both praised ABUAD as a “world-class institution of higher education,” respectively. According to Prof. Smaranda Olarinde, the vice chancellor of ABUAD, the university began bringing home enviable accolades from national and international education stakeholders.
“The icing on the cake of acknowledgements came last year when the university was rated by the highly respected Times Higher Education Impact Ranking as the ‘number one out of the 220 universities in Nigeria and number 321 in the world,” explained Olarinde.
“This is a no mean global achievement which was commended by eminent Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari.”
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