22 year-old Nigerian breaks academic record at John Hopkins University Reviewed by Momizat on . 22 year-old Emmanuel Ohuabunwa has emerged as the best graduating student in the John Hopkins University, USA with a grade point of 3.98 out of 4.0 in Neuroscie 22 year-old Emmanuel Ohuabunwa has emerged as the best graduating student in the John Hopkins University, USA with a grade point of 3.98 out of 4.0 in Neuroscie Rating:
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22 year-old Nigerian breaks academic record at John Hopkins University

22 year-old Emmanuel Ohuabunwa has emerged as the best graduating student in the John Hopkins University, USA with a grade point of 3.98 out of 4.0 in Neurosciences.

Ohuabunwa who hails from Abia State, has been able to make the nation proud and with his efforts has won himself a scholarship to Yale University to get a degree in Medicine.

He has also become a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious honor group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic honour society. Its mission is to “celebrate and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences” and induct “the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

Speaking about how he moved to the US, Ohuabunwa said “my parents moved the whole family when I was 13 years old. I was about to begin SS1 at Air Force, Ibadan. When I got to the US, I was enrolled with my age mates, which meant at 13, I was in middle school.

“I went to Fondren Middle School, which was in the middle of the ghetto. That was one of the darkest years for me because I encountered a lot of peer pressure. Some of the students, ignorant about Africa, bullied me and called me names such as ‘African booty scratcher’ because to them, Africans were dirty and scratched their butts all the time.

“Some asked me if I lived in mud huts and ate faeces for breakfast.

“I remember one day, when I was walking to the school bus, a boy came from behind and punched me in the face, called me an African and walked away. It took everything in me not to retaliate. I knew that God had put me in the U.S for a purpose and it did not involve fighting or selling drugs or doing the wrong things.

“My experience during that year gave me a thick skin. I learned to stand for what I thought was right even when the opposition seemed insurmountable. I also learned to look at the positive in all situations. Even though these kids were bullying me, I was still gaining an opportunity to school in America and nothing would stop me from making the best of this opportunity.

“I knew I wanted to go to the best school in the US. I had heard that Johns Hopkins Hospital had been ranked the number one hospital in the US for the past 21 years and I wanted to be in that environment.’’

Worried that his parents might not be able to sponsor him to the university, Ohuabunwa purposed to work very hard. He did and when the result of the PSAT came, he performed so well that he won the National Achievement Scholar.

By virtue of this award, he received certificates of recognition from various organisations including senators from the Congress of both Texas and the US. He also received scholarship from the University of Houston; Rice University, Texas A&M Honors College and many more.

He had also won the Principal’s Award during the annual awards ceremony at DeBakey High School.

“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.

But what does he consider to be the missing links in the education sector of Nigeria when compared with that on offer in US, Ohuabunwa said unpredictable academic calendar, corruption, examination malpractice and inadequate funding were some of the problems confronting his home country’s university sector. These, he said, were absent in the US.

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  • Donaldnormann

    Congratulation my broda. You have done the country proud despite the activities of the so called BH here. 

    • Lawrenceeddie45

       its good to see a fellow brother do something great
      Hope we can follow the good steps of men of liberty and distinction
      so we can together build this great nation of ours…
      God bless Nigeria…I love my country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCFCIIC2ZIKS5Y5LPUK7JMK7TE Plasma

    Good, Good and very good. The sky is only your stepping stone. You have really made my day. Please keep making us proud. If only we celebrate excellence back home…

  • Chris

    congratulations. May you continue to excel in everything you do.

  • DOJ

    May you continue to excel. This is not your rest!

  • Royaladeprince

    Pls Pls Pls Pls I beg you and pray that u will not come to this country to jeopardise all that God has done for you. Yes it is your Country and u r surpose to help,  help Who/whom, The looters of our treasuries, or those that are ready to reduce u to nothing?. Pls do not take any political appoitment in Nigeria just emulate the Chinua Achebes, Wole Shoyinka of the this world. God bless u.

  • Jimwealth

    Congratulations Ohuabunwa! I urge you to remain where the pastures are green.
     

  • Dejiebooks

    At the end of the day, where will he end up working….abroad? …and the brain drain continues!

    • BOA

      @Dejiebooks: It’s not a brain drain as he wasn’t trained in Nigeria. It actually will be a brain drain on the US if after becoming a surgeon he moves back to Nigeria to practice.

  • http://twitter.com/ajikazz Kazeem Ajibola

     Congratulation my broda. You have done the country proud despite the activities of  the so called BASTARD LEADERS WE HAVE

  • Dnwams

    This is Fantastic and cheery news…..away from all the sad and unforunate news of  Boko Haram

    A real role model for our children.

  • Kwame

    I’m so disappointed by the comments of my friends in Naija. I’m a Ghanaian though but we still need brilliant guys like are brother in our continent to at least encourage the up and coming ones. After all he is an AFRICAN and not an AMERICAN. Cheers to u all.

    • Ennaitodo

      I agree with you my brother.

      • Aniety Udoaka

        He left Nigeria at 13, he is now talking about corruption and exam malpractice. Be positive about Nigeria – it is your foundation.

        • BOA

          I bet he hasn’t forgotten that, but the truth is the truth and it most be told as such.

          • Xmataan

             How well is he capable of remembering the corruption and malpractice  in Nigeria where he came from at the age of 13. I guess there is something to say about it logically and well really it was his foundation.

    • Tomilaguna

      African or American? who gives a shit! What has Nigeria done for him? I’ve been in the U.S ten years and left at the age of 12.. tired of older Africans saying i am from Africa as if i forgot where i was born. i could care less about that. I love America and i will be forever grateful for all the opportunities and blessing that have come my way in the 10 yrs I’ve been here. I wonder where my life would have been if i was in “Africa” Thank God i’m not!

      • Telany

        U r shortsighted

        • BOA

          @ Telany: Remember life is not a one cap fits all. What works well for one may not work for the other.

      • Dcfrogs

        ur stupid

        • Tomilaguna

          & you’re a buffoon

      • mmwill

        Awesome statement.

    • Samuel Mwendwa

       I agree with you my brother. Once someone excels it is not about nationality, IT IS ACHIEVEMENT.

  • Adeakin01

    God is greatttt

  • http://yahoo.com/ Axeman777

    Better don’t come back here. Face ur future over there…

  • Kizito_flow

    Dax wot i call GUD HEAD…. Keep the green flying loud

  • Forced-into-Diaspora

    God bless you Royaladeprince…you have spoken with wisdom. The leadership of Nigeria will change when the people of Nigeria change collectively. God bless Nigeria…God help Nigeria.

  • Tina Ohuabunwa ( Nigeria )

    This is great, eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, it has not been conceived in the heart of man what The Lord desires to do with you, keep the flag ( of Jesus, our family, our nation and indeed Africa) flying. We love you and we are proud of you.

  • Mobi Bridgewalls

    This is good news and a great achievement ! Our Nation is Nigeria is blessed with great talents.God bless our fatherland.

  • Okafor chijioke

    Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, you have really made us (Nigerians) and Africans by extension proud. Keep flying our flag and projecting our image positively over there. However, my piece of advice to you is this: “contrary to what some of my fellow Nigerians have said so far, i wouldn’t advise you against  coming back to your Fatherland. But be careful and do not associate with our rulers and exploiters including mr president. we do really need people like you around to serve as a positive influence to us and leave us with a glimpse of hope for the future. Proud of you man!

  • Okafor chjioke

    Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, you have really made us (Nigerians) and Africans by
    extension proud. Keep flying our flag and projecting our image
    positively over there. However, my piece of advice to you is this:
    “contrary to what some of my fellow Nigerians have said so far, i
    wouldn’t advise you against  coming back to your Fatherland. But be
    careful and do not associate with our rulers and exploiters including mr
    president. we do really need people like you around to serve as a
    positive influence to us and leave us with a glimpse of hope for the
    future. Proud of you man!

  • OMO

    Congrate broda more grace to your elbow. Thanks to your parents whom took the bold step to migrate to the land of opportunities 2003. If not, at 22 yrs old in Nigeria you would still be writing so called JAMB and universities test. Your generation could bring the change we need, follow your dreams home is home. I also relocate my family to Canada Last October. Generation of true change assembled by God Almight.

  • jhu

    JOHNS Hopkins.  JOHNS.  Not John.  Other than that, great piece, congrats!

  • Balogun4u2nv

    You are one in a million so happy u re fulfilling your dreams more nigerians are coming to show more of wat u ve already started in diverse fields

  • Chat2ane

    I am so happy and proud of you Emmanuel. God has blessed Nigeria with people like u who would bring hope to the youths of this country. Please we need people like you to come and effect the change we so direly need in Nigeria. God will be ur strength and buckler. Congratulations once again!

  • Multimeshusa

    For a long time now Nigeria and Nigerians have been identified with corruption and terrorism, but today Emmanuel Ohuabunwa have proven that their is hope for future Nigeria. Even though we have bad people like Mutallab we also have good young men who can change the world and make the black man proud. The OHUABUNWA’ s we are proud of you

  • Francaokia

    He is really a genius, am proud of him

  • Ennaitodo

    I am so proud of this young man. God bless him.

  • Willy42ky

    Thank God for you Emmanuel; I’m happy for you. Please remain focused, you will excel. God has given you the brain, glorify God with it.

  • Abeeku

    Nigerians are a truly gifted people.Only if they could channel this gift positively, Nigeria would be one of the greatest nations on earth.

  • One Nigeria

    Congrats man. But Nigeria is a useless country, they only celebrate people but never do anything to build people. Useless country. I live and study in Europe, I know the amount of opportunities the Europeans have, but what we have at home is looting and stealing by a few. It is a shame being a Nigerian, there are a few of us who are still doing our best, studying hard and not involved in illegal activities. Yet the criminals at home loot, they don’t develop our schools neither do they give scholarships. Even PTDF scholarship, I could not even get the card from the head office of the bank responsible for the sales in Marina when I was in Nigeria, crooks and banks officials were hoarding them. Now I am doing well and spending my money, tomorrow they will want to shout that there is a successful Nigerian in Europe but forget that for every single success story, there would have been thousands more with adequate planning and lack of corruption. I knew immediately that the young man went through thick and thin to make this success, not that his country supported him in anyway. I am sure it was the pathetic nature of our country that forced his parents to move them away to the U.S. My heart bleeds for my country, but I am happy that where ever I go I have purposed in my heart to represent myself well, then my family and sadly or rather unfortunately I have to represent a country that is completely irresponsible to her citizens. Since I moved to Europe I have been treated with respect, the only place I have heard anything stupid was from guess where.. NIGERIAN EMBASSY. No wonder a lot of fellow Nigerians have to protest at the Embassy during my last visit to the place. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCFCIIC2ZIKS5Y5LPUK7JMK7TE Plasma

       Cant you just say congratulations to the guy and leave it at that.

    • Nyanya Mass Transit

      Well said. Lets just keep praying for Nigeria cus its fill with dirts.

  • Franca Obehi Idemudia

    Hmmmmm! I wonder where those name callers are right now! Extremely proud of you!

  • The Irony

    So incredibly sad how ignorant many black Americans are. Ironically, this gentleman will have to support many of those insecure reprobates and their illegitimate kids on welfare.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKLVX5LBZDYNDT4TVMK3Q2I4W4 Kingsley

      currently, most of those misguided youths that humiliated him, the way these particular group of americans, tend to humiliate africans wherever they find them in the united states,might have dropped out of school to pursue the street life or worse, might be either in jail(serving 25-life!) or dead!while emmanuel would be and is already on his way to greatness, those youngsters that poked fun at him, would remain trapped in a vicious circle of poverty and extreme pernury and wait upon emmanuel’s hard earned money for food stamp, subsidized housing, free medical care etc. for all intents and purposes, america is a land of opportunities for everybody irrespective of race, religion etc. that is, though,should the sojourner remain focused and purposed to succeed.the irony of emmanuel’s success is that whereas young nigerian’s strive hard to make nigeria great, nigeria, on her part, continues to bring shame upon these young men and women!

  • Emmanuel Ayeni

    This is another inspiring story of  scores of Nigerians making us proud abroad.We can change our society but it has to start from within..Let us all play our parts ..

  • Samuel Mwendwa

    This is very commendable. I hope it becomes an inspiration to all.
    I wonder what those kids who were hurling insults to him ended up becoming.

    • Akins

       Drug Addicts or Drug Peddlers, of course. Or they probably will be in one of the remand centers.People who thrive on running others down, often have one psycho problem or another. They do not see any good in themselves, hence try to drag others to their low life level.

  • Abubakar

    keep up the good work……Am so sure dt Nigerians will be very proud of you

  • Daniopk2

    Congrats bro. I am happy for you. Keep on going, with your optimism and determination , to achieve higher heights.All the best.

  • BOA

    Emmanuel, your God is surely with you as your name goes. I congratulate you and your folks. Your comment shows that you were well brought up, you demonstrated fruit of the spirit by being positive in all situations. May the Lord continue to prosper you in all you do to His glory. God bless you my brother.

  • Redgirlight

    I love it! Go boy! What I hate is how African Americans can be so rude to our people from Africa. They are wonderful people..OUR WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I’m so sorry that he had to go through such ignorance. Great job Ohuabunwa!

  • Rachellekyla

    I hate it

    • Rachellekyla

      Just kidding guys

      • Rachellekyla

        Nigerians are very talented as well as ghanians……….

  • Jeff

    The reporter did’t break any academic records.  Got the name of the school wrong!

    • Jeff

      Okay, and then I misspelled a word.  So there’s that.

  • Jamie251

    Can you remove the ad the is blocking this interesting story????? I cannot read this kid’s great accomplishments!!!!!!!!

  • Coolglok_ido

    CONGRATULATION TO THE YOUNG NIGERIAN SCHOOLAR, HE HAS MADE US PROUD.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAVIKCHVGKGL6TE3HGRF4D7F7Y Ewang Roland

    good job emmanuel…best wishes to u

  • OuyevolituB

    Don’t get me wrong, 3.98 is almost perfection, but you’re telling me that nobody in the history of Johns Hopkins ever got a 4.0?

  • ManManManMan

    Do two things my friend. Help US because she helped you to be where you are today and also help your country because that’s where you are from and your old friends might need your help. Congrats!!!! 

  • Gordon Andrews

    Shame there are spelling mistakes in the article’s title; it’s Johns Hopkins, not John Hopkins …

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