Private Ghanaian university offers $40,000 scholarship to 15-year-old

Private Ghanaian university offers $40,000 scholarship to 15-year-old

A private university in Ghana is offering a scholarship worth $40,000 to a young Nigerian gentleman who scored 347, the highest, in 2019's Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ekene Franklin Ezeunala, the candidate who scored the highest score in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has reportedly been offered a $40,000 or GHC 210,000 scholarship at the Academic City College in Accra.

According, to, the college's senior admissions manager, Ogechi Ekpe, revealed on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the institution for schools and parents at Ikeja, that Ekene's scholarship would cover tuition and boarding for the duration of his programme at the university.

Ekene, who turns 15 on May 27, 2019, is below 16, the minimum age requirement to gain admission into his preferred choice – the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

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But Academic City College's admissions manager reportedly said, “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."

Ekpe said that Academic City College, which offers programmes in Engineering, Business, Communication Arts and Information Technology, accepts students from 15 years of age because it has a system in place to monitor them.

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Ekene's story is reminiscent of Okorogheye Orisheneye David, a 16-year-old boy who was denied admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) because, as learnt, David is not old enough to be in the university by the requirements of UNILAG.

According to the report in a Facebook post coming from Proudly African News, David may never attend the university of his choice even though by the measure of public exams, he is more than qualified.

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