Joy as brilliant man who bagged 1st class in Maths gets over GHc139m scholarship for PhD

Joy as brilliant man who bagged 1st class in Maths gets over GHc139m scholarship for PhD

- A young man from Sokoto state, Maniru Ibrahim, has made the nation proud as he nailed a €20 million (N9,206,407,800) scholarship fund in Ireland

- The mathematics guru said the victory did not come cheap as he has had to deal with numerous rejections

- Many people congratulated him on social media as they said he is the epitome of how brilliant Nigerians are

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A young Nigerian man, Maniru Ibrahim, from Sokoto state has shown that the country has many great minds.

A first-class graduate of mathematics who finished from Usman Danfodiyo University, the man got a scholarship award worth billions in naira for his PhD programme, Daily Star Nigeria reports.

After 20 rejections, young Nigerian man finally gets scholarship worth N2bn
The man said that he is really happy about it all. Photos sources: @NigeriaStories, @ManirMaths
Source: UGC

The €20 million (N9,206,407,800) scholarship is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in the Foundation of Data Science.

He will be getting a yearly allowance of €18,500 (N8,515,927.22) for the duration of his four-year programme. The scholarship funds also include travel and accommodation allowances for conferences related to his studies.

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In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Nigeria, the man said that he had his primary, secondary and university education all in Sokoto and was posted to Zamfara to serve.

He revealed that he was a while ago shortlisted for a master’s program for theoretical physics in Italy where only three Nigerians were picked.

Ibrahim said that when rejections became much for his PhD, he was dampened. He stated the PhD programme he was given is the first of its kind and he is the only African to ever get it.

When news of his victory got to Twitter, below were the things people had to say:

@AdewoleAdewuyi2 said:

"Congratulations Maniru Ibrahim."

@SenenIyorkaa said:

"Congratulations to the young man. Wish him the very best."

@iam_abdoulmajid said:

"Inspiring mehn! He’s someone I know like personally. He even taught and a friend maths."

@emsuraaj said:

"Indeed, a very good and hard working student."

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@m_chantu said:

"A good Nigerian there proving our value to the world. Wishing him the best."

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a 17-year-old Nigerian teenager, Victory Yinka-Banjo, who had nine A's in WAEC in 2020 is in the news again for even greater things.

Victory was offered full scholarships by Ivy League schools; Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard, and Brown College in both the US and Canada to the tune of more than $5 million (N1,902,500,000).

The teenager said the whole development came as very surprising to her, adding that she never thought any school would even offer her admission.

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