Young Best-Graduating Student With 5.0 CGPA Gets PhD Scholarship To Study At Stanford University

Young Best-Graduating Student With 5.0 CGPA Gets PhD Scholarship To Study At Stanford University

  • A Nigerian student has been selected as one of the 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University
  • David Akanmu finished as the best-graduating student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), bagging a perfect CGPA of 5.0
  • David would be pursuing a PhD at Stanford University, majoring in Energy Science and Engineering

A graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has bagged a scholarship to pursue his PhD in the USA.

David Akanmu performed exceedingly well as a student in UNILAG, graduating as the best.

David Akanmu got a scholarship to study in USA.
David was the best graduating student of UNILAG in 2024. Photo credit: X/David Akanmu.
Source: UGC

David studied engineering at UNILAG between 2017 and 2022. He was the school's valedictorian during the 54th convocation in January 2024.

The brilliant scholar is about to embark on another academic pursuit abroad after being selected as a 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

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An announcement on Tuesday, May 7, indicated that David was one of the five Africans selected for the Stanford University scholarship.

UNILAG released a statement on its website about David's academic prowess, stating that he has made the school proud.

The school noted that it was the only African university with a student among the 90 cohorts.

The school said:

"University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria has underscored its position as an international springboard for success as the Best Graduating Student (BGS)/Valedictorian at its 54th Convocation Ceremonies, David Akanmu has been selected as a 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholar. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, OON, FAS, on behalf of University Senate, and community congratulates David Akanmu on this feat."

At the 2024 UNILAG convocation ceremony, David graduated with a perfect CPGA of 5.0

When he posted his story on X, it went viral, attracting a lot of congratulatory messages from Nigerians.

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David will pursue a PhD in Energy Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

Nigerian lady bags a degree in mathematics

Meanwhile, a Nigerian lady successfully completed her studies and bagged a master's degree in mathematics.

On her graduation day, the lady rocked a beautiful native attire, which made her stand out from other graduates.

She said she is called the Iyalaje of mathematics, and many Nigerians have praised her for achieving the feat.

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