Iniobong Ekponta, Uyoss
For being the best graduating student in Masters programme in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the recent convocation of the Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, Miss Christiana Esio Okwong Udoh, has been offered scholarship by the institution to do her a Doctorate Degree. According to sources, the teenage prodigy has been making her marks academically since she arrived the institution on the platform of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship for her Master’s programme.
With the students’ population of over 14,000 drawn from over 100 countries of the world, Miss Udoh, according to source was making waves and was capable of making Akwa Ibom and Nigeria proud. According to her father, Hon. Esio Okwong Udoh, shortly after the convocation, said her daughter’s unassailable academic brilliance has been standing her out as the best in academic excellence since 2006 at the Air Force Secondary School in the State.
Udoh, a former member of the House of Representatives exuding with joy, said “my daughter is only repeating what he had done in 2012” recalling that as a student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, in 2012, her daughter had dwarfed others to emerge one of the best in her department.
“She polled the best result ever scored by a female student since the institution was established in 1959” Udoh recalled many feats by her daughter since 2006 to include carting 15 out of 21 prizes up for grab by outstanding students of the Air force Secondary School; NNPC Science Quiz Competition and other academic laurels from the State government. For these, the former lawmaker was full of praises for her daughter’s feat and for the NDDC for granting her partial scholarship for Master’s programme at the Imperial College of London and urged the Commission to extend similar gestures to other academically proficient students from the Niger Delta region.