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24-year-old Nigerian man breaks Japan University 50-year-old record, emerge school’s first-ever 1st class graduate

A 24-year-old Nigerian man named Ufot Ekong has broken the 50-year-old record of Tokai University, Japan, achieving the feat of becoming the first-ever student to graduate with first-class honors.

Ufot Ekong bagged his bachelor’s degree in Robotics and Electrical Engineering with an outstanding grade point average of 5.00 first class honors at Tokai University, Japan.

Ufot made history as the first-ever student to graduate with a cumulative grade point since the university’s inception and was awarded the overall best-graduating student.

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He did not only make history upon graduation, he had also broke a 30-year-old record for solving a mathematical equation that could not be solved for the past 30 years in his first semester at the university.

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He was awarded the best engineering student award in the Faculty of Engineering in the undergraduate category and the Japanese Language Award for foreigners. He earned a total of six awards for his academic excellence at the university.

Ufot also won the university president’s prestigious award for the overall best student. He is the first Nigerian to be a recipient of the award in the school’s history.

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After completing his bachelor’s, Ufot went on to obtain his master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the same Tokai University in Japan. He also bagged his doctorate degree in Power Electronics and Motor drives at the university.

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He told Youth Alive that he sponsored himself through school by combining two jobs together with his studies and he still graduated with excellent grades.

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He is multi-lingual, fluent in English, Japanese, French, Yoruba, and Ibibio. During his Ph.D,  he made an electric car that goes as fast as 128 kilometers per hour. The car drives on charged batteries. 

Ufot said aside from studying, he plays the saxophone in his free time. He is also the founder of Strictly African Japan, a retail and accessories shop based in Tokyo that shares pieces of African culture with the Japanese.

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