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Young African man emerges best student in Medicine and Surgery at UI, wins PhD scholarship to UK Cambridge University

An exceptional African man named Segun Afolajimi has emerged best graduating student of University of Ibadan, Nigeria with an outstanding first-class honors which earned him a PHD scholarship to University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Segun Afolajimi obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in Nigeria as the best graduating student with a first-class honors.

After his Bachelor’s degree, Segun proceeded to University of Oxford through the Clarendon Scholarship for his Masters degree in Integrated Immunology. During his Masters program, Segun applied for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and competitive awards globally. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

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Segun was awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship for his doctorate degree studies in Cancer Immunology after graduating as the overall best graduating student of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and best graduating student of his class for the year 2019.

Segun attributed his success to his family, thanking them for making sure he got an education despite their financial challenges. He also expressed his gratitude to his teachers who contributed their knowledge into developing him.

”I am forever indebted to all those who have contributed to my growth, some of whom I do not even know. I am grateful to my family for making sure I got an education even when my background meant it could easily have been otherwise,” he said.

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”I have been blessed with supportive teachers, mentors and friends from elementary school through medical school, and I am thankful for their efforts,” he added.

Advising student who wants to and are already in the medical field, Segun said they should remain dedicated and make use of the opportunity of networking that comes their way.

”My advice to current students is to actively seek and make the most of opportunities. I encourage that they build meaningful rapport with colleagues and faculty to foster growth and lifelong relationships,” he said.

Segun said he wants to be a clinician-scientist delivering compassionate patient care and doing impactful cancer research later in the future. He is currently the Co-founder of Ganglion Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization focused on empowering students on career development, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

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