A young Nigerian man named Okoro Benjamin has set an outstanding record as the first Nigerian to bag Pharmacy degree with a 4.65 cumulative grade point at Voronezh State University in Russia.
Okoro Benjamin is an Anambra native in Nigeria who moved to Russia after high school. He graduated from Federal Government College in Anambra as a top student scoring 8As distinction out of the 9 subjects he sat for in his senior secondary school certificate exam.
After high school, Benjamin tried to get admission into the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state in Nigeria, but he was not admitted because he did not meet the university’s cut-off mark.
Benjamin later sat for the Nigeria Federal Scholarship Board Exam which he passed and he was immediately enrolled to study Pharmacy at Voronezh State University in Russia.
Benjamin said that he feels great to have studied Pharmacy at Voronezh State University being one of the best university in Russia. He mentioned that Nigerians who took the Federal Scholarship Board Examination were mostly sent to study at Moscow, Kazan, or other cities but for the first time in a long time, He was sent to Russia.
He also added that he expected to achieve this feat as he was one of the most brilliant student in his faculty right from his first year. He mentioned that in his first year one of his lecturers commended him for being the first person in 10 years of the faculty’s inception to score a mark in one of his courses.
”In my 1st year, after passing my Botanical examination, the lecturer told me I was the first person in 10 years to ever get such a score. That was when I knew something big was coming,” he said.
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Benjamin said the pharmaceutical faculty is a strict one, stating that he studied all the subjects under Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutical Economics in the Russian language and he is happy the struggles and hard work he put into them resulted into a great feat.
”This is a great achievement and I feel excited because a lot of hard work went into this, a lot of sleepless nights, and a lot of victories over struggles. I achieved this while studying in a foreign language,” he said.
Apart from being an exceptional student n the university, Benjamin is also the president of the Association of Nigerian Scholarship Students in the Russian Federation with over 500 active students in the organization.
Benjamin said he will be giving back to his country by working to improve the healthcare and drug system after graduation.
”I just want to give back to my home country that sponsored me all these years. I want to improve our healthcare systems if given an opportunity’s conducted lots of research on drugs that I believe will play a major role in our health system. I hope to replicate this in Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” he said.