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Best student in UTME 2019
Ekene Franklin Ezeunala is the highest scoring candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
With a total mark of 347 out of 400, Ekene scored higher than the One million, eight hundred and eighty-six thousand, five hundred and seven (1,886,507) other candidates with whom he registered for the examination.
He did not attend a school that is blessed with a state-of-the-art library, air-conditioned classrooms, heavily equipped science laboratory, lush green playing fields, generally plush ambience, or that is sited in an upscale neighbourhood.
He is also not chauffer-driven to and from school with lunch packs laced with assorted beverages and confectionaries.
Like some of his schoolmates, Ekene Franklin Ezeunala treks for 45 minutes to get to school- Meiran Community Senior High School, located in Meiran, one of the backwater communities in the state.
He repeats the exercise on his way back. But all these imperfect conditions and challenges did not stop him from excelling in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) where he beat over one million others to emerge the candidate with the best score.
If Ezeunala’s feat shocked everyone else, especially in the light of what public schools in these climes are synonymous with, his teachers and schoolmates were not surprised at all. This is because he has always worked hard enough to remain peak of the pack.
Ezeunala attended a private school in Akoka area of Yaba, but when his parents relocated to Meiran, rather than send him to a mushroom private secondary school, they settled for Meiran Community Senior High School, which was also their son’s preferred choice.
The young Ezeunala said he settled for school after finding out that it once produced a one-day governor, who is usually the winner of the state’s spelling bee competition.Reminiscing his feat, Ezeunala, who is from Imo State said: “It was fine coming tops.
When I heard the news, I did not believe it initially. So, I went to sleep, woke up to hear the news again then it dawned on me that it was indeed true, and that I was not dreaming.
“I was also very surprised to hear the news not because I did not prepare well for the examination, but because I know that there are lots of brainy students in Nigeria.
So, I felt it would be a difficult task to be able to get to the top position. This was the main reason that I was shocked on hearing my score initially,” said Ezeunala, who said his target was to score 370 and above.
On how he prepared for the examination, Ezeunala, whose father is a retired NITEL staff and mother, a private school teacher said: “I just read and study with my group because I belong to a three-man study group who are my classmates.
I read normally even when there is no examination in sight, I study past examinations and I practice a lot with them.
The competitions that I have participated in also helped me a lot. Personally, I do not read many hours at a stretch, but I read and play a little with what I have read, and relating them with things in my surroundings.
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“Sometimes, I and my reading group members challenge ourselves aside doing private reading at home, but I did not have any special home tutorial from any teacher.”
On what prompted the formation of the study group, he said: “We just got attracted as classmates since we started Senior Secondary One because we seem to like the same subjects- mathematics and sciences.
“There is no rigid format in the way we operate, we meet regularly but no fixed time and schedule. Sometimes, one of us can just pose a question and we begin to solve it. But we meet mostly during and shortly after school hours.”
Ezeunala’s success in the UTME was not a fluke. He has always been a trailblazer coming tops in competitions where he represents his schools right from his primary school days.
He even had the honour of representing Lagos State during the last Nigeria National Petroleum Competition (NNPC)-sponsored science competition where he finished fourth at the national level.
All these notwithstanding, Ezeunala says he does not operate any choky study scheme all in a bid to excel.
“After school hours, I go home to eat, bath and watch television for some time and then read my books. I love mathematics, physics and chemistry.
So, I read them almost 10 times as much as I read others, but I include them in my study plan.
“My teachers played a very huge role in all of these, and their impact cannot be underestimated. From the encouragement, to advice after participating in some competitions that I did not win, like the NNPC Science Competition, where I came fourth, even though I was targeting the first position,” he said.
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