I read the news in Sundays Punch. His name is John Yusufu, and a former student of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. He has the best result in the May/June2007 WASSCE where he scored an A1 in all his subjects.
Three former students of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, have emerged tops in the May/June 2007 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, beating over one million candidates to win the West African Examination Council excellence awards.
In the examination, 19-year-old John Yusufu with registration number 4020617/078, emerged the best overall candidate with total score of 661.92, having scored A1 in all his nine subjects.
He received the award at the 46th annual meeting of the Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, which held on Wednesday in Jalingo, Taraba State.
Yusufu, from Gadaka, Yobe State had earlier in his Junior Secondary Certificate examination obtained 10 distinctions in his subjects.
Currently studying on full scholarship at Harvard in United States of America, Yusufu was the head boy at the college.
He had won laurels, awards and prizes throughout his primary and secondary schools, including a certificate of merit in the Nigerian Physics Olympiad organised by the National Mathematics Centre, Abuja.
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And for the record, its quite surprising that our man is from Yobe state. Come to think of it, ‘Yobe of all people’. I mean no offense, but its just to show that if our Northerners take education as prime, they too have a lot in store as far as brainpower is concerned.
For the benefit of information for those who will need it, John Yusufu is part of the United States Achievers Program (USAP), one which helps the best and brightest students to get the most qualitative education around the world.
USAP students represent the best and brightest students of their nation. They aspire to broaden their horizons and share ideas and perspectives with a diverse array of people.
USAP participants are selected for embodying all of the following four qualities: (1) Academic excellence, (2) Demonstrated leadership potential, (3) Ethos of giving back to community, and
(4) Economic disadvantage.
Yusufu John is a Nigerian Usap participant from Fika in Yobe State. He had his primary school education at Our Lady’s in Maiduguri before moving on to Loyola Jesuit College on full scholarship for his secondary education. While at Loyola, John was the Senior Prefect as well as the Captain of the school’s boys soccer team. He represented his school in many competitions such as the Capital Science Quiz Competition and was part of the Abuja team that won the 2007 Nigerian National Petroleum Company Quiz Competition. John has received many academic and sports awards both within and outside Loyola. He was the overall best academic student, best in chemistry, most science oriented, as well as the scholar athlete of his graduating class.
As a result of his family’s poor financial background, John was admitted into Usap in 2007. Using the program’s effective resources, he has gained admission into Harvard College. He has chosen to pursue a course in Chemical Engineering at Harvard and hopes to work at one of the major petroleum companies within Nigeria after graduation to discover better ways of processing crude oil without as much environmental pollution. He will definitely be playing soccer while at Harvard.