Our Students, Once More, Have Demostrated Our Culture Of Excellence


It is no longer news that University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is still the best in grooming excellent scholars, who can compete victoriously amongst their counterparts in Nigeria and in the world at large. This was demonstrated again, as our students recently added numerous medals to our gallery.


Our student, Mr. Chijioke Kizito Onah, is currently at United Kingdom as he emerged one of the six undergraduates selected alongside Masters and PhD students to participate in the 2017 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Summer School, holding at Bath SPA University, Scotland. The ACU Summer School, which is in its seventh year, is an opportunity for talented university students from around the Commonwealth to come together for an exciting week of expert lectures, group work, field trips, skills development and social events.

Mr. Onah, Chijioke Kizito, who has achieved this feat, is a final year (Combined Arts) student of the department of English and Literary Studies with a minor in History and International Studies. He is a seasoned literary winner, having made UNN proud as winner of several scholarships and writing competitions.

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Mr. Onah, Chijioke Kizito at Bath SPA University, Scotland

Furthermore, three of our students recently broke record in an essay contest organized by African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) in collaboration with Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) for Nigerian undergraduates. Among all the higher institutions in Nigeria that participated in the contest, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions were all won by our students. They include:

  • Ota, Ama Chinonso, a 400 level student of the department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, UNN emerged the 1st prize winner,
  • Ogbaga, Sunday T., a 400 level student of the department of Public Administration and Local Government, UNN clinched the 2ndposition while

Christopher Mercy, a 500 level student of Law UNEC, took the 3rd position.The students with Director General of SON and other dignitaries during the award ceremony at Abuja

The students with Director General of SON and other dignitaries during the award ceremony at Abuja


Again, we are equally delighted to inform you that the first prize winner, Ota, Ama Chinonso, represented Nigeria at the Continental level of the competition, where she defeated other contestants to emerge the 3rd Continental winner. She was subsequently invited to Burkina-Faso where she was honored.

That is not all.  Just last month, 13th July, 2017 precisely, a similar feat was recorded. Two of our students clinched the 1st and third positions respectively in an essay competition organized for Nigerian undergraduates by Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF). They include:

  • Ignatius-Nwokolo, Chidi, a 500 level student of Medicine and Surgery
  • Agbom, Emmanuel, a 400 level of Pharmacy.

Moreover, Six other UNN students were also selected as 2017 NHEF scholars after keenly contested selection processes. They include:

  • Onah, Nicodemus, C. (300 level, Department of Electronic Engineering);
  • Nwikpo, Ogechi (300 level, Department of Mathematics);
  • Cyriacus, Ukamaka (300 level, Department of Economics);
  • Ejiofor, Ifechukwu 300 level, Department of Computer science)
  • Ogbuka, Chioma (recent graduate, Department of Law)
  • Uche, Osita James (recent graduate, Department of Law)

The NHEF essay winners and Scholars at a training section in Lagos

The NHEF essay winners and Scholars at a training section in Lagos

In the same category of feat, few months back, our student, Odonoekuma Onyebuchi Ekuma, a final-year medical student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka was also named the Star winner of the 2nd edition of the Etisalat-DigitalSENSE Students’ Essay Competition.

It is noteworthy to point out at this juncture that these students who have made us proud are members of the University of Nigeria Essayists Group. This is an association that comprises of national and international award-winning essayists and writers from both our UNEC and UNN campuses. The scholars have proudly represented the University and won prestigious essay competitions such as the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) essay competition, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria (CIPMN) annual essay competition, DigitalSense Africa essay competition, Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) annual scholarship essay competition, Ships and Ports annual essay competition, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) essay competition, Women Aid Collective (WACOL) essay competition, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) continental essay competition, IRUL in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund worldwide youth essay competition, Gourmet French scholarship essay competition . . .to mention but a few.

The group was formed to mutually encourage art literature, share tips for winning academic contests; and to groom writers/essayists who will continue to represent University of Nigeria in national and international academic contests.

To the above named students, the university administration is using this medium to congratulate all of you once again. We are proud of you, and we’re equally urging you to keep it up.