Nigerians never fail to hold their own around the world as far as education is concerned, and in Boubini Jones-Wonni, there is another testament to that “can-do” attribute that reaches for excellence.
As the best graduating student and Valedictorian in her class at Miles College, Birmingham in the United States, Ms Jones-Wonni received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Eurekaposts magazine reports. Her graduation was on the 5th of May 2018, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
She is only eighteen, and will now proceed to the Howard University College of Medicine to train as a physician, starting in July 2018.
Boubini was born and grew up in Nigeria, an Ijaw from Ese-Odo L.G.A of Ondo state. Before leaving at the age of 15, a Special Education Scholarship Programme for Niger Delta students under the Office of The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs had formed a foundation for the heights of scholarship which she has attained. The SESP was flagged-off by the Goodluck Jonathan.
While at Miles, Ms Jones-Wonni was the president of the Honors group, a special group of high achieving students, and was also active in extracurricular activities. Dedication to academics and an eventual summa cum laude did not foreclose interest in student unionism, as she held the position of the secretary of Finance in the Student Government Association.
It is to her credit that she joins a substantial number of Nigerians who demonstrate the ability to be among the best wherever they find themselves. On the other hand, Ms Jones-Wonni’s journey towards medical practice outside Nigerian shores is another reminder on the talents that are go across the border while the local system regresses.
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