The National Examinations Council has honoured 15-year-old Chimamanda Onochie of Igbinedion Education Centre in Benin for emerging as the overall best candidate in Nigeria during the 2022 Basic Education Certification Examination.
Chimamanda scored 11As in the 2022 BECE to emerge as the best in the country.
A letter of invitation for the award was on Monday presented to the school by the state coordinator of NECO, Dr Moses Oladipupo, who represented NECO Registrar, Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi.
Responding, the proprietress of the school, Lady Cherry Igbinedion, said the achievement of Chimamanda was the dream she had for the school when it was founded about 40 years ago.
She said, “It is moments like this that we declare that my eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. This was what I envisaged when my husband, Chief Gabriel Igbinefion and I, laid the foundation 40 years ago.
“We wanted to have students who could go beyond their limits. It is such a proud moment for me. Today I had to wake earlier than usual because I insisted that I must be here to give honour to whom honour is due. It is a very great moment for the Igbinedion Education Centre.
“It is a delight to thank Chimamanda Frances Onochie for making the school, and her family proud by achieving this feat,” she added.
She said Chimanda had set a standard among her equals which would now motivate for her classmates to emulate her.
In his remarks, Oladipupo appealed to the parents and the school to keep encouraging the student in order to surmount the challenges ahead, noting that the girl had a very bright academic future.
For Onochie, who hails from Anambra State, she said she would like to be a surgeon.
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