A Nigerian, Ifesinachi Nelson Ezeh, has won international acclaim for finishing his Masterâ€™s degree at Saint Petersburg Agrarian University in Russia with distinction and for his edge-cutting research in Agronomy. His feat earned him a Ph.D scholarship. HANNAH OJO writes on the exploits of the youngster whose aim is to tackle the food crisis in his fatherland.
Ifesinachi Nelson Ezeh, a 26-year-old Nigerian, has dazzled Russia with his brilliance. The Nsukka, Enugu State-born student finished his Masterâ€™s degree in Agronomy at Saint Petersburg State Agrarian University, graduating with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 â€“ the highest Russia has ever recorded.
Ifesinachiâ€™s feat was celebrated by Russians during the universityâ€™s graduation. Russiaâ€™s Ministry of Agriculture and the school leadership showered encomiums on him, praising his dedication to quality research and academic excellence.
His journey to success started from a newspaper in 2008, when he read about a scholarship scheme to study in Russia. Then, he had just enrolled at the Nigerian College of Aviation Studies in Zaria, Kaduna State. But, Ifesinachi forfeited the admission for the scholarship.
â€“ Ifesinachi Nelson Ezeh, a 26-year-old Nigerian.
â€“ His feat earned him a Ph.D scholarship.
â€“ Enugu State-born student finished his Masterâ€™s degree in Agronomy at Saint Petersburg State Agrarian University.
â€“ Graduating with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 the highest Russia has ever recorded.
â€“ Ifesinachiâ€™s research on species of Aegilops won him recognition from the Science Community in the Europe.
â€“ In the course of the study, Ifesinachi discovered inadequacies in the previous researches carried out by scholars in the field.
â€“ After his research, it was discovered that previous researchers falsified records and gave the Russian government wrong information about the Aegilops species.
â€“ Ifesinachiâ€™s results enabled the Russian government to update plant bank gene collections with effective genes.â€“ Ifesinachiâ€™s feat improved the ratings of Saint Petersburg State Agrarian University and fetched him a scholarship for his Masterâ€™s degree.
â€“ He completed his undergraduate degree with a CGPA of 4.92 and finished his Masterâ€™s degree with a CGPA of 5.0 â€“ a distinction.
â€“ While his academic feat was being celebrated by the Russians, he was unsung by his country
â€“ Ifesinachi said he did not get any commendation from the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow.