In a remarkable feat that has garnered international acclaim, Dr. Victor Olalusi, a Nigerian student, has etched his name in the annals of education history by achieving a perfect 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow (RNRMU) in 2013. This astounding accomplishment has been recognized as arguably the first of its kind in the world.
Under the Russia-Nigeria Bilateral Education Agreement, Olalusi pursued his medical studies at RNRMU, and his exceptional academic performance has not only earned him accolades from the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education but also secured him the distinction of being the best graduating student in the entire Russian Federation in 2013.
The extraordinary journey of academic excellence began years before his landmark achievement in Russia. In 2004, Olalusi already proved his brilliance by attaining the best WAEC result. He continued to demonstrate his academic prowess by earning a First Class in Architecture from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in 2005. The accolades continued with his recognition as the Best Science Student in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations in 2006, scoring an impressive 322. That same year, he received the Cowbell Prize Award and made the Medicine First Merit list at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) while achieving the highest OAU Post UME score with 325 marks.
Speaking at the honoring event in Abuja, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, described Olalusi as not just brilliant but a true genius. He marveled at the exceptional feat, stating that even evaluations from various sources found no reason to detract a single point from Olalusi’s perfect score, making it a truly unprecedented achievement.
Mrs. Ifeoma Agunwa, the Director of the Federal Scholarship Board, highlighted that Olalusi’s exemplary performance extended across all the courses he undertook during his seven-year medical studies in Russia. Furthermore, she revealed that he had successfully completed his one-year housemanship training at the State Specialist Hospital in Akure, Ondo State, and was currently participating in the compulsory National Youth Service Scheme in Rivers State.
Representing the Russian Embassy, Mr. Artem Romanov lauded Olalusi’s achievement, emphasizing Nigeria’s wealth of human potential acknowledged in Russia. Romanov hailed Olalusi’s work ethic and talent, which, combined, led to his exceptional academic success.
Acknowledging his rare feat, Olalusi expressed gratitude to God and commended the Federal Government and the Scholarship Board for providing opportunities for young Nigerians to excel. The proud father, Mr. Olarewaju Olalusi, attributed his son’s success to hard work, debunking the notion that high-class schools were the sole pathway to academic excellence.
This historic achievement by Dr. Victor Olalusi serves as an inspiration and testament to the outstanding capabilities of Nigerian students on the global stage. As he continues to be a role model for aspiring young minds, his accomplishments remind us all of the power of hard work, dedication, and the boundless potential that resides within the youth of Nigeria.
(Source: Rising Africa)
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