- A fresh graduate has done the unthinkable in a department in Imo State University
- Mbagwu Johnpaul Chiagoziem graduated with a 4.51 CGPA to emerge the first-ever first-class student department of industrial physics in IMSU will produce
- He said he was motivated to go for the record because his coursemates and senior colleagues said it was not possible to graduate with a first-class in the department
A young man has made history and done himself proud after breaking a 39-year-old record that had existed in an IMSU department.
Mbagwu Johnpaul Chiagoziem graduated with a 4.51 in a 5.0 grading system to emerge the first student ever to bag a first-class honour in the department of industrial physics in IMSU.
Johnpaul who hails from Isiala Mbano in Imo State said it was not an easy task studying physics.
In a statement made to the University's 17th Republic Students' Union Director of Information and Media Comr. Duru Victor as seen by Legit.ng on Facebook, he said he was motivated to study to graduate with a first-class because his coursemates and senior colleagues always told him that it had never been done before.
And he turned that into a challenge and motivation and today it is a dream turned reality.
"... My coursemates and senior colleagues do say [then] no one can graduate with first class. I told them I'm a different person, that I will graduate with that [first class] by God's grace."
He was also full of praises for one of his lecturers identified as Prof. T. C. Chineke who, according to him, was pivotal to his academic success.
He recounted how the academic will always challenge him to finish with nothing short of first-class, a challenge he'd later embrace.
His usual response to his favourite lecturer's challenge of graduating with a first-class was "Prof, by God's grace I will break the record in this department."
Though he finished in 2019, he got a receipt of the certificate and confirmed the achievement on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Mbagwu also has an impressive 10 research papers to his credit.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported how a Nigerian student in the Philippines, Fetimi Balogun Bebetebe, broke a university's 55-year-old record.
Though he broke the record in 2017, according to a testimony shared on TB Joshua Ministries Facebook page, the award ceremony came up on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
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