Wise Nigerian Mum Who Competed With Her Smart Son in JAMB-UTME Opens Up, Says "I'm Glad He Won"

Wise Nigerian Mum Who Competed With Her Smart Son in JAMB-UTME Opens Up, Says "I'm Glad He Won"

  • On Tuesday, May 17th, news broke that a Nigerian mum identified as Michelle Buchi Okoye decided to register and sit for JAMB exams with her son
  • A friendly competition ensued between the two of them as it became a matter of who would score the highest aggregate mark in the examination
  • The boy scored 243 to beat the mum who scored 230; Legit.ng reached out to the mum and has found out that the boy also worked temporarily and earns a salary

Okoye Precious Chinemerem, the 17-year-old boy who competed with and defeated his mum in JAMB-UTME also worked for some time before the exams and earned a salary.

The boy and his parents are from Anambra state and he intends to go to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

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Okoye Precious Chinemerem, 17 scores 243 in JAMB-UTME to defeat his mum who scored 230.
Chinemerem is set to study in UNIZIK, Awka. Photo credit: Photos provided to Legit.ng by Michelle Buchi Okoye.
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His mum, Michelle Buchi Okoye told Legit.ng that it is part of the training they are giving the boy to learn the dignity of labour.

He worked as a cashier in 2021

Before the UTME examination he wrote with his mother, Chinemerem worked as a cashier and his salary was saved for him by his parents.

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His mum said:

"He worked for three months as a shop cashier last year. After JAMB registration, he resumed his lessons January this year. The job is still part of the training process. Dignity in labour.
"I saved his salary for him, and he requested we buy a phone for him which was done. The phone is in terrible condition right now. We promised to get him an android phone because the phone he is using is very bad. Again, I've been praying to God to provide a scholarship opportunity for him."

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The new smartphone would be a reward for Chinemerem's victory in the academic competition. When she was asked if she would compete again with any of her children, her answer was in the affirmative. She said she is happy that Chinemerem is better than her.

Kano Keke rider writes JAMB-UTME, set to go to school

In a related story, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian Keke rider wrote JAMB-UTME and scored 150.

The determined man identified as Abdul Hakeem said his intention is to go to the Kano State Polytechnic, Kano and study Office Technology Management.

He equally intimated that he is not going to stop riding his Keke as he will be riding and paying his fees.

Source: Legit.ng

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Israel Usulor (Human-Interest editor) Israel Usulor is a journalist who has 9 years of experience. He worked at The Prime Newspaper and has published articles in TheCable Newspaper. Israel graduated with distinction from Fidei Polytechnic (Mass Commun, 2016). Israel has interviewed Zannah Mustapha, the man who helped negotiate the release of Chibok Girls, and Kunle Adeyanju, who rode a bike from London to Lagos. He covered exclusive stories on Chef Dami during her Guinness World Records cookathon. Email: israel.usulor@corp.legit.ng.

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