By Abimbola Ogunnaike
A student of Anglican Girls Secondary School (AGSS) Nnewi, Anambra state, Ejikeme Joy, has emerged as the overall best student in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with an aggregate score of 362.
Joy’s scores in English Language, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry were broken down as 98, 89, 94, and 81 respectively.
The state Commissioner for Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, commended her performance, describing it as “excellent and very outstanding”.
The state government also reacted to the news, with a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Charles Soludo, Christian Aburime, saying that Ejikeme’s excellent feat brought joy and celebration to her school and Anambra state as her teachers, parents, and fellow students were thrown into a euphoric and exhilarating mood.
The statement reads, “Anambra state has once again demonstrated its pride of place as the cradle of academic excellence in the country. “Following the outstanding result, Anambra state Commissioner of Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, has commended the brilliant performance by Ms Ejikeme Joy, describing it as “excellent and very outstanding.
“This result has demonstrated the investment and priority the administration of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo accords the education sector in the state.
“This outstanding performance of Ejikeme has, indeed, brought joy and happiness to every Ndi-Anambra.
“We are proud of her, and we will monitor her academic progression as she pursues whatever career she desires. We are proud of her, and grateful to Governor Soludo for giving top priority to education in the state.”
Ejikeme Joy’s outstanding performance has also elicited reactions from the public, with many Nigerians congratulating her on social media platforms.