14-year-old student with top 2019 UTME score offered $40,000 scholarship


The 14-year-old student who was denied admission by the University of Lagos over age issues was awarded the scholarship during a workshop organised by the institution for schools and parents in Lagos. The school’s representative in Nigeria, Ogechi Ekpe, who spoke at the event, said that the scholarship granted Ekene would cover tuition and boarding for the duration of his programme at the university.

Her words were:
“We have a full scholarship for Ekene. He was supposed to be here today (Friday) but we did not talk about the scholarship today because he was not here. We were to present a scholarship of $40,000 to the boy from year one till he graduates.”

Although Ekene was absent at the event, Ogechi Ekpe noted that he is still qualified for the scholarship:
“We were hoping he would be here today so our president can give him the award. The school is here now. We have to go there and see if we can either take him to Ghana or get our president to come again and give him the scholarship.
The scholarship is for real. It is called the Presidential Scholarship so the school pays everything including the hostel fees.”