Cynthia Ali, who scored A1 in all the nine subjects she sat for in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam has been offered full scholarship up to first degree level in any Nigerian university by the Enugu State Government.
The state government also resolved to present Miss Ali, who emerged best graduating Student of Shalom Academy Nsukka in 201, with a certificate of honour in further recognition of her outstanding academic performance.
Announcing the scholarship shortly after the student was presented before members of the state executive council at the hallowed Chambers of the Council for commendation, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uchenna Eze, who spoke on behalf of the executive, expressed delight at the unprecedented and impressive record.
Prof Eze, who briefed journalists in company with the Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, and the Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Sam Ugwu, alongside the parents and management of the school, added that Ali has made the state proud and deserves the recognition and support of the state government.
He stated that the recognition was also a means of motivation and to encourage others to work hard to excel in their academic endeavours and continue to make their families and state proud.
The government charged her to remain committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, describing her as “a role model.”
Ali, an 18-year-old from Umuagama, Enugu Ezike in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area, has applied to study medicine and surgery at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and has been consistent with her enviable status as the best student of Shalom Academy, Nsukka from JSS1 to SSS3.
The student has also been honoured on two occasions with the Certificate of Merit by the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Enugu State chapter (2016 and 2017).
Some Nigerian Twitter users reportedly raised N425,500 for her in less than one week.