Pius Ojemolon caught the attention of Nigerians on Social Media after he bagged 19 awards at the last Convocation ceremony of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Thursday.
The Edo state indigene, a Medicine and Surgery graduate received the Best graduating student in Pathology, Best graduating student in Pharmacology, Best graduating student in Community Health, Best graduating student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Best graduating student in Internal Medicine, Best graduating student in Surgery, Best graduating student in the School of Medicine among others.
“I’m from Edo State, Ekpoma to be precise. I’m from a family of three. I have an elder sister and a younger brother. My primary education was obtained at Licia Private School while my secondary school was Covenant Christian Academy. Recently graduated from the University of Benin. So all my education has been in Benin,” he told BellaNaija with a smile.
Speaking on how he was able to accomplish this great feat, Pius said:
Medical school was tough but interesting at the same time. I met a lot of inspirational lecturers and doctors, and I belonged to an amazing set (we call ourselves the #AvantiNation) where I met amazing persons.God’s grace is the secret. That’s all I can attribute it to. My parents did the very best they could, and I’m eternally grateful to them. To Nigerian students, you can achieve all your dreams if you believe and work towards it. Be willing to learn and you will.
When asked if any other aspect of his life suffered as he focused on his studies, Pius said:
I try to maintain some balance in my life, and I’m into sports a lot. I was my faculty director of sports from 2012 to 2014, and I was the football team manager from 2014 till I graduated. I try to maintain some balance in my life, and I’m into sports a lot. I was my faculty director of sports from 2012 to 2014, and I was the football team manager from 2014 till I graduated. With my Faculty’s football team, we won the NIMSA (Nigerian Medical Students Association) Games football competition in 2014 and came second two years later in 2016.
Pius and 3 of his friends founded a website – thefourmuskets.com.ng – where they analyse sports.
Pius has also received other awards during his time in the university. “I’ve gotten awards previously from my class, the University of Benin Medical Students Association, and the Nigerian Medical Association. I’ve also participated in several intercollegiate quiz competitions, and I won some,” he said.
He was awarded the Most Outstanding Medical Student for his superb performance in the third professional Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Pathology and Clinical Pharmacology examination in 2015.
The 23-year-old says the next step for him is Housemanship, and he admonishes Nigerian students to be driven and motivated to accomplish their dreams.
Congratulations Pius! We wish you more success in your future endeavours.