Eighteen-year-old, Chinasa Nweze, a former student of Lagoon School, Lekki, Lagos State, on Tuesday emerged the best overall in West Africa in the May/June 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Nweze beat over 1, 500,000 million candidates that sat for the school exam in the five member countries in the sub region.
She and two other students who placed second and third position respectively in the International Excellence award were rewarded at the 70th Annual meeting of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) held in Abuja.
The award ceremony attracted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, top government functionaries from four other member countries.
In the May/June 2021 WASSCE, Nweze obtained eight As. She also emerged the best overall in the Nigeria by beating over 1.5million candidates.
The second position in West Africa went to a Ghanaian student, Asante Brako, who also recorded eight As in the school exam.
Asante, a former student of Presbyterian Boy’s Senior High School, Legon-Accra, Ghana, is currently studying Computer Science at Ashesi University College, Accra, Ghana.
Another 18-year-old Nigerian, Edeani Godswill, obtained eight As in May/June 2021 WASSCE.
The Vice President acknowledged the outstanding performance of the three students and urged other SS111 students to emulate the best students.
Osinbajo said by the performance of Nweze and Edeani in the May/June 2021 WASSCE, they have done the country proud.
Osinbajo presented the international and national awards to the best WASSCE students.
While the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the awards to the outstanding students would spur others to do well in the May/June 2022.