A Nigerian teenager has made history.
The 16-year-old wonderkid, Uchegbu Obinna John-Paul from Imo State scored 9 As in the 2022 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams.
He also scored 331 in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams.
Imo OAP Amb Pope Saviola Godwyn shared the news on his social media to celebrate the teenager he mentors.
Showering encomiums on his mentee, Saviola, who shared his results and pictures on Facebook, described Obinna as a brainiac and urged netizens to join in celebrating him.
In a chat with Legit.ng’s Victor Duru, Saviola said Obinna’s results were expected owing to the excellence the lad had demonstrated while under his tutelage and mentorship.
“The results were quite expected considering the times we’ve spent together assiduously working towards achieving those results.
“He loves reading, he even got better than me because I love reading and I’m a prolific writer who always aim to gain knowledge.”
Singing the praises of the kid who hails from Mgbirichi in Ohaji Egbema, the radio personality recalled how he turned his room into a blackboard. “Obinna reads a lot and ahead too, he started reading Biology textbooks for senior secondary school when he was in Jss 2. I could remember him turning his room door to blackboard where he teaches his imaginary friends Biology.
“He wakes up to read at night and is quite jovial too always wanting to know more.” Saviola added: “He’s very decisive about beating records in the family and beyond including that of his father who is a renowned bank auditor.”
According to the OAP, he started mentoring the kid right from his JSS 1. “I started mentoring him when he was in JSS 1 first by being his friend and brother and a trusted confidante. “Helping with his dad to day struggles as it’s not everything teenagers will discuss with their parents. I served as an academic tutor for him.”
Saviola also shared the many other ways he helped the kid.
“I served as a career counselor to him, helping him to brainstorm career possibilities, define career goals and establish action plans to reach those goals. I was and still I’m always in his corner bolstering his self-esteem. Making sure he sees himself as a champion. Recognising and celebrating his successes and working on the failures.
“I helped in making him a better leader by teaching him to relate to different kinds of people. Helped him develop strong communication skills so he can handle any situation.
“Always made sure he has data and airtime for research and study.” Obinna desires to study medicine and surgery at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.