Okolie Elvis Anyaehiechukwu, in his early 20s, emerged as the best graduating student of University of Calabar in the 2016/2017 academic session with 4.80 CGPA out of the maximum 5.0. He is from the Department Of Public Health, Faculty Of Allied Medical Science!
In this interview with Solutionclass he speaks about his tortuous journey to academic excellence.
1. Tell us about yourself?
I am Okolie Elvis Anyaehiechukwu, a 24year old indigene of Umuduruaku-Obor in Orlu local government area of Imo state. The last child in a loving family of 11. I am a youth advocate, researcher and social mobiliser dedicated to making the world a better place.
2. Why did you choose Public Health?
Public Health has proven to be the best course to study if you intend to make monumental impact and leave a legacy on earth. I chose Public Health because it is the course that offers me a rare platform to create the world we want (a world where everyone realises their birth right of health and longevity).
3. What were the things you found interesting about Public Health?
Every aspect of Public Health is intriguing as they all relate to preventing diseases, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency of the population. To also give a bit of clarity as to areas that stood out for me. Epidemiology, Health Education and Promotion, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Services Management and Quality assurance in health care delivery were areas that fuel my passion in the field.
4. Is Public Health really hard?
There’s no course that is simple and I also believe no course is hard. What matters most is the passion for whatever you are doing regardless of the course. Parents and guardians should also not impose specific courses on their children or wards. Public health is my life and I know my life is not hard.
5. What CGPA did you graduate with and what were your GPA’s in each level for the five years?
I finished with a 4.80 CGPA
6. Given the volume of work, what was your reading pattern?
My reading pattern was very unusual. Prior to the resumption of each semester, I always obtain books and materials for the holiday which is primarily to keep me busy when I am not in my dad’s or mum’s shop. During semesters, I had a routine time of 2am-6am every day but read sparingly in the evenings and in between classes. Developing a strategy that helps you recall and explain perfectly is also important in reading. I also volunteer for organisations such as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, MTVShuga, British Council, AFRIYAN and Initiative for People’s Good Health; combining volunteerism and school was very challenging but the ultimate focus was to make my people and Imo State proud.
7. Having 4.80 CGPA couldn’t have come easy, how did you do it?
How did I do it? I didn’t do it but God did it all. I only knew what I wanted; I projected my visions, gave in a lot of sacrifice and worked day and night to attain this height. It’s funny but I predicted my grade points from year 1 – 5 and I have a screenshot which I could share with you. It takes a lot, but you must have high intelligence quotient to attain a first class degree and also self discipline.
8. What advice do you have for other students?
The first piece of advice is that self-discovery is paramount to achieving excellence. It is also pertinent to have an ability to critically discern in many situations of life. I encourage students to look out for opportunities to enhance their skills and competencies and after school. It is pertinent that they also know certain tips which were helpful to me; confidence in oneself, priority setting, consistent preparation, time management, crazy but brilliant friends, strategic examination delivery and legible writing, insatiable desire to be the best wherever you find yourself, mum’s prayers and above all, God’s grace.
He Is Also The Current Igwe Of Malabor..UNICAL