Ufot Ekong, a Tokyo-based Nigerian student, achieved a great feat recently by not only breaking a 50-year-old record in Tokai University, Japan, he indeed solved a mathematical puzzle which had remained unsolved for 30 years. What’s more, he accomplished the last feat just in his first semester in the university.
Ekong studied at Tokai University in Tokyo, made a first class degree in electrical engineering and graduated as best all-round students. He made the best scores at the university since 1965, breaking a whopping 50-year history.
Ekong solved the 30-year-old mathematics equation while he was just in his sophomore year.
His accomplishment, no doubt, brings pride to Nigeria.
While in university, Ekong won six awards for academic excellence despite maintaining two jobs alongside his studies so he could pay his way as a student.
Ekong is not only an engineering genius, he is also a polyglot as he speaks English, French, Japanese and Yoruba, and even won a Japanese language award for foreigners.
He is currently working for Nissan and already has two electronic car design patents to his name.
He is now studying for a Ph.D. For his project, he made the electric car, which travels as fast as 128 kilometres per hour, operating on charged batteries.
Founded in 1924, Tokai University is a prestigious private university based in the Japanese capital.