Seventeen year-old Akintade Akanbi, a pupil of Osogbo Grammar School, Osogbo, Osun State who recently emerged as the best young scientist in Nigeria, said he intends to study medicine and surgery at Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan.
Akintade, who emerged as the best young scientist in Nigeria after taking the first position in the 2020 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition organized by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, stated this in a recent interview with newsmen.
In his words, “I intend to study medicine and surgery. I plan to attend the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.”
Akintade added that he initially planned to study mechanical engineering, and medicine and surgery at the same time, but later realized that it might be difficult, if not impossible to study the two courses simultaneously.
When asked about whether the reason he defeated learners from privately owned schools across the country is that private schools are sometimes overrated or because he and his school were the outstanding ones, he disagreed, saying it all depends on the quality of teachers.
In his words, “it depends on the quality of teachers in the school. Some people believe private schools are overrated. In the last two years, you will observe that public schools have been moving up in terms of educational standards. I believe very soon, many public schools will have better ratings than privately-owned ones.”
The young man whose main aspiration is to become a great doctor also described the moment he greeted the President with a handshake as a memorable and an unforgettable moment and day for him.
President Muhammadu Buhari have also granted full scholarship up to Ph.D. level to Akintade and two runners-up in the competition that involved science secondary school students from the 774 local government areas in the Country.