After four years of striving for excellence in the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK), two young men who were roommates defied the odds to graduate with a first class.Apart from sharing the same middle name, Henry Ikenna Ozor and Joshua Ikenna Akuchi, seem to have a lot in common.The two were classmates in secondary school, and when they met as undergraduates in the faculty of Engineering of UNIZIK, they became roommates. Years down the line, the pair conquered expectations when they both graduated with first class degrees, and even finished as best graduating students from their departments Henry who hails from Iwollo in Ezeagu local government area of Enugu state, finished with a 4.85CGPA to become the best graduating student in the entire faculty of Engineering.While Joshua who hails from Ezza North local government in Ebonyi state, finished with a 4.66CGPA and emerged the bestgraduating student of the Mechanical Engineering department.
The pair seem to always challenge each other, because when they represented UNIZIK at the national Engineering competition which was organised by the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology (CODET), Joshua emerged the first runner-up while Henry came in second.Narrating their journey and their success story to CAMPUS LIFE, the pair who went to school on scholarship said: Henry: “As an indigent student, I had a challenge of paying my fee.I remember I could not pay school fees and house rent when I was in 100-Level. I would have lost my admission,because I had no financial support.I searched for scholarship, and I wrote many examinations as possible. By the grace of God, I got scholarship from ABC Transport Company, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Chevron/Agbami Joint Venture.I was also encouraged and financially supported by Allied Energy. The money I got from these companies yearly helped me to pay my fees and buy books.” nawaJoshua: “I squatted in a friend’s hostel for about eight months when I was in 100-Level until I got money to pay my rent. Like Henry, I also applied and wrote many scholarship examinations.