A Young Nigerian, Ufot Ekong who is currently schooling at Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan has made history by solving a 30-Year-Old Japanese Math Equation, consequently has been awarded the Nation’s Presidential Award. He is the first Nigerian to bag such an award in the University’s history.
Ufot Ekong is now just good at mathematics, he is also very fluent in English, Japanese, French, Yoruba, and Ibibio. He has also scored the best grades in the University’s history.
During his days at the university, he also earned six awards for academic excellence, including the Overall Best graduating student award.
The Nigerian student also has a master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a doctorate in Power Electronics and Motor drives. Both of these degrees are from Tokai University.
Answering question on how he managed to solve the 30-year-old math equation, Ufot said:
“It is an electrical problem involving mathematics and my entire research team is not allowed to discuss details of academic research, patents, and trade secrets as it regards electric vehicles. We are constrained by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss such projects,” Ekong told the Youth Alive Foundation.
Currently, Ekong — who is based in Japan — plays the saxophone in his free time and is also the founder of Strictly African Japan, a retail and accessories shop based in Tokyo that is, according to Face2Face Africa, “among the scores of Africans who have set up shops in Japan to share a piece of African culture with the Japanese.”
It bears noting, too, that the Nigerian student is completely self-sponsored — no grants from either Japan or Nigeria, nor is he on any scholarships — and despite all of the press surrounding his achievements, he has not been formally interviewed by any outlet to date.
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