Nigerian student in Japan solves maths puzzle that is unsolvable for decades


Ufot-Ekong-maths-702x336A Japanese-based Nigerian has made Nigeria proud through his conduct and academic laurels.

Ufot Ekong achieved the highest grades at a univer­sity in Japan for 50 years and solved a maths puzzle in his first semester that was unsolv­able 30 years ago. Ekong, who studied at Tokai University in Tokyo, achieved a first class degree in electrical engineer­ing and scored the best marks at the university since 1965, the Flotilla Magazine report­ed.

He began his success early at the university, solving a 30-year-old maths equation in his first semester. Through­out his university career Mr Ekong won six awards for academic excellence. The mathematician worked two jobs alongside his studies to pay his way as a student.

Mr Ekong also speaks Eng­lish, French, Japanese and Yoruba and won a Japanese language award for foreign­ers. He is currently working for Nissan and already has two patents for electronic car design to his name.

Tokai University is a presti­gious private university based in the Japanese capital, which was founded in 1924. It is focused on the sciences and technology and roughly 60 per cent of all students are en­rolled in these schools.


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