The Nigerian High Commission in Accra has presented a cash prize of $1,000 to Dr Okoro Tinuade, for emerging the best graduating student from the University of Ghana Medical School.

Dr Okoro who also emerged the all-round best graduating student swept 16 other awards, including the best overall student in the Bachelor of Medicine (MB Ch B) final part two examinations and also took home the Harry Sawyerr prize for best student in medicine and therapeutics.

In addition to the cash prize, the commission also presented a letter of commendation to her at a ceremony in Accra last Friday.

The Nigerian High Commissioner, Mr Ademola Oluseyi Onafowoka, who made the presentation said the gesture was aimed at encouraging Nigerian students studying in Ghana to emulate the example of Dr Okoro.

He said the achievement of Dr Okoro was a distinctive feat which had never been chalked up by any graduating student in the history of Nigerian students studying in Ghana.

Dr Okoro who attributed her feat to the grace of God said she structured her studies with determination and vision in mind.

“I was told when I began medical school that one should be grateful for a pass. While that may be true and I certainly got a number of passes, I decided to aim for the highest available honour”, Dr Okoro said.