Okoro Tinuade, a Nigerian, has emerged the best graduating medical student in Ghana!

Okoro Tinuade claimed 16 prizes at the University of Ghana, Legon, some of which include: The Ghana Medical Association prize for The Best Overall Student in the MBch.B final part II examination, the Ghana Health Service prize for all round best student, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Ghana prize for the best student in gynaecology, and the R.K Obeng prize for the best student in clinical pharmacology. Others prizes include the Nana Preko Ampem II prize for The Best Student in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Archampong prize in Surgery and Harry Sawyerr prize in Medicine and Therapeutics among others.

Born and brought up in Jos, Okoro Tinuade ’s parents are from Ondo State. Her father, Mr. Benjamin Oyedele Okoro, is a retired civil servant while her mother, Mrs. Omotayo Yetunde Okoro, was a nurse untill her death in 2004. Tinuade began her primary school education in 1993 in Plateau Private School, Jos, continued in Rantya Model School, Jos and ended in Camp David Nursery and Primary School, Lagos.

Okoro Tinuade attended Federal Government Girls’ College Akure from 1998-2004 where she was Head Girl in her senior year, following which she  completed some computer training while awaiting admission into university.  She enrolled at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2006 and was admitted into the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), Accra in 2007.

Attributing her feat to God’s mercy and hard work, Okoro said; “Structured learning also helped. You cannot just keep reading without a map, hoping to one day finish the material, you never will if you do not plan to!”

In a letter dated February 28, 2013 and signed by Mrs. Selie Ama Baiden of the office of the Ag. Executive Secretary, office of the Dean, College of Health Sciences of the University of Ghana Medical School, it invited her to its congregation/swearing-in-ceremony of newly qualified medical doctors scheduled for March 23 at the Athletic Oval, University of Ghana, Legon.

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