A young scholar in the department of Anatomy, Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Gabriel Godson Akunna has again shone like a lone star in the midst of other researchers at the just concluded 16th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Society of Experimental and Clinical Anatomist of Nigeria (SECAN) held in Osun State University, Oshogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

At the conference, Akunna was returned the 2017 overall best research presenter. Recall he had won the award in the last three editions of the competition, in 2014, 2015 and 2016respectively.

Gabriel Akunna (L) receiving his prize at the event

His success and meteoric rise in the field of Clinical Anatomy is attributed to the conducive academic environment created by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba whom he described as “a bastion of academic excellence.”

The SECAN overall best researcher said the University parades the best brains in the field of basic medical sciences with vast areas of research interest and specialisations, adding that the Vice Chancellor’s commitment towards global academic best practices is making all staff of the University to be resourceful.

He further expressed his gratitude to the University, saying “I will like to personally thank the University for creating an enabling environment for staff development”, adding that “the University has given us the space to reach for the sky just like eagles.”

Gabriel Akunna being congratulated by members of the Society for the feat

Commending Akunna for his academic dexterity, the Vice Chancellor promised not to rest in his oars until the University attains its vision of a world-class institution, where globally competitive graduates are churned out every year.

He added that the University would continue to support and prepare its staff and students to fulfil their potential and soar like eagles in their respective fields, and called on other staff to emulate the diligence and excellence shown by Akunna in winning the coveted prize for the 4th consecutive time.

Gabriel Akunna at a dinner organized in his honour by the Society

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