There are honours which are special. My mother built a trophy case for me since I was in secondary school. But this one is so special because it is coming from my seniors and my professors: listed on Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) website as one of the 4 notable alumni. FUTO has tens of thousands of graduates around the world. To be in the Notable Four is a moment.
FUTO was the most challenging university I attended because of the culture shock. When I arrived from the village (Ovim, Abia state) to the university in Owerri (first time in the city), I was lost with living in a dorm, eating buka food, etc. But waking up at 4am to get a seating position for a class starting at 9am, in the old Lake Nwaebere campus, was normal as in the village I used to go to the village stream to fetch water before school.
Late last year when I visited to deliver the University Convocation Lecture, the Vice Chancellor hosted me in the VC wing. We spent 45 minutes discussing our university. As I walked out, students gathered for autographs, I became emotional.
My message today is this: Believe in the Promise of Tomorrow. Our world is good and be optimistic about it. Yes, anything is possible with life. That is my name: Ndubuisi – “life is first”. #Believe---