No Shortcut To Glory!

Congratulations are in order for Umeh Kamsiyochukwu Nkechinyere, who received the highest score overall in the JAMB UTME tests held in 2023. I couldn't have been more pleased when I saw her answering questions on a panel discussion that was being shown on national television. You hav

Achunike Okafor, another Nigerian adolescent, scored highest among 2,649 graduates in Newark, New Jersey, in the Class of 2023. Our teens are our best. They indicate a secure future.

When the management of Deeper Life High School, Mowe, Ogun State, rolled out the drums to celebrate the 16-year-old who had brought honor to the school, her achievement attracted national attention because a different person, Ejikeme Mmesoma, was trying to steal the glory of being the highest scorer. Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, a 19-year-old student at Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu Nnewi, protested to the state government that she scored 362 and should have received the highest scorer's award. JAMB had declared Kamsiyochukwu the top scorer with an aggregate score of 360.

The Anambra State administration asked JAMB to verify Mmesoma's 362 score. She was showing a 2021-era printout of her results. Only Mmesoma printed out the old format with a cloned QR code from another 2021 result out of 1,5586,765 2023 exam takers. 2021's lucky result notification design revealed the game. How could one candidate out of 1.5 million have a different certification or score proof?

One naturally supports the underdog. That explains social media's emotional support for the "poor" student. People who have been victimized by government policy and incompetence feel the lowest feelings while thinking about government.

Do-gooders who didn't check their facts complicated the girl's situation. If they wanted truth, those who criticized JAMB for terrorizing a "minor" might have confirmed her age. 19-year-olds are not minors!
JAMB was criticized for shaming the girl. She paraded herself. I didn't see her until she was misguided to release a video that validated her fraud rather than indicting JAMB. The document she was carrying misstates her exam center. The Centre was renamed "Nkemefuna Foundation (Thomas Chidoka Center for Human Development)" in 2021. Why does Mmesoma's paperwork use the center's old name?
She wouldn't have been known if she hadn't introduced herself to the Anambra State government as the 2023 JAMB top scorer. Before her state government misadventure, Innoson Motors awarded her N3 million. Her falsehood was revealed during Anambra State government verification.

After fraudulently collecting N3 million from Innoson Motors' owner, Mmesoma heard that the Anambra State government was going to honor Kamsiyochukwu Umeh as the highest scorer in UTME 2023 and decided to claim to be the rightful winner. She underestimated JAMB's verification layers.

Critics accused JAMB of playing accuser, investigator, and judge. Not true. JAMB uncovered the bogus result. Fraud exists. Teenage fraud has no milder term. The ethnicization endeavor was so abhorrent. Mercifully, Kamsiyochukwu, the real winner, is from Southeast geopolitical zone like Mmesoma. The investigating panel's report revealed that Mmesoma is an Enugu State native living in Anambra, surprising many. The world loves winners; a criminal is soon shown the way to her father's compound!
Mmesoma confessed only when confronted by the jailhouse. If convicted, she would have received seven years in prison for lying. Shakespeare states, “There is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face”. Mmesoma exemplifies.

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Any interested person can verify JAMB's claims of transparency and user-friendliness. Send UTMERESULT to 55019 or 66019 on the phone number used to register for the exam to verify results. The phone number will receive the results immediately.

Google "miracle centres," "high JAMB scores," "how to improve UTME scores," etc. to learn about fraudulent candidates' tactics. Mmesoma and other innocent-looking students know about all the offers. Her accomplices are probably still at large.

JAMB revealed the 2023 UTME winners:

Umeh Kamsiyochukwu Nkechinyere, 360

Stephen Osezuha, 358

358 Ositade Oluwafemi Anthony

Ayinde, 357

Fulfillment Ibhanfiodon, 356,

Ugonna Duruji, 355

Oluwaiomiloiu, 355

Priscilla Adedunni, 355

Oluwagbemisoke 355

Adewale, 355

 Ofonime Idongesit 355

Andrew Onayeme, 355

Our socio-economic crisis makes people want to pass exams at all costs. Society's emphasis on formal tests and certification is a concern. Even though both accomplishment and aptitude examinations reflect the test-taker's talents and abilities, many don't care that JAMB and WAEC are different. Achievement tests assess knowledge, while aptitude tests assess potential to learn.
A kid who regularly ranks top in class may not do well on JAMB. Mmesoma's three-year restriction is light compared to the seven-year sentence.

Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. How did Kamsiyochukwu Umeh, the 2023 UTME top scorer, succeed?

Her accomplishment is due to Deeper Life High School, Mowe's preparation and discipline. She said, “We started preparation immediately after we entered SSS3. The school gave us UTME classes and test pep talks. I also practiced JAMB's prior questions. I read my textbooks and listened to the professors. I applied to Lagos University to study chemical engineering.I'm excited and grateful to my fans and encouragers.

Kamsiyochukwu's mother, Mrs. Umeh, should be proud. I involve her in housework as she studies. A child's success should be holistic, not simply academic.
Kamsiyochukwu, congrats! Achunike Okafor, another Nigerian youngster, obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma from Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey, with a record-breaking 4.625 GPA. Achunike's father, Godfrey Okafor, is proud of his son's accomplishments.

His GPA tops Newark's 2,649 2023 graduates. He received almost 40 scholarships, including from renowned universities: The 18-year-old will study neuroscience at Harvard University, spoiled for choice.

To our two outstanding role models, Kamsiyochukwu and Achunike, I'll quote Pele: "Success is no accident." It's hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you're doing or learning.

Jenny Young

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