The Abia State University, Uturu during her combined 27th and 28th Convocation ceremony graduated 5,712 students. However, one student stood out of the crowd, having distinguished himself in character and learning.
Ben Udechukwu 48, a writer and public affairs analyst emerged as Abia State University best graduating Law Student. A native of Orlu in Imo state; Ben is a Journalist, Public Relations/Advertising Consultant and now a Lawyer.
Udechukwu is the Principal Consultant of 3CL, a Computer and Communications Company with a bias in digital marketing and business administration; a former Lineage correspondent, Sunray Newspapers (now defunct), CAF ONLINE reporter and Vanguard Newspapers and the publisher of BEN UDECHUKWU.COM, an online news medium.
Udechukwu was a former Personal Assistant to the Chief of Staff to then-Governor; T. A. Orji, former Senior Legislative Aide to the Deputy Speaker of the 6th Abia House of Assembly; Cosmos Ndukwe and till date Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Education requires costly resources, like time and money, which are often hard to find. But those who do invest these resources, often end up richer – not just because they often improve their financial situation, but because their minds are richer too.
According to Benjamin Franklin; “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”.
Little wonder Udechukwu trained at different times in Federal Polytechnic, Oko, The Polytechnic Calabar, Cross River State (now Cross River University of Science and Technology) and Abia State University Uturu, University of Nigeria Nsukka; graduating as the BEST student in all the higher institutions he attended.
Indeed, learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.
Udechukwu who was born in the early ’70s graduated with a first-class and a cumulative grade point average of 4.63 in Law; a feat deserving of accolades.
As a foremost state University in Nigeria founded in 1981, Abia State University has maintained its leadership within and beyond the Eastern heartlands of Nigeria. It has remained resilient in the acquisition and dissemination of ICT-driven skills, comparable to graduates anywhere in Africa; Ben Udechukwu’s accomplishment in an institution like Abia state university should be celebrated.
He is the winner of Onyebuchi Ememanka’s ₦500,000 prize for the best graduating student, Chief Ume Kalu’s ₦150,000 prize for the best graduating Student, Dr Uchenna Emelonye’s ₦100,000 prize for the best student in Human Rights Law and Late Chief P.S. Owunna’s ₦100,000 prize for the best graduating student.
Udechukwu who has since been called to the bar has authored two books; Public Relations: Issues and Challenges and COSMOS: Cylinder of Skill and Industry (an authorised biography of Dr Cosmos Ndukwe).
Udechukwu is married with children.