Joel Eleojo Adams will become the first non-British to be commissioned as an Aero-Systems Specialist Engineer to the rank of a Flying Officer in the British Royal Air Force by Thursday, January 11.
According to information obtained on Bayelsa News Portal, Joel, who obtained his BEng (1st class honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was the valedictorian of his graduation year at the Niger Delta University and also a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID).
He wrote on his Facebook Page:
“I will be receiving of one of the most respected and highly prestigious honours in the land, awarded by Her Majesty, the Queen. This is humbling!
“I was emotional this evening as I reflect on my journey – the humble beginning, the sacrifices, the grace of God, and the accomplishments.
“It is not so much about the accomplishment as it is about where I’m coming from. Boy-o-boy, this barrack pikin has come very far o! Only those of my background will understand.”
After completing a Master’s degree in Control Systems at the famous Imperial College London, he went further to obtain his PhD in Industrial Systems and Manufacturing Engineering from the prestigious University of Cambridge.
Joel began his career at Ford Motors UK as the BOM Lead Project Analyst for Battery Electric Vehicles.
With great potential of his research work for military application, he was enlisted and shortly after awarded the Queen’s Commission as an Officer in the British Royal Air Force. He has also been made a British citizen shortly after.