An Akwa Ibom son, Edidiong Nseowo who made history in the University of Uyo by being the first to graduate from the varsity’s Mechanical Engineering department with a first class degree has bagged a doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas, USA.
Edidiong Nseowo graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Uyo in 2012 with a CGPA of 4.8, thereby making history as the first to pass through the department and emerge with a first class honours.
In 2015, he left the shores of Nigeria for the United States for further academic pursuits, graduating on Saturday 11 May, 2019 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
During the graduation ceremony held in the university campus, Engr Nseowo was spotted with his mom, Ekaette Nseowo and second dad, Essien Ettentia who travelled from Nigeria to share in the joyous and epoch moment.
Edidiong is a member of the Nseowo family, an emerging intellectual dynasty in the state.
Recently, the family also produced Dr. Uwem Nseowo Anderson who emerged as the best ever graduating medical doctor from the university Uyo (according to academic records and individual awards on graduation day).
The family of 5 siblings which is from the Akwa Ibom State Capital, Uyo, also produced Ifreke Nseowo, a reputable and multiple award winning journalist who made history many years ago as the youngest newspaper editor in the country.
Known to have a high intelligent quotient, Edidiong is fondly remembered in his alma mater, Modern Secondary Commercial School (now Modern Training Institute) as the Senior Prefect who composed the school’s anthem.
He was on the University of Uyo’s Honours Roll for several years before his graduation.
From Ikono Clan in Uyo LGA, Edidiong recently paid tribute to his late teacher father, Mr. Joseph (Nseowo) Anderson Udofia for laying a good foundation for his success.
“Back in the community, your children were known as “Ndito atitia” (the teacher’s children), and your Queen, “Mma atitia” (the teacher’s wife) for that’s what you chose professionally. But farming became your hobby. I witnessed you inspect fields, signed and sealed documents to increase your farmlands; for there people will gather at harvest time, amazed at the produce. Though little, and often against your wish, I joined the happy throng.
“I was proud! Yes, that’s my father! “Ayen atitia” (the teacher’s son, that is). For that was enough for a motivation, that would drive me through life. We walked with our heads held high. I miss that too. Nevertheless, I still walk that way”, Edidiong said in his memoir about his dad who died in 1995.