CHIJIOKE EKE SOARS EVEN HIGHER
Mr Chijioke Eke is an ex-student of Showers Christian High School who graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana with a Second Class Upper in Computer Engineering and recently obtained his Master’s degree with Distinction in Oil and Gas Management at Coventry University, United Kingdom. He recently wrote back to us with testimonies and few words for our students.
“I was privileged to be part of the 2007/08 graduation set of Showers. I moved on from there to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and recently obtained my Master’s degree with distinction in Oil and Gas Management at Coventry University. Through my studies, I discovered those things I thought were irrelevant during my time at Showers formed the foundation for my BSc. and MSc. studies. I am not just referring to the academic work, but also to the discipline that was implemented in the boarding house and the work ethic Showers encouraged its student.
In one of Mrs Akpan’s many speeches to us just after the inter-house sport games in 2008 she used the word “tenacious”, it was the first time I was hearing that word. While I cannot remember the composition of the speech, I never forgot that word which simply means “not being stopped or pulled apart” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). It was the kind of encouragement we got from her and Showers as a whole one that has been a driving force for me in all endeavour.
The discipline implemented in the boarding house system of Showers made it easier to live a discipline and responsible life in the university and life in general where you primarily answer to yourself. It has allowed me to schedule and plan my day and activities (both short term and long term) taking note of the importance of time and priority, in a system that has too many things begging for my attention.
I have no doubt that I have been able to make it this far by the Grace of God, hard work, discipline and tenacity. While there have been undeniably many contributors to these qualities I have developed, Showers have played a major role.
I am surprised at how Mrs Akpan have kept in touch for the past 8 years even attending my undergraduate graduation and waving at me as my name was called. I am grateful for her continuous encouragement which she uniquely does by telling me the success stories of those who have gone ahead of me and assuring me that if they can do it, so can I.”