A trained Medical Doctor, Justin Chukwudi Olewuezi has become the first Nigerian to graduate from the Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Olewuezi said not many Nigerians and Africans come to that part of Russia, preferring the western part of the country.
Narrating how his journey to Russia started, he said the process began after writing the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board twice and scoring 247 and 260 respectively, without gaining admission into a Nigerian university, he decided to set his sights abroad.
He said with the help of his mother, he was able to achieve his dreams.
Olewuezi said, “I had always wanted to study abroad and obviously make something of myself back in Air Force comprehensive school, Enugu. So after failing to gain admission twice even with JAMB scores 247 and 260 respectively, I decided to study abroad. So after talking with a Russian-trained medical doctor, (Dr Okere, then a medical student), I decided to go for it.
“My journey in Russia actually started at a polytechnic university, Tomsk polytechnic university, where I studied Russian language and some science subjects also in the Russian language. Then I moved to Siberian state medical university, Tomsk (@ssmutomsk).”
According to him, he owe his sister thanks for her wise thinking and decision to buy him a winter jacket as he got into the country at the beginning of Winter, which can be quite extreme in the country.
He said Africans didn’t come through this city 6-10 years ago and most African/Nigerian students preferred to study in the west part of Russia.
“My university was founded in 1888, so it 133 years old.”
Not only is Dr Olewuezi, the first Nigerian at the Siberia State Medical University in Tomsk, but he also graduated with the highest grades the university has to offer.
“I graduated with a 5.0 c.g.p.a in 5.0 grading system,” he said.