Dr. Akingbola Adewumi, a graduate of Lagos State University College of Medicine, has been awarded the King’s College Quantedge and Rowan Williams Scholarship to study a Master of Philosophy in Population Health Sciences at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
While speaking with Vanguard on Wednesday, Adewumi, considered as a distinguished catalyst for social impact among his peers, stated that Nigerian students cannot be hindered in chasing their ambitions if they are committed to succeed.
“My encouragement to Nigerian students is that they should know there are actually no limits to what they can achieve. Once you are determined to achieve something, just make sure you have plans, and make sure your plans are detailed and realistic. To bring the plans to reality will not be a problem,” Adewumi said.
The King’s College Quantedge scholarship, created in 2020 by the Singapore-based charity Quantedge Foundation, traditionally selects a single recipient each year. This prestigious honor has been given upon Akingbola in this remarkable year.
Adewumi is devoted to altering the narrative of Nigeria’s healthcare system through his advocacy efforts under the banner of HealthDrive Nigeria. He used precisely planned techniques to combat infectious diseases, with a particular emphasis on Viral Hepatitis B.
He conducted free Hepatitis B surface Antigen tests using Rapid diagnostic kits under the auspices of HealthDrive Nigeria and delivered subsidized 3-dosed Hepatitis B vaccination activities through strategic collaboration initiatives.
Speaking about his expectations at Cambridge, the 24-year-old said, “My expectation of studying with a scholarship at Cambridge University is that I would be trained through world-class methods and strategies on how to enhance the health of populations with more emphasis on the Nigerian context.
“I believe there is a lot more work to be done to ensure that in the diverse kind of populations, we have in Nigeria and in West Africa generally can benefit from personalised public health strategies with respect to their demographic status and income earnings and all that.
“I believe that this course at Cambridge University will grant me sufficient skills and knowledge to be able to improve the quality of populations in West Africa.
“I also expect to be well-versed in data analysis and research generally. And to be the availability of accurate data that will help public health interventions in Nigeria and West Africa.”
Among his accomplishments include the annual Hepatitis B vaccination exercise for medical students at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, as well as the screening of over 500 students at the Lagos State University main campus Ojo to honor World Hepatitis Day 2022.
Adewumi has also received high-level recognition for his humanitarian efforts, including the prestigious Diana Award, widely regarded as the pinnacle of recognition for a young person’s contributions to social and humanitarian causes, as well as the Africa 25 Under 25 awards presented by IKapture Network and OpportunityDesk.
Based on his work in the Nigerian health sector, he was named one of the top 500 youths on the African continent in 2021.
Speaking further, he said, “I feel elated and happy about the opportunity. I consider it as a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity particularly considering my background. It is a privilege for me to attend a world-class Cambridge University with a full scholarship. It is an opportunity I will not take for granted.”
“Finally, I want to encourage Nigerian students to take academics very seriously as much as their extracurricular activities with emphasis on social impact and image-making activities. We should make efforts to engage in one or two extracurricular activities that should be in line with our career plan,” Adewumi added.