JEWELA 21-year-old Nigerian girl, Jewel Olachi Nkwocha, raised the country’s profile aloft in the US recently when she graduated with a First Class Honours in Biomedical Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.



  • Jewel hails from Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria
  • She attended Federal Government College, Owerri and travelled to the US for her university education only four years ago
  • She also bagged a medal from the University’s Honours College as well as two awards from the School of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Jewel contested and won representative and senate seats in the Student Union Association
  • Her father is the veteran journalist, Jossy Nkwocha, who also bagged a PhD recently.



Jewel Olachi Nkwocha, 21,  made Nigeria proud by graduating with a hard-earned First Class Honours (Summa Cum Laude) in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU, Richmond, United States of America.

Nkwocha hails from Imo State. She also bagged a medal from the University’s Honours College as well as two awards from the School of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. All of these were presented to her at the University’s Graduation ceremonies held between May 8 and 9, in Richmond, USA.

During her four-year programme, Jewel won twice the Mark Sternheimer Honors scholarship as a reward for academic excellence.

In her 3rd year, she was given a Tutor appointment which she said was tasking but very rewarding intellectually. In her final year, Jewel was among 12 undergraduates who won the University’s Dean’s research grant for specialized project with a doctoral candidate.


All rounder

Jewel was indeed an all-rounder. She combined both social and academic work. In her second year, she contested and won election as Representative in the Students Union Association (SUA). In her third year, she moved higher by contesting and also winning a Senate seat in the SUA. She combined these responsibilities with being a UNICEF volunteer and one of the leaders of the African Students Union.


Jewel with her parents


Realnews Magazine reports that both Jewel and her parents, Jossy and Joy Nkwocha, were very happy and full of gratitude to God Almighty for such an academic feat in far-away USA, especially for a girl who did her secondary school in Nigeria (Federal Government College, Owerri), and travelled to USA only four years ago.

How does she feel making such a great result?

“I just feel good, normal. I am happy that my result has elevated the image of my country Nigeria. I give thanks to my parents who gave me the opportunity of studying here in America. I also appreciate my guardians here in US, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Chijioke who have done so much for me.  I give all the glory to God Almighty who has made it all possible.”


The proud father of the Nigerian jewel, Jossy Nkwocha, former General Editor of Newswatch magazine who recently bagged a doctorate degree from the University of Nigeria, commended her for making them proud, and also gave God the glory.





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