Ufot Ekong receiving his award

He is from Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria. To pay his way, he worked two jobs alongside his studies.

Behold Ufot Ekong, the Nigerian student who achieved the highest grades at Tokai University, a prestigious private university based in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, which was

Tokai University solar car team from Japan won the race and were invited to the podium during the awards ceremony in Adelaide at the end of the World Solar Challenge race across Australia. Sunday, October 23, 2011.  Photo by Marcin Szczepanski, Multimedia Content Producer/College of Engineering, U-M
Majority of Tokai University students are in science and technology programmes

founded in 1924 and is focused on the sciences and technology. Roughly 60 per cent of all Tokai University students are enrolled in science and technology programmes.



Before Ufot enrolled at the university,there was a puzzling mathematics equation that could not be solved for 30 years. The Nigerian genius cracked it in his very first semester.

Award winner

He then went on to win six awards for academic excellence throughout his studies.

On graduation, Ufot Ekong achieved a first class degree in electrical engineering, was the overall best student and scored the best marks at the university since 1965.

Mr Ekong speaks English, French, Japanese and Yoruba and won a Japanese language award for foreigners.

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The electric car designed by Ufot Ekong

He is currently working for Nissan motor company and already has two patents for electronic car design to his name.


More about Ufot

Ufot Ekong has got a good sense of humour and is reported to have quipped once, “Working in a bread factory is like working in a nuclear plant! All white clothes and caps!”

Ufot at christmas

 He prefers driving to train rides and is a music lover. He once complained of his iPod touch which wouldn’t come on and he was at risk of losing his 4000 songs!

 Ufot is said to be a collector of Nigerian songs especially those by Fela, Lagbaja, King Sunny Ade (KSA) and Ebenezer Obey.


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