UNILAG Shines As David Akanmu Clinches 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Award

David Akanmu

University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria has underscored its position as an international springboard for success as the Best Graduating Student (BGS)/Valedictorian at its 54th Convocation Ceremonies, David Akanmu has been selected as a 2024 Knight-Hennessy


An announcement issued on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University indicates that UNILAG is the only African university among the sixty (60) universities from where the 2024 cohort of 90 new scholars emerged. 

David Akanmu is one of five (5) Africans, the only one from an African-based tertiary institution, selected to join the 2024 cohort which is is the seventh (7th) and largest cohort since the inception of the Award. 

The third (3rd) UNILAG graduate to be receiving the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Award,

Akanmu will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. He graduated with a perfect Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 in Civil Engineering at the UNILAG Convocation Ceremonies held in January 2024. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate fellowship program spanning all seven schools at Stanford University. Scholars are selected based on their demonstration of independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset.

The University of Lagos, Nigeria has, for over 5 decades, provided qualitative and research-oriented education to Nigerians and all those who have entered its domain in search of knowledge. The University has built a legacy of excellence and has been instrumental in the production of top-range graduates and academia that have had tremendous impact, directly or indirectly, on the growth, development and international recognition of Nigeria.

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