By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
An Ichida, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State-born 13 years old Kingsley Anaka, has emerged the Tansi International College, Awka (TICA) overall best student in academics for two consecutive times.
Anaka, who emerged the overall best in the JS 2 and in the junior category for the 2017/2018 Academic Year, attributed his successes to the grace of God, his determination to achieve his set goals and targets, and commitment to hard work.
Speaking to Fides in an interview on the occasion of TICA's 20th Annual Patron Saint Feast, Parents' and Sponsors Day Celebration, held on January 20, 2019, said his vision when he enrolled into Tansi International College, Awka, was to be the best. He thanked God that he has been trying to be the best in both academics and moral formation, and prayed to, with the grace of God excel higher.
Kenechukwu Anaka thanked God for his grace and sustenance which he said had been urging him on. He appreciated his parents, Mr. Eloka and Mrs. Tobechukwu Anaka for sponsoring his education, and thanked the TICA management and staff for the worthwhile all-round formation which they gave to the students.
According to Anaka, keeping God first in all his endeavours, determination, hard work, being focused in life and passion to learn from others, had been his watchwords.
He thanked God for his grace on the management team led by the principal, Rev. Fr. Paul Onyebuchi II, which had enabled them to keep alive the vision behind the establishment of the College, saying that TICA had been known for discipline and excellence, and the formation, superb and wonderful.
Speaking to Fides, Kingsley Anaka's mum, Mrs. Tobechukwu Anaka, who works with Anambra State Ministry of Justice, thanked God for the outstanding excellent performance of his son, saying that he was proud of him.
Mrs. Anaka, who recalled that his son had when he gained admission into TICA, promised he would excel in academics and maintain the first position, said she had been praying for him for God to fulfil his heart's desire as well as inspired spirit of hard work in him.
This was even as she observed that Kingsley Anaka had been an intelligent and hardworking boy from his childhood, and he never relented in studying hard. She thanked the management and Rev Fr. John Paul Ezeonyido for the great academic award which according to her, would inspire the spirit of hard work in the students. Anaka prayed God to bless the College management and the sponsor of the award abundantly.
On his part, the sponsor of the academic award, Rev. Fr. John Paul Ezeonyido, said his love for education was what inspired him to introduce the Annual Academic Champion Award for the overall best student (junior category). He promised to continue with the award as long as he could and made known his plans to increase the fund from N50, 000 to something higher, if things get better.
Rev. Fr. Ezeonyido, who hails from Igboukwu, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State, but a Catholic priest of Diocese of Atlanta, and the pastor of Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, Lithonia, Georgia, USA, said he it was a privilege opportunity for him, so when the principal of TICA, Rev Fr. Paul Onyebuchi II, communicated the idea to him, he accepted it as part of his contributions to education development.
Fr. Ezeonyido recalled that as a student of St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, such scholarship awards from others inspired him to work hard and did well in the specific subjects voted for the awards.
He thanked God that education has improved in quality and quantity since the return of schools to the mission, saying that with the development, he could encourage his parishioners, who discouraged in the past, to send their children home to study.
Earlier in his address of welcome to mark the 20th Annual Feast Day, the principal, Tansi International College, Awka, Rev. Fr. Paul Onyebuchi II, thanked the duo of Rev. Fr. John Paul Ezeonyido, based in Atlanta and Rev Fr. James Okafor, based in California the trophies and accompanied cash they donated for the academic champion award for the junior and the senior categories, respectively.
The principal commended the sponsors of the College for their supports which had contributed to the successes recorded by the College in pursuance of the purpose and moral based vision of Catholic education. Pointing out that all men had inalienable right to education, Fr. Onyebuchi assured that the management would not relent in its effort to sustain the vision of the Church for the great TICA.