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Unveiling the ACEMFS Experience: A Trailblazing Journey Beyond Boundaries

I am writing to express my profound gratitude for my extraordinary experience as a student of the African Centre of Excellence within the esteemed Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA). My journey here has been nothing short of transformative, and words are not just enough to express them fully. I am honored to share my testimony of the invaluable benefits I have gained from this exceptional program.

One of the most remarkable aspects of my experience at ACEMFS has been the privilege of receiving a full scholarship, coupled with a stipend which enabled me to acquire essential tools for my academic journey, including a laptop. This huge support not only eased the financial burdens of paying school fees and other essentials but also underscored the center’s commitment to empowering students across Africa. The cutting-edge resources, network, and expertise provided by ACEMFS have fostered a profound understanding of complex concepts and methodologies in my pursuit to contribute my quota significantly towards achieving food security in Africa.

From the moment I embarked on my studies in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, , I was immersed in a world-class online learning environment that surpassed all expectations, which I almost couldn’t cope with. At some point in my journey with ACEMFS, I almost opted out but many thanks to ACEMFS leadership and my amiable colleagues. I was also inspired by the Centre’s unwavering commitment to overcoming myriads of challenges since its inception, this has resulted in her emergence as a beacon of excellence, fostering a vibrant community of scholars, lecturers, and mentors. I am particularly fascinated by the wealth of knowledge I have garnered from courses on Intellectual Property Research Ethics and Nanotechnology on a broader scale.

The center’s dedication to ensuring a conducive learning environment extends beyond academics. When I needed to relocate to campus, I was warmly welcomed into a befitting accommodation, ensuring that my focus remained steadfast on my studies. Access to the University’s internet facilities and the expansive school library further enriched my learning experience, providing me with unparalleled resources to thrive well.

Beyond academic enrichment, ACEMFS leadership has nurtured my entrepreneurial spirit and equipped me with the skills and mindset needed to navigate the professional landscape with confidence and resilience. I am immensely grateful for the privilege of being a student at ACEMFS, and I am determined to leverage the knowledge and skills gained here to make meaningful contributions to both the centre and the university at large. My experience serves as a testament to the transformative power of education, and I am deeply indebted to ACEMFS and FUTMINNA for providing me with the opportunity to realize my full potential. ACEMFS also gave me the leverage to unlock several global opportunities beyond my imagination.
Lest I forget, I have been able to extend my network by meeting other young, vibrant, and emerging researchers and scholars across Africa. I strongly believe this synergy and collaborative labours initiated by the Centre would result in providing sustainable solutions to food safety issues within the African landscape.

I humbly express my heartfelt appreciation to the university management for their unwavering support and to the entire ACEMFS community for their dedication to excellence. My journey at ACEMFS has been nothing short of life-changing, and I am excited to continue this journey as a proud ambassador of this remarkable institution.

Gbotemi Jerry Oni

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