Some students cannot perform maximally in their academics as a result of poor educational system in Nigeria like incessant strikes, insufficient materials, threats from lecturer and cult activities. Interestingly, when they opportune to be in a very good educational system abroad, they will perform excellently.
For his efforts, he won a scholarship to Yale University to pursue a degree in Medicine. Besides, he has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious honour group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.
Emmanuel was born in Lagos, Nigeria and attended Lilly Fields Primary School, Lagos. He left Nigeria after his Junior Secondary School education at Air Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan, Oyo State. Attending Fondren Middle School, which was in the middle of the ghetto was one of the darkest years for him because he encountered a lot of peer pressure. Some of the students, ignorant about Africa, bullied and called him names such as ‘African booty scratcher’ because to them, Africans were dirty and scratched their butts all the time.
Some even asked if he lived in mud huts and ate faeces for breakfast. “I remember one day, when I was walking to the school bus, a boy came from behind and punched me in the face, called me an African and walked away. It took everything in me not to retaliate. I knew that God had put me in the U.S for a purpose and it did not involve fighting or selling drugs or doing the wrong things,” Ohuabunwa said.