By Tare Youdeowei
LAGOS—The 2018 scholar selection process of the newly reinstated Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa, a post graduate scholarship provider to University of Oxford, United Kingdom, has reached advanced stages, as a Nigerian, Ghanian or most brilliant West African will emerge winner.
Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa, Ike Chioke, reaffirmed this while providing an update on the progress of the scheme, “A total of 2,948 applications were received but only 505 completed the scholarship information requirements. Of this number, 244 candidates who graduated with a first class degree or its equivalent made it to the next round, and we subsequently scaled down to 65 candidates based on other selection criteria including moral force of character, commitment to service and instinct to lead.
“Further screening and in-person interviews are planned for November 17 to 19 in Lagos and Accra while another round of interviews for a final shortlist of 15 persons is scheduled for December 1 to 2. This is where the 2018 Scholar-Elect for West Africa will be decided.”