Yusuf Hassan Wada, a final year student of Pharmacy, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, and a campus journalist has emerged winner of the 2019 Pharmanews Pharmacy Student of the year award.

This was made known in a press release by the host of the award: Pharmanews which declared Yusuf the winner after a 34-day online poll for the award between him and five other shortlisted nominees.

“The Online Poll which lasted for thirty-four days, ended on 22 May, with Yusuf Hassan Wada, emerging the winner with a total of 1,504 votes. while Adebisi Yusuff Adebayo took second position with 1,342 votes. Kenneth B. David, was the second runner-up with 128 votes, then Melody Okereke, Jesujoba Ojelabi, and Christy Alagbe, polled 15 votes, 4 votes and 3 votes respectively.”

Yusuf Hassan Wada doubles as being the first ever to win the category of the award, as it is a maiden initiative of the internationally recognized first health newspaper: Pharmanews.

Consequent of his win, the Publisher of Pharmanews, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi will be presenting the award to him on a latter date. Sir Ifeanyi has also encouraged other participants to continue advancing the course of public health in their various domains, with the hope to emerge next winners.

Speaking to Press, Yusuf still in shock over his win expressed his gratitude to all those who voted for him not minding the complex phases the voting process took.

He said: “Honestly, I’m not equipped with the right words that could do justice to my happiness for your concern to bringing the award home. ‘Thank You’ to everyone (Very difficult to appreciate you individually, considering the uncountable people involved) for the votes which in several phases have been changed and still you still voted (From the Nomination Stage, Voting and Campaign session)”

He went on to describe the feat as a milestone in his life, one that will come to influence him for the better. In his words:

“This is indeed another milestone in my life. I will be the first to win the category of the award (The first health newspaper and the West Africa‚Äôs biggest online health news portal) with non stop publications for over 40 years.”

The vibrant 21 year old is currently an advocate and ambassador of drug abuse, Programme Coordinator of Alhannan Charity, which led to the sensitization and lectures series to over 20 schools in first phase, with the aim to help educate youths on the needs, rights and struggles of addicts and those in recovery stage.
He has also been severally published on local, national and international papers.

By: Emelife Uc

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