ABU genius Nuhu Ibrahim completes MSc in Manchester with impressive Result

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A former student of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and best-ever graduating student of the university, Nuhu Ibrahim has completed an MSc Advanced Computer Science with Specialization in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Manchester with a Distinction and an overall score of 84%.

Nuhu Ibrahim who hails from Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state presented his master’s dissertation supervised by Dr. Riza Batista-Navarro at the 8th International Conference on Information Management and Big Data (SIMBig – Data Science – Peru 2021).

Nuhu Ibrahim dissertation titled "Automatic Detection of Deaths from Social Networking Sites"

This comes a day after the dissertation was awarded a distinction with 81%, completing the requirements for the award of MSc Advanced Computer Science with Specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

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The significant contribution of his dissertation titled “Automatic Detection of Deaths from Social Networking Sites” is the successful development of a machine learning approach for the distinction between pre-mortem and post-mortem online posts of concerned followers associated with social networking sites profiles to detect deaths automatically.

The automatic detection of deaths of users of social networking sites provides a step towards creating and adopting an international standard for transferring digital estates to the next-of-kin of Internet users who die a sudden death.

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Reacting to this new feat, Nuhu Ibrahim appreciates everyone who has reiterated that they are proud of him. And patted himself on the back for coming out victorious in the face of numerous challenges and unfavorable circumstances.

He said, Thanks to everyone who has reiterated that they are proud of me. I am so proud of myself, seeing how I come out victorious in the face of numerous challenges and unfavorable circumstances— having to study online from home while lacking requisite resources like constant electricity and a convenient study environment, to working part-time in an award-winning financial technology company, NetPay Solutions Group Limited during my masters to gain the sought for UK-working experience.

Ohhh Yesss! It was stressful, but Yeah! IT PAID OFF! I can’t seem to find a way to be grateful enough for such a fantastic year. I feel utmostly lucky to transform the loneliness that came from migrating to a foreign country and, worse, during the COVID-19 pandemic into a motivation to engage in healthy and mentally fulfilling activities. Like frequenting the gym to stay fit and healthy, that led to my shedding over 23 lbs and growing from being scared to step inside flowing water to swimming in several styles in only a few months.

I am excited for “Indeed, what is to come is better” for me “than what has gone by” – Qur’an (93:4). Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds – Qur’an (1:2).

Recall that Nuhu Ibrahim became an internet sensation in 2019 when he bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a final CGPA of 4.94 out of 5.00 – the highest ever recorded in the history of ABU since its establishment in 1962.

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He was subsequently awarded a full scholarship by the Kaduna State government to study MSc Advanced Computer Science with Specialization in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Manchester.

Meanwhile, the official Graduation ceremony of the University of Manchester scheduled to hold on December 15th, 2021 has been postponed until March/April 2022.

The University said the decision became necessary because of the introduction of the UK government’s Plan B guidance for COVID-19 and the growing concerns about the COVID-19 variant, Omicron.


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