BY DAYO ADESULU
Founder of Madonna University Nigeria, Emmanuel M.P Edeh has offered the institution’s alumnus, chef Hilda Baci scholarship to PhD level for setting a new world record in cookery.
The university recognised Chef Hilda as an alumnus and awarded her a scholarship up to the PhD level.
The school commended the new record breaker on the award of a PhD scholarship in a statement headlined “Celebrating excellence and congratulating our proud Alumnus, Hilda Bassey Effiong” by Associate Professor Martin Anagboso (DVC Admin).
It said the scholarship was offered to Hilda to PhD level by the founder and chancellor on the university.
The statement reads: “The management, staff and students of Madonna University, Nigeria congratulate Hilda Bassey Effiong on the award of scholarship to PhD level and Madonna University, Nigeria highest merit award by the Founder and Chancellor.
“These awards are in recognition of her achievement. Since its inception over two decades ago, Madonna University has prided itself as a pacesetter and record breaker with several achievements under its belt. For instance, it is on record that we are the first private university to go into full operation in Nigeria and the first Catholic University in the West African sub-region. More so, we are the first Nigerian university to operate a 100% boarding system for all the students.
“We have remained steadfast in our commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence, equipping our teeming students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world.
“And as we nurture and groom our students to be leaders and impact-makers, we also take pride in celebrating the accomplishments of our outstanding alumni who continue to make significant contributions not only in their fields, but the society at large.
“Today, we are thrilled to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Hilda Baci, a remarkable individual whose journey showcases the spirit of excellence, one we are privileged and proud to have taken part in its nurturing. On the 11th of May 2023, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, a talented chef and CEO of MyFoodbyHilda, embarked on a courageous mission to break the Guinness World Records for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
“With the former record standing at 88 hours, Hilda, in her embodiment of excellence, tenacity, sheer will, masterful culinary skills and unparalleled resilience, sought to not just break the existing record, but also make another by cooking for 96 hours. Remarkably, she extended her cooking time by an additional four hours, bringing it to an impressive 100 hours.”
Going further to reveal Hilda’s performance while with the university, the statement said with her success story, she has exemplified the impact of the school on her.
“As a distinguished alumna of our esteemed institution, she exemplifies the impact of a Madonna University education. During her time as a Sociology student at Madonna
University Okija campus from 2011 to 2015, she demonstrated a deep understanding of societal dynamics that shape our society and an unwavering dedication to making a positive difference. Her exceptional talents and unshakeable confidence have garnered admiration from individuals far and wide, making her a source of inspiration to countless others.
“Despite the long hours, physical strain, and demanding circumstances, she was committed to delivering meals of impeccable quality. Each dish held a torch to her exceptional culinary skills and pursuit of excellence. The desire to be excellent no matter the circumstance is a trait one can only find in individuals marked for greatness. Her recent endeavour to break the Guinness World Records for the longest cooking marathon by an individual is a testament to her resilience, passion, and commitment to pushing boundaries.
“This accomplishment not only showcases Hilda’s extraordinary determination, but also highlights the type of individuals that Madonna University produces. Our focus on fostering critical thinking, promoting creativity, and instilling a sense of social responsibility empowers our graduates to excel in various spheres of life.
“We take immense pride in Hilda Baci’s remarkable achievement and the unwavering commitment of all our alumni to making a positive impact on society. As we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Hilda, we express our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported her throughout her journey.As we continue to break records, whether as an institution or through our alumni and students, we remain devoted to nurturing leaders, innovators, and catalysts of change.
“Our goal has always been to produce individuals who serve as a beacon of positive change, growth, and excellence, individuals who are uncompromising in their morals and values no matter the circumstance.We are proud of her.”