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Respect! Meet a Genius!

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Name : Geoffrey Chiwetalu Adonu
Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello G.C.O.N Prize for the 2 Over-All Best Student; Mallam Yusuf Alli, S.A.N Prize for the Best Male Student; and the Nigerian Bar Association Prize for the Best Male Student
University: Babcock University (First Class )
About: Geoffrey Chiwetalu Adonu, graduated with a First Class from the Nigerian Law School and was the Second Over-All Best graduating Student of the 2015/2016 Academic Session. He won several prizes at the Call to Ceremony held on 30 Novermber, 2016. He also graduated with a First Class from Babcock University Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State.
Dubbed Mr. Genuis by the Dean of Law at Babcock University, Emeritus Professor I.O Agbede, Geoffrey is considered a hardworking and humble lad by his peers. He represented the faculty in many competitions inc…

The Pot of the Wit

Once Emperor Akbar became very angry at his favorite minister Birbal. He asked Birbal to leave the kingdom and go away. Accepting the command of the Emperor, Birbal left the kingdom and started working in a farmer’s farm in an unknown village far away under a different identity.
As months passed, Akbar started to miss Birbal. He was struggling to solve many issues in the empire without Birbal’s advice. He regretted a decision, asking Birbal to leave the empire in anger. So Akbar sent his soldiers to find Birbal, but they failed to find him. No one knew where Birbal was. Akbar finally found a trick. He sent a message to the head of every village to send a pot full of the wit to the Emperor. If the pot full of wit can not be sent, fill the pot with diamonds and jewels.
This message also reached Birbal, who lived in one of the villages. The people of the village got together. All started talking about what to do now? The wit is not a thing, which can be filled in the pot. How will we arr…

The death of my parents changed me.

How much how parents mean to us we do not know. As an undergraduate in one of the most respected universities in Nigeria. Their demise has created an earthquake in my life. They were my friends, mentors, who did all they can for my sake.  I was always encouraged by my parents since childhood. How would I survive after their death? I always thought.
  I have always been a very bright and intelligent student. I had A's in my examinations. I was always determined to be the first. After their demise, things started changing. I cared less about my academic excellence, their memories I could not delete. What a cruel world I live in! All my family members deserted me and my siblings. I am nowhere to be recognised again. Sadness along with tears became my partner. Now I wonder if there is anything important to do in my little world.
  Though I was reluctant to share this with Imodola, I plead on you all to always cherish your parents. You won't know their worth until you see their emp…

I wasn’t too proud to ask for help from junior colleagues –Oloye, OAU first class graduate

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Year 2017 With a CGPA of 4 .59, Morenikeji Oloye graduated with a first class degree from the Department of Accounting , Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile Ife , Osun State . In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA , the 23- year- old explains why she started taking the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria qualification exams right from her second year.
Looking back, are you happy with the choice you made when choosing Accounting?
I’ve enjoyed the journey to this point, and I look forward to more exciting and fulfilling opportunities that the profession offers . My parents told me I decided to be an accountant from a tender age . I really cannot figure out what influenced my choice back then or what attracted me to the course, but so far , it is not a bad choice . Accounting is life ! It keeps you in check ; it keeps you disciplined and responsible. It is the backbone of any organisation . The fact that an accountant is an indispensable resource to an entity further deepens my love …

I’d like to be a lecturer – Taiwo, UNILAG graduate with 5.00 CGPA

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Taiwo graduated from the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics . In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, she shares the secret to that success.

Between when you graduated and now , what has changed about people’ s relationship with you ?
A lot has really changed over the time. I have had calls from old friends and more friend requests on my social media . I believe those are traceable to my performance in school .
What about offers from companies ?
  The offers keep coming , but I received an offer from the university to be a lecturer and I would like to embrace that . Based on what (the offers ) I have at hand now , I would consider lecturing . Moreover, my dream as a child was to impart knowledge and motivate people.
Have you always had this kind of result ?
I had good results in my previous schools but it got better in the higher institution because I had to forgo subjects that I did not like . During my O’level, I had a good result in the West African Senior School Certificate Exami…

24- year- old Egemole Obinna made first class in Chemistry from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture , Umudike , Abia State , with 4. 57 CGPA in the 2015/2016 academic session. He tells TUNDE AJAJA in this interview his experiences in school

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What was growing up like for you ?
I grew up in the northern part of the country and I still have fond memories . Most of my childhood memories are about growing up at Sabon Gari in Kano State and that ’s where I had my primary education. I was always at the top of the class then and I received cash gifts from people whenever I went home with my report card . I was also a fast runner and I represented my team several times in inter- house sports competitions . My parents moved to Rivers State when I was eleven and that was where I had my secondary education. I was also among the best science students in secondary school . So, largely, my growing up was fun . Then , my dream was to become a medical practitioner, say a surgeon , or pharmacist , but I later settled for Chemistry .
Why did you switch to Chemistry?
    It was my most favourite subject in secondary school and I see it as one course that makes one versatile.
Since it was the course you wanted , would you say you had a smooth…

22- year- old Omotuyi Oyindamola, graduated from Systems Engineering Department. In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA , she talks about the feat

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5.00 CGPA is the peak of academic excellence for an undergraduate in UNILAG. Did you target it from the start ?
When I got to school , I only had the plan to finish with a first class , as the Lord would help me to . However, when I saw my first year results and I had 5 .00 CGPA, I made up my mind to sustain it . And it looked achievable . I knew it would require a lot of hard work and I was ready to do it . It wasn ’ t easy at all but God saw me through it all . I was also blessed with good friends and classmates who encouraged me all the way. I can also trace it to the fact that I had a strong upbringing in the area of being serious with my academics. My father is a scholar , so he trained (not forced ) us to be scholars too , and I thank God it worked. Beyond hard work , I believe I also obtained favour from God and my parents were deeply elated seeing that their first child achieved such a great feat.
Was it a continuation of your performances in previous schools or it was a fresh…

Missing out on a prize in secondary school inspired me– Oluwasona, Babcock graduate

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Was it always your plan to graduate with a first class?
I was really elated I could make it eventually . In all sincerity, I determined, on entering Babcock University , where I started my undergraduate studies before transferring to the University of Computer Sciences and Skill, Lodz , Poland , to be the best in my class . Of course , the best anyone could be in an academic class is a first class , but I never knew I would come close to a final grade of 5 . 00 CGPA.
At what point were you transferred to Poland to continue your education ?
   I am one of the seventeen lucky Babcock University undergraduate students , who got the opportunity to be in the first set of the special exchange degree programme between Babcock and the university in Poland. We departed Nigeria for Poland in October , 2014 to resume our 200 level studies, and we were there for two straight years. We returned to Nigeria at the end of July 2016 to complete our programme in Babcock. During this last /final year, …

Clifford Omonini is a 26- year - old first class graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Michael Opara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State . Finishing with a cumulative CGPA of 4 . 76 in the 2015/2016 academic session , he shares some of his success secrets in this interview with Eric Dumo

Finishing with a first class honours must have been fulfilling for you , would you attribute the feat to providence or you specifically set out to achieve the goal ?
Actually , I would say my result is a combination of God’s blessings and my determination to succeed .
Achieving this target must have come at a price , what were some of the challenges you constantly had to deal with while in school ?
It was not an easy journey I must confess. There were several trials along the way including a particular incident during my 200 level when I had to retake a course . It was not easy at all . It all started well but along the line, I started having issues . I still can ’t forget my worst experience . It happened during my 200 level second semester . I am used to collecting at least two extra sheets during each paper , so , during my exam in one of the courses, I collected extra sheet and it happened that during the course of marking the scripts, the main sheet was marked and scored 60 while…

I wasn’t ashamed to ask questions –Alawode, first-class graduate, Carleton University, Canada

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With an A+ (first class), Joshua Alawode led others in his class; Department of Mechanical and Aerospace , at Carleton University in Canada in the 2016 academic session . Alawode, who also had several commendations from his lecturers for his outstanding performance , tells TUNDE AJAJA in this interview his experience learning in the foreign institution
What were your early days in school like ?
I have some fond memories about my growing up but the one that stands out in this context was after my first term in JSS1 in Nigeria . After that first term, I didn ’t really do well compared to my classmates. Out of about 30 students , I finished as the 21st . So , I came home expecting my parents to be very upset and scold me , but to my surprise , they did the exact opposite. They graciously smiled at me, and encouraged me by saying, “ we know you can do better and by the grace of God you will do better next term. ” I believe that was where it all started for me because after that term, my g…