A Nigerian lady, Zaynab Agboola, has emerged as the only female first-class student in a class comprising 92 students.
In a post via Linked-In, Agboola, who graduated from the University of Ilorin shared her story and how she rose against all odds to achieve the huge feat.
It’s been 6 years since I left the comfort of Lagos for Ilorin, Kwara state, to attempt a feat never attained in my family (Engineering).
It all began with a thought and as they say “the rest is history”. Here I am shining brightly in the light at the end of the tunnel. Absolutely overwhelming!
With a class of 92 students, I was the sole female FIRST CLASS GRADUATE. It felt surreal to have accomplished such a tremendous task, but was it simple? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. How I had to combine being Vice President of the Faculty of Engineering & Technology with major volunteer efforts (JCI) and academics was only by God’s Grace. There were times when I was tired, disappointed, and upset, and I cried. However, the experience was exciting and full of self-discovery. The road had its ups and downs, but in the end, I stood TALL.
Today, I’m a University of Ilorin graduate with a degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
I attribute everything to the G-factor: GOD. AlhamdulillahHe made it possible for me to navigate. Then, I dedicate this to my parents; Mr. & Mrs. Agboola, who have always been my rock. You’re a source of strength and inspiration for me. Finally, thank you to my incredible siblings, who are my greatest supporters and whom I adore.
I owe this accomplishment to everyone who has contributed to my learning experience from infancy till present, both formal and informal, directly and indirectly. My lecturers, tutors and mentors. Thank you so much for impacting and imparting my life. I’m so gratefulTo the true supportive friends I made and all valuable individuals I connected with on campus, I am delighted our path crossed. I appreciate you all
It marks the end of a tumultuous journey for me, but it’s also the start of a new adventure that, by His Grace, will lead to success and glory. I am super excited about the next phase and I’m so proud of myself. Cheers to greatness as the future shines brighter than the sun.
Congratulations to me
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