The 2018 best graduating student of Crescent University , Abeokuta,Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, Miss Ayokunnumi Tiamiyu, has showered accolades on the founder and proprietor, of the university, Prince Bola Ajibola, for reviving her university education through scholarship.
She recalled that she was on the verge of dropping out, owing to her parents’ inability to continue to pay her school fees.
The jubilant 21-year old Tiamiyu, led the pack at the 10th convocation with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.91 from the Department of Microbiology,College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS).
With her CGPA of 4.91, Tiamiyu has emerged best of the best of all first-class products of the university, among ten sets ever graduated from the citadel of academic and moral excellence.
According to the scholar, she had already lost hope of continuing her studies and was almost requesting for her transcript to be able to seek admission into a public university when her attention was drawn to Bola Ajibola Scholarship for Academic and Moral Excellence.
This she said was in her 300-level, 2016, when she was on a grade point of 4.95, the highest any student could have had.
“Few months later,I got a call from the Deputy Registrar, Alhaji M. A. Lawal to come and apply for the scholarship, that he had spoken to the vice chancellor about it”.
She added:”The Vice Chancellor Prof. Ibraheem Gbajabiamila, who was highly impressed with my first class grade assured that I would get the scholarship with a caveat that I must maintain the class of grade throughout my studies. Few weeks later, Igot another call from the university that my scholarship had been granted and that I should come for an acknowledgement of same”.
The elated scholar described Prince Ajibola, who was the former judge of the International Court of Justice, as a generous man whose generosity continues to amaze her.
While saluting Ajibola’s industry and selfless investment, a part of which she had benefitted, Ayokunmi, said she preferred to study in the morning than any part, of the day.
” I find it very convenient to study in the morning immediately, I wake up and the reading can last for like seven hours. I can’t read if my brain is not relaxed…if I haven’t slept. I don’t stress myself”.
She also revealed that she preferred secluding herself in empty classrooms and after each day’s lectures, have a little fun in the hostel, sleep,wake up and start reading again.
The vision of academic and moral excellence of Crescent University, according to her, had made her to avoid distractions and has taught her to dress modestly.
A Christian, Tiamiyu, also praised the university for religious tolerance saying that she had freedom to practise her religion without let or hindrance.
She appealed to the constituted authorities both at the federal and state levels to offer opportunities to the youth who she emphasised “are the leaders of tomorrow”.
“I love courses that have to do with Biology or Microbiology but along the line, I had issues with Chemistry courses”, she recounted, adding that she particularly fell in love with aspects of Food Microbiology and Virology because of her interest as well as the interesting approaches employed by lecturers incharge.
Tiamiyu, said she was able to have good grades in all her courses because she devoted more time to reading courses she did not like than her favourite ones.