Aminat Yusuf, the top graduating student for the class of 2021/2022 at Lagos State University (LASU), claims that for the majority of her undergraduate years, she settled for garri and groundnuts.
Yusuf attributed a lot of her success to hard work, the right lecturers’ mentoring, and the direction of God.
Yusuf, an indigene of Edo, graduated with first class honors and a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.00.
She claimed that these elements contributed to her being the best graduating student of her cohort and throughout LASU’s 40-year history.
Yusuf claimed that being the first child and her parents’ financial situation put a lot of pressure on her. “I only requested financial assistance in urgent situations after exploring all other options.
“As a result, I faced significant financial difficulties for the duration of my two plus four years at LASU.
“In the second semester of 200 Level, I saved up about 90% of my food allowance simply because I needed to purchase a browsing phone and receive computer training.
“I spent the majority of my time as an undergraduate on the campus of the university because I didn’t have a hostel and it would have been extremely inconvenient to commute home every day.”
My main challenge was having to attend lectures every day in a neatly ironed white and black dress, acting like everything was perfect, Yusuf said to NAN on Wednesday. “The school had a stand-by security and standard lighting system, so it was safe for me.
The best-graduating student said this on her first day at LASU during the physical screening for admission to a diploma in law program: “I remember fantasizing about accomplishing a remarkable feat in this prestigious university.
“I first completed the two-year Diploma in Law program, which offers top students direct entry admission and requires them to take mandatory law courses.
“I put a lot of effort into my studies and prayed fervently for success; as a result, I graduated from the program with the highest CGPA in my set, a 4.98.
“The desire to graduate with a perfect CGPA at the undergraduate level was motivated by the possibility of receiving such a grade.”
She praised the country for passing the Student Loan Act into law and urged well-intentioned Nigerians to invest in the education sector.
“I believe this will be of immeasurable value to our educational system,” she continued.
“While I experienced financial hardship during my education, I don’t want future students, especially female students, to experience the same hardship,” the speaker said.
However, Yusuf thanked the LASU administration for maintaining the friendly and supportive environment that aided in her excellent performance.
I am incredibly appreciative of my parents’ sacrifice and unwavering support for my education, she said.
“My parents’ various careers—my mother is a businesswoman, and my father is a journalist—really inspired me.
“I would like to thank my faculty lecturers for their commitment to excellence, dedication, and teaching us how to be the best.
I’d like to take this chance to start a YouTube channel called “Learning Law with Aminat,” with the intention of giving back to society through my local neighborhood.