A 24 Year old graduate who has been identified as AZEEZ, Ahmad Tijani, a fresh graduate of Chemistry Education set a record as the “First Student to graduate with a First Class degree” in the department of Science Education, University of Ilorin since 1981. He graduated with a C.G.P.A of 4.52 to become the first graduate to achieve that.
Until now the Chemistry Education which is a unit in the mighty Department of Science Education at University of Ilorin has never had a First Class Graduate.
It’s been arduous combining Education with Chemistry not even when one minor from Zoology and Plant Biology departments. It drastically means that one run three faculties at once. Master AZEEZ, Ahmad Tijani was able to break the record and set new one.
Below is a short interview the Amebogists Team had with the Graduate.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Can we know you sir?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: I’m AZEEZ, Ahmad Tijani, a fresh graduate of Chemistry Education of the University of Ilorin popularly known as Better by far.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Wow, that’s cool
We heard there’s never been A First Class graduate in the Department of Chemistry Education
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: Yes, until now. Chemistry Education is a unit in the mighty Department of Science Education at University of Ilorin. It’s been arduous combining Education with Chemistry not even when one minor from Zoology and Plant Biology departments. It drastically means that one run three faculties at once. I was able to break the record and set new one.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Wow, you broke the record that has never been achieved for years. I say congratulations to you for the hardwork
What’s your graduating C.G.P.A?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: I graduated with a developed 4.52 C.G.P.A sir
AMEBOGISTS PR: Wow that’s a great record set by you. Were you the book type while you were on campus?,Cos we heard just few of the scholars engage in other school activities apart from academics
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: (Smile) I read only at my convenience. The type of reading I did was constructive an critical, it doesn’t requires reading all the time. I visit library and did a lot of night classes. I engaged in some other activities such as Mentoring, Leadership, Tutoring, Writing amongst others. A scholar is supposed to be all-rounder!.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Yeah, A scholar is supposed to be a all-rounder. Kudos to you sir, you’ve impact a lot of students through your tutorials and mentorships.
Are you hoping to see someone break your record soon?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: I’ve invested in a quite number of people and it’s still ongoing, being a Chemist and an Educationist. By this time next year, a new record that I just set would be broken again.! and that will continue by God’s grace, I’ve set the pace.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Wow that’s assuring. Can you tell us about your experience during your stay in the University?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: Nothing good comes easy, if it’s easy everyone will have it. It was really tough, I remember my laptop was stolen in the hostel in 200 level, there’s hardly any semester I won’t lost a valuable item. My phones and Tablets were stolen at the exam centre in a two consecutive semesters. It’s funny even to me how I survived in the University without owning a utensil not even a pot or a stove. I stayed fre in the school hostel from 200 level throughout my stay in the University free and due to the undergraduate scholarship awarded to the University scholars each session with a stipulated sum of amount.
AMEBOGISTS PR: God’s been really there for you I guess. If I may ask to whom do you owe your success?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: Everything is God, after God is God. All thanks to God, my parents and families & friends. I was made at Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo where I had my NCE with distinctions in Chemistry and Education for the Hearing Impaired (Deaf). My chemistry lecturers at this place are awesome, accommodating and encouraging. I settled for nothing less with the inspirational advice I got at different occasions from my level advisers in the University. They’re vital forces behind this success.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Do you have any Advice for the students in whole
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: We should dream big and Let’s stop at nothing in achieving our dreams and aims. We should also understand that it won’t be easy. The determination should remain unshakable. Prayer is very important, Everything is done through God. Success is directly proportional to success, so far prayer and grace is constant.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Wow, I believe this will go a long way to help. Are you hoping to pursue more educational achievements?
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: I’m hoping to pursue Masters’ and Ph.D in Chemistry at an advanced country after NYSC. If peradventure, a planned diversion does not set in eventually. Having interest in academics, more higher degrees is important.
AMEBOGISTS PR: Thank you for having spent a little moment with us for this short interview, we pray Almighty God guide you to the right path and we hope the labour marker favours you
MR AZEEZ AHMAD TIJANI: Aaaamin, I believe it’s a favor market, I see it favourable already. I’m grateful too, thank you so much sir