The two best graduating first class degree holders of Lead City University, Oyo State, share the secret of their lofty academic success in the prestigious university with Punch’s Temitayo Famutimi.
For recording outstanding academic success, Nafisat Olabisi and Izojie Imafidion have again lent credence to the maxim, “What a man can do, a woman can do better.”
The duo emerged the best graduating students, beating 1,819 others at the university’s combined fifth and sixth convocation held on Friday.
While 22-year-old Olabisi of the Department of Economics garnered a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.72 to emerge the best student for the 2012/2013 set, Imafidion (24) of the Department of Mass Communication and Media Technology clinched the overall best award in the 2012/2013 set, scoring a CGPA of 4.78.
Following this accomplishment, the two received the prestigious Chancellor’s Prize amid a rousing ovation from members of the university community and other guests on the occasion. Besides, they took home departmental and faculty prizes for academic excellence.
But apart from having the common gift of academic excellence, the two see life, particularly social life, from the same prism. In separate chats with our correspondent, they explained that they shunned “campus love” during their undergraduate days. That singular decision, they acknowledge, helped them greatly in the pursuit and accomplishment of their success.
Sharing her strategy, Olabisi notes that the issue of campus love never occupied her heart. According to her, instead of expending time and money on keeping such a relationship, she gave special attention to her books.
But were there male admirers coming her way? To this, she answers in the affirmative, noting that pressure from the male folk was always there.
Olabisi explains, “There is nothing bad in going into a relationship in school, but you must know how to balance your love and academic life. However, I was not into any relationship while I was at the university. To me, relationship is all about money and time.
“From my observation at LCU, if you go into a relationship, you will expect so much from your boyfriend while your boyfriend also expects much from you too. How much was I collecting as upkeep allowance, that would make me buy between N7,000 and N10,000 gifts for my boyfriend in a month?
“I had so many male friends that hanged out with me and, in fact, six of them walked up to me and asked me out. But I rejected their proposals. The financial implication and commitment was scary and I stayed away and they said so many things to me that I was too harsh. I just told them no and stayed away.”
On whether she ever had a crush on somebody before, Olabisi declares, “I had a crush on someone but he was not a student of the school. We met in Ibadan and we were at some point intimate as we once kissed. Although we are still friends, the crush is all gone.”
For Imafidion, an indigene of Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State, who lost her father at age eight, doing her mother proud was her preoccupation and not playing the campus love game.
She notes that the opportunity to pursue her programme was precious to her, so much that she “did not want to waste my time on one particular person” on campus.
She adds, “At the university, a student has to decide what he or she wants to do with his or her time. For me, I came here (LCU) with a particular purpose in mind and that was to make the best out of the opportunity I had. So, there was no time for partying or campus relationship.
“I did not just have time for a relationship on campus. Even when I had a relationship with someone outside campus, I practically had no visitor, except my sister; not even my boyfriend. My dream was just to come out with a very good grade and make my mum proud.”
At the end, their decisions paid out and they’ve both made their parents proud. Congrats, girls