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I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by muyoto: 11:36am On Feb 24, 2012
ucation    Thursday, February 23, 2012

By Laju Arenyeka

It is fast becoming a cliche that some people are just born geniuses. The young man who holds the record of best graduating student in Nigeria doesn't quite fall into that class. With a CGPA of 4.99 under his belt, 20 year old Victor Ubong used to fail woefully as a child. In an exclusive interview with Vanguard Learning, He talks about the nuggets that make up his success story.

Have you always been at the top of your class?

Not until I got to Covenant University. Growing up, I was practically a struggle. I lost my mother, who had always been my motivation when I was in JSS3. In my junior secondary days, I used to be one of the last in class. Sometimes, out of 50 people in a class, I would come 43rd. But when I entered SS1, I was the best in accounts, though I was an average student in subjects like Biology and English.

What brought about the difference from olodo to genius?

I think it was because I started specializing. I began doing well in accounts alone as I had always had an interest in accounting because my father is an accountant. The whole transformation really began in SS2 when I met Jesus as my personal Saviour. That was when I knew that I could be the best.

At that time though, there was this boy that challenged me. He was the best in commercial class and because of him, I started reading seriously. By SS2, I became the best in commercial class. After then, I started improving, and never looked back.

What inspired your having 5.0 GPAs almost every semester?

When I first came into Covenant University, I never knew what a 5.0 was. But one shocking thing I did was before I resumed 100 level in September 2007, I told my father to disown me if I didn't graduate with a first class. In fact, I wrote it down and gave it to him.

I did that because I was surprised that he could pay my school fees, and I wanted to show him my appreciation and also challenge myself. I wrote "Dad, thank you for paying my fees, I promise that I come out of Covenant University with a first class, and if I don't, disown me". Then he collected the paper and put it in a file, which is still in our house.

When I went to Covenant, and I heard of someone I now call my mentor, Toju Arenyeka, who had a 5.0 in the first and second semester of her 100, I was inspired. The result was still on the board, I saw it myself. That was when I realized that it was actually possible. I still had my first class in mind, but I just aimed for a five point like every other person. But what I will say is God did it.

What extra efforts did you put in place?

In my first semester in school, I was reading for sixteen hours every day. There wasn't really time for friends so I had just one friend, Mayowa. When the results came out, we both had 5.0 GPAs and he wasn't reading as much as I was. He would read for three hours a day and still got the same result. So I was challenged.

In the second semester, I read with Mayowa and another friend for about three hours a day, and that was when I put the idea of synergy into play. When the results came out, the three of us had 5.0 GPAs. From then on, we preferred the idea of reading together to our long hours of reading alone.

Now, I read for about three hours every day. When I was preparing for the first diet of my professional exams last year, I read for a minimum of six hours every day. For this second diet, I'm planning to read for about twelve hours or more every day. Since I don't have my friends with me now, I have to study more.

What do you think about the fact that a lot of first class graduates are still job hunting?

I think that once you have the quality, the job will surely come. I think that if anyone tries to get a job and doesn't, such a person should develop themselves more and the job will surely come. Just keep on developing yourself, go for professional exams, seek to know more so that you can contest more favourably in the labour market.

What is your take on the belief that anyone who goes to a private school should graduate with a first class or at least a second class upper because of the high cost of fees in private universities?

I don't know about other private schools, but at Covenant University, you work for everything you get. The environment is such that if you work hard for something, you will get it. No lecturer can decide that nobody will get more than a B. The best graduating student in Nigeria before me, who had a 4.96 from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, went abroad for his masters and excelled more than everyone else in his school there. So Nigerians are smart, almost every first class graduate I know from Covenant and elsewhere have succeeded even outside the Nigerian university system.

Are you of the opinion that some people are born geniuses?

Of course, there are people who have been very smart from a young age, but there are also people who weren't very smart from the beginning but are doing very well now, and I am a testimony of that. There are many just like me and my advise to them is to identify their areas of weaknesses and work on them. For me, English as a course was a weakness, and I'm still studying it more.

Tell us about the course you had a B?

It was an accounting software course. Ironically, before the exams, I was the one teaching my course mates how to use the software, so I don't really know what went wrong. My system had a problem in the exam hall, but it came back on, and I finished. I was not expecting a B, even the lecturer was shocked that I had a B. I felt very sad, but I think it was meant to be. As a matter of fact, I wasn't expecting to get many of the A's I got. For my GST 111, the use of English, I was not expecting an A.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever done to pass an exam?

For GST 111 that I mentioned earlier, time was up, so I shaded B for numbers one to fifteen. I had exactly 70% in that course. Another unusual time was when I wrote a paper that I did not read for at all and still got above 80%.

Where do you see yourself seven years from now?

I should be 27 years old by then and I see myself as a partner in an accounting firm, as a doctorate degree holder, and very close to being a professor by then. I'd like to lecture, but only part time.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/02/i-was-very-sad-when-i-had-a-b-says-graduate-with-4-99-cgpa/

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Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Dyt(f): 11:39am On Feb 24, 2012
dis s it
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by muyoto: 11:41am On Feb 24, 2012
whereas for some of us, having a B grade would mean non-stop thanksgiving. . . grin embarassed
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Dyt(f): 11:43am On Feb 24, 2012
well i graduated wit 3.35
always partyin, slpn, hardly gets 2 class n if i do, i stay few mins n leave
smtyms i jst wish i wz serious
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by muyoto: 12:47pm On Feb 24, 2012
^^you try na. that's a 2.2 if I'm not mistaken.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Dyt(f): 12:48pm On Feb 24, 2012
yh
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Nobody: 3:50pm On Feb 24, 2012
God can establish u with whatever grade u have, inasmuch as it is honestly acquired and ur trust is in Him.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by moshoodn(m): 10:10pm On Feb 25, 2012
I gradED with 4.48 in biochemistry.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by larikky: 10:18pm On Feb 25, 2012
^^^^
where do u work now?
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by moshoodn(m): 12:01am On Feb 26, 2012
larikky:

^^^^
where do u work now?
who?
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by funkystanl(m): 9:54am On Feb 26, 2012
Go to OAU, ABU, UI, UNILAG, YABATECH and lets see if u can have the 4.99 cgpa from 100-500.

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Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by ikechukz(m): 10:06am On Feb 26, 2012
i be think say na better school sef
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by moshoodn(m): 12:45pm On Feb 26, 2012
ikechukz:

i be think say na better school sef
lolzzzzz
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by muyoto: 9:09pm On Feb 26, 2012
ikechukz:

i be think say na better school sef

school na school now. . . tongue
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Nobody: 5:35am On Feb 27, 2012
It's very easy to make a First Class. People should not turn it to something big or extraordinary.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by moremi2008(m): 12:54pm On Feb 27, 2012
The bittersweet reality of life is that all the studying and first class degrees in the world do not guarantee success in the game of life. For every Nigerian with a first-class, there are a thousand Indians and Chinese with a first-class+++. The world is teeming with technocrats and only a few of them make it past middle management. It's not sufficient to study hard and do well in school. Good grades have to be coupled with personality, wisdom, emotional intelligence and a good dose of humility.

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Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by stepo707: 1:03pm On Feb 27, 2012
funkystanl:

Go to OAU, ABU, UI, UNILAG, YABATECH and lets see if u can have the 4.99 cgpa from 100-500.
He cant have it here lai lai.But i knew a girl that finished from dept of statistics in 2009 with a 6.9/7.0 and also a guy that finished from dept of physics in 2004 with a 6.9/7.o in UI.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by sojioguns(m): 1:08pm On Feb 27, 2012
While I wish him very well in the "new life" he is about to start outside the school premises, I can only give him some advice, "BE STREET-SMART".
Those grades will mean nothing if you cannot socialise. Our economy doesn't encourage geeks.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by ojeycombo(m): 1:16pm On Feb 27, 2012
As much as i say "Nice one", i am still not impressed. undecided My respect still goes to the UNILAG guy that graduated with a CGPA of 4.98 in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. He had a history of ND - Lower credit and HND - Upper credit from the famous Yaba College of Technology, wink before proceeding to UNILAG to finish his degree. what a feat!!! (check Lindaikeji blog of last week for more info about this guy). That is what i call a "Genius"! Not one mushroom University that produces a supposed 3rd-class graduate of the conventional schools of UNILAG, UNIBEN, Ife, UI, ABU as their 1st class. Abeg!!!!! angry tongue

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Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by atasteve: 1:30pm On Feb 27, 2012
After all said and done, I give it to this boy 100%. Let's put all sentiments apart, this guy is brilliant. Welldone boy!

A piece of advise, as you are studying find real life applications of the theories and I can assure you that even the sky is not your limit.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by mkmyers45(m): 1:36pm On Feb 27, 2012
ojeycombo:

As much as i say "Nice one", i am still not impressed. undecided My respect still goes to the UNILAG guy that graduated with a CGPA of 4.98 in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. He had a history of ND - Lower credit and HND - Upper credit from the famous Yaba College of Technology, wink before proceeding to UNILAG to finish his degree. what a feat!!! (check Lindaikeji blog of last week for more info about this guy). That is what i call a "Genius"! Not one mushroom University that produces a supposed 3rd-class graduate of the conventional schools of UNILAG, UNIBEN, Ife, UI, ABU as their 1st class. Abeg!!!!! angry tongue

Exactly, First class in covenant is nothing, These schools "IN BOLD" will grind the 1st class out of you so when you get it you really deserve it
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Nobody: 1:37pm On Feb 27, 2012
Recently I met a couple of covenant students at an interview session which was a strictly first class engineering students affair. Man, was I disappointed? These covenant students couldn't even express themselves. I have always allowed for some doubt, but now am all but convinced that school is just a shack along the road! angry
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by ruiyeye(m): 1:46pm On Feb 27, 2012
Why don't u thnk he can do it in UI,ABU or any of the other "big Unis"? Is it because the lecturers won't give him the grade he deserves or because he's not smart enough? Victor is a smart youngman, so are many graduates of CU, the Uni actuali let's u bag a degree with the ACTUAL scores/grades u get in each paper, no lecturer victimizes cos they don't have their own 1st class or 2:1. So stop hating.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by ojeycombo(m): 1:59pm On Feb 27, 2012
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa
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Why don't u thnk he can do it in UI,ABU or any of the other "big Unis"? Is it because the lecturers won't give him the grade he deserves or because he's not smart enough? Victor is a smart youngman, so are many graduates of CU, the Uni actuali let's u bag a degree with the ACTUAL scores/grades u get in each paper, no lecturer victimizes cos they don't have their own 1st class or 2:1. So stop hating. [quote][/quote]

yeye, abi what is that suffix in your name? angry No one is "hating" nobody. Read my comments properly before replying. abi u chop kpekus overnight? tongue i aint gonna reiterate the quality of the Graduates from this schools. Given though, some of this schools i higlighted are in comatose, whilst the likes of the Convenants are brimming good. Be that as it may, there is a wide gap between graduates of this schools. A Graduate from Convenant and its likes are most likely to be drafted and engaged in the Banking sector, coz "arrangee" mata don dey ground. You can't see such CVs in Multinationals/Government parastatals/other relevant sectors where conventional Graduates are vying. Fact!!! Forget your argument of Lecturers this and that, all those combined creates in a Graduate the strength and resilience to withstand the thorns of life,
As they say in ABU, a 1st-Class graduate of Babcock/Convenant is equivalent to a 2.2 Graduate in that school. tongue Fileeee!!!! grin
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by scribble: 2:05pm On Feb 27, 2012
SO keep CU bashing, we dey hear una
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by highland(m): 2:10pm On Feb 27, 2012
That is extremely excellent
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by ruiyeye(m): 2:14pm On Feb 27, 2012
ojeycombo:

 Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa
« #23 on: Today at 01:46:49 PM »  

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Why don't u thnk he can do it in UI,ABU or any of the other "big Unis"? Is it because the lecturers won't give him the grade he deserves or because he's not smart enough? Victor is a smart youngman, so are many graduates of CU, the Uni actuali let's u bag a degree with the ACTUAL scores/grades u get in each paper, no lecturer victimizes cos they don't have their own 1st class or 2:1. So stop hating.  


yeye, abi what is that suffix in your name? angry No one is "hating" nobody. Read my comments properly before replying. abi u chop kpekus overnight? tongue i aint gonna reiterate the quality of the Graduates from this schools. Given though, some of this schools i higlighted are in comatose, whilst the likes of the Convenants are brimming good. Be that as it may, there is a wide gap between graduates of this schools. A Graduate from Convenant and its likes are most likely to be drafted and engaged in the Banking sector, coz "arrangee" mata don dey ground. You can't see such CVs in Multinationals/Government parastatals/other relevant sectors where conventional Graduates are vying. Fact!!! Forget your argument of Lecturers this and that, all those combined creates in a Graduate the strength and resilience to withstand the thorns of life,
As they say in ABU, a 1st-Class graduate of Babcock/Convenant is equivalent to a 2.2 Graduate in that school. tongue Fileeee!!!! grin


@ojeycombo, 1st of all, its COVENANT, i finished from there, and  i have NNPC-KRPC and  BPE on my CV, not to talk of where i work now . there are many others in Schlumberger, Accenture, KPMG, Ernst & Young, NCC, , really do you want me to go on? ur little submission about "Multinationals/Government parastatals/other relevant sectors where conventional Graduates are vying"  is RUBBISH!

@scribbles, thank, tell 'em
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by olajide8(m): 2:18pm On Feb 27, 2012
Rubbish!
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by johhnnie(m): 2:19pm On Feb 27, 2012
we always mis-interprete  this idea of being a genius.

I remember back in U.I my friends asked whether anything genius existed because, I was way up the top. But I would constantly tell them no. Or may be if i didn't attend lectures at all/ didn't read my books and still made As. Then, I may be a genius An inventor to me is a genius not someone that read and passed what he was taught. Such people as I am are merely clever and brilliant. Invent something original out of the ordinary; then , you are a genius. Else, you were just brilliant.
Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by vicade(m): 2:28pm On Feb 27, 2012
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Re: I Was Very Sad When I Had A B, Says Graduate With 4.99 Cgpa by Opoki(m): 2:29pm On Feb 27, 2012
rui_yeye:

Why don't u thnk he can do it in UI,ABU or any of the other "big Unis"? Is it because the lecturers won't give him the grade he deserves or because he's not smart enough? Victor is a smart youngman, so are many graduates of CU, the Uni actuali let's u bag a degree with the ACTUAL scores/grades u get in each paper, no lecturer victimizes cos they don't have their own 1st class or 2:1. So stop hating.
Guy, no one is hating, its only that your best is not always enough and there is no waiver in most cases especially in OAU, something that you could have been penalised for in OAU could be waived in CU. I graduated with 3rd class (2.33) and today i'm proud about how i've efficiently managed my life afterward. I'm a proud owner of a Farm with more than 7000 birds, i realized more than 2000 pieces of eggs daily.
I recently went back to OAU to collect my cert. After years of,
So lets see what he's going to make out of this wonderful grade!
OLU Agro-Allied Industry.

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