A 41-year-old man, Nwankwo Anyamaobi, who graduated with a first-class degree in Economics at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, tells TEMITOPE ADETUNJI how he achieved excellence despite dropping out of school in 2001
What was childhood like for you?
My name is Nwankwo Anyamaobi. I am from Amaji town in the Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State. I am the second child in a family of eight. Childhood was fun for me. I was a very adventurous young boy and wanted explanation for every life circumstance I came across. Being inquisitive in this way made me a very good learner.
How did you feel graduating as the best student at the recently held convocation of the university?
I am grateful to God for His grace, mercy and favour which are instrumental to my academic success. I feel elated about this achievement as my hard work finally paid off. This is actually my second attempt at obtaining a university degree that is befitting of my intelligence quotient, having dropped out of a previous programme earlier. Graduating as the best student, however, didn’t come by luck. I desired and worked towards it. In addition, my dad was a disciplinarian and he used to advise us not to settle for good when excellence is obtainable. He insisted on the best or nothing. Although he died before my honours, it had always been his desire to see me excel in my academic pursuit and life in general. Suffice it to say that he laid the foundation for whatever success I enjoy today. Unfortunately, he is late; he died at the age of 57 or thereabout. His demise really created a vacuum difficult to fill for me and my siblings.
What about your mum?
My mum was also very supportive. In fact, when the economic situation of our family was at a low, she sacrificed her comfort and marital companionship by settling in the village to farm and support my father and my siblings in the city. She is alive and is very happy that I finally made her proud. She has several other graduates though.