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Meet Nigerian Girl who Failed WAEC 5 Times; Today She's
A Graduate with First Class
I often people who are close to me; if you work hard rather
than expecting miracle to marry a rich man or rich woman,
soon you will overtake even those you are looking up to.
That is Olu Famous for you!
Read the story of Alaboh Anthonia who sat for WAEC 6
times, today she's DELSU first class graduate:
27yrs old Anthonia is the second best graduate from Delta
State University, Abraka, in the 2014/2015 academic
session, and she graduated from the Department of
Mathematics with 4.70 CGPA. She shares her experience
with Punch's Tunde Ajaja.
How was your growing up?
My growing up wasn't easy at all. I was nine years old
when my parents divorced, so as the first of three children,
I had to assume the role of a mother for my siblings. There
were lots of challenges but I'm grateful to God for my dad
and everyone who assisted in making us who we are today.
Coping with numerous house chores, balancing that with
my academics and having to do the things I wasn't used to
before were all very stressful for me as a child but I thank
God who saw me through. My dad was also very
supportive, even though he lost his job about that time too,
we managed. My teen pastor in church also used to
counsel me.
Did it affect your performance in school?
Not really, even though I won't rule out the psychological
effect of seeing my parents separate. But overall, I didn't
do badly. In my secondary school, I was doing well but my
position in the class was like 21 out of 50. I wasn't so
much an excellent student then.
How easy was it passing your WASSCE and UTME and how
many sittings?
JAMB was not a challenge for me but when I first wrote the
WAEC, I had just two credits; Mathematics and English
while I failed the rest. I don't know why it happened that
way. I kept writing the exam until I had my papers in one
sitting at the sixth attempt. I finished from secondary
school in 2002, but I didn't pass all my papers at once until
2008. I could have combined results but I didn't want that,
so, I kept trying till I had it all at one sitting. That's why I
thank God for having someone like my father because he
understood what I wanted and supported me. He has
always been very supportive of our academics and I'll
always be grateful to him. He didn't despise me because I
didn't have my papers at once. He encouraged me and
stood by me. I later got admission in 2010.
As a child and in the midst of all that happened, what did
you dream to become?
My dream was to be a lawyer and human rights activist so
I could fight against the military government. But, as time
went on and democratic government was in place, my love
for science, especially mathematics, grew. So, my dream
changed to being either a computer scientist or a teacher.
So, I chose to study mathematics and my dad was
supportive. He was happy that I chose teaching, and he
suggested I could settle for being a lecturer instead.
How easy was it to have a first class?
Having a first class wasn't easy at all; it involves discipline,
determination, sacrifices, above all, God's grace, mercy and
favour. I never thought I would graduate with a first class,
not to talk of being the second best in the school, but after
seeing my 100L result, I had 4.33 and I felt I could put in
more effort and have a better result. When I got to school, I
planned not to go to parties or the beach. I didn't venture
into things that could waste my time, I had a concrete and
workable plan for each day, I decided to start reading as
soon as lectures began and I tried to have foreknowledge of
my courses by studying ahead. I also had friends who had
first class and I learnt from them. When I had 4.33 in 100L
first semester, I was happy but the people I told
encouraged me that with more effort, I could make first
class. My friends believed in me and they told me I needed
to do more. They told me the benefits of having a first
class and that the opportunities awaiting first class were
enormous, including job offer and scholarship. They said
Delta State Government used to give its indigent first class
graduates N5m, but that was then. However, without those
things, I still have joy that I achieved it. I started having
first class in 200L. I had 5.0 in my first semester and 4.85
in second semester. Since then, I had to maintain it.
What was your typical day like as an undergraduate?
I was either in the hostel, in the class receiving lectures, in
the fellowship or sometimes in the library. I had a timetable
for reading and my standard duration was six hours, two
hours each during the day, in the evening and in the
midnight. Naturally, I don't sleep for long. In the night, I
might wake twice or thrice so it was an advantage for me.
Initially, I never liked the idea of going to the library to read,
as time and courses grew tough, I started using the library
because I needed to use some textbooks. Gradually, I
became addicted to the library.
Were you involved in other school activities?
Yes, I was involved mostly in the fellowship as a chorister.
I was in different units in the fellowship, including prayer,
evangelism, home cell and academic unit. I was the director
in 400l, I was among the committee that organised the first
national mathematics conference hosted by our school as
the exhibition coordinator.
What was your most memorable moment in school?
My happiest moment was when our former head of
department shook my hand in 100L. I went to the
department to check my result and when the person in
charge was calling my grades and there were many As
(distinctions), the HOD was in his office, so when he heard
someone having As, he came out to see who had such an
impressive result. He shook my hand and congratulated
me. That was the first time I would be having a close
contact with him and he was someone I looked up to
because I heard he also had a first class, so I wanted to be
like him and I'm happy I achieved that.
What are your aspirations?
I would like to further my education till I become a
professor in applied mathematics, have my PGD in
education, learn one or two programmes and establish my
own school. I have always loved teaching and I found that I
have joy imparting knowledge in others. I intend to change
people's perspective towards mathematics especially
students in primary and secondary school. I like them to
know that mathematics is easy.
What is your advice to students?
My advice is that they should be determined, live a
purposeful life because today's input determines
tomorrow's output. They should believe in themselves,
think big, don't assume they know certain things; they
should be sure they know, and above all, know

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