79 Views

Meet Iyanu, The Nigerian Who Gradutes With First Class In Ghana

20yrs old Nigerian, Ayodele Iyanu, graduated with a first class from Department of Chemical Engineering in Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana, in the 2014/2015 academic session. He shared the experience of his days as an undergraduate with Punch’s Tunde Ajaja. It’s an interesting read:

How easy was it having First Class in the course?

I cannot say it was easy at all. It took a lot of prayers, patience and resilience. There were times it looked almost impossible but encouragements from mentors, siblings and friends especially the Nigerians in my class helped me push on. But with God nothing is difficult. It was one of my goaIs to have a first class and I thank God I achieved it, more so that I enjoyed the support of friends who encouraged me. Five of us had it in my class and we were all guys, while I was the only Nigerian among the five.What was your performance like in your . schools?
In primary school, I had a very good performance, always top two in the class. In junior secondary school, my performance dropped a bit but later became better in senior classes, earning me an award on our graduation day. It’s all to the glory of God. By the grace of God, I had my West African Senior School Certificate Examination in one sitting but I wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination twice.

Was it part of your aspirations as a child to be an engineer?
Yes, my dad is a civil engineer and he has always been my role model, so he made me love engineering. I remember those times that I would dress in his work protective clothing and move about the house as an engineer. As a child, I always dreamt of making the world a better place, so I grew to love the discipline with the little understanding I had then. When I got into secondary school, I realised I loved chemistry more than physics and technical drawing, and that made me switch from civil engineering to chemical engineering. If I wasn’t offered chemical engineering, I probably would have opted for computer engineering or petroleum engineering.

What is your simple definition of chemical engineering?
It is focused on developing economic ways of using materials and energy. We use chemistry and engineering to turn raw materials into usable finished products, such as medicine, petrochemicals and plastics for industries. We are also concerned with waste management and research.

Is the course as difficult as people make it look?
I think it has more to do with passion and determination. Yes, it is challenging but once the passion and determination are there, it makes it easier for us to go out of our comfort zone to put in the necessary effort needed to achieve success.

In spite of its wide application, are you disturbed by the unemployment challenge in Nigeria?
Personally I’ve taken it up as a challenge, instead of being discouraged by it, I’ve decided to do something about it. I believe more youths will also take up this challenge. Against all odds, we can solve the unemployment challenge in Nigeria

ALSO READ  Nigerian Lady Awarded Prize for Best performance in Chemical Engineering at Oxford University UK

What informed your decision to travel to Ghana for your tertiary education?
I left for Ghana after my secondary education and I only went there for my first degree. I really wanted to study in Nigeria, University of Ibadan specifically, but after trying twice and to no avail, I decided to explore other options, including looking outside my immediate environment. After my second attempt at UI, I was told I might have to settle for food science, which wasn’t an option for me. However, I thank God for how it finally turned out. There were other Nigerians in my class as well and about seven of us graduated.

Comparatively, how easy was it gaining admission into a university in Ghana?
I think it is easier to gain admission into universities in Ghana. They don’t even have an equivalent of our own UTME here; all they use is the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and that is why they place more value on it. We were about 130 in 100L, out of which we had about 15 Nigerians, but out of the about 75 that graduated, we had about seven Nigerians.

What are the major differences between the education system in Ghana and Nigeria?
There are no major differences but one thing I realised is that education in Ghana is faster than education in Nigeria. For example, engineering is four years there while in Nigeria, it’s five years. Understandably, that is based on the curriculum. In Nigeria, students in most schools use a semester for industrial training, but in Ghana, it’s done during the summer breaks. Another factor is that in Ghana, there’s more dedication on the part of the lecturers to actually groom the students. Most lecturers in my school were operating an open door system, whereby you could easily meet any lecturer for any challenge you might have. One other important factor is that each lecturer has a Teaching Assistant who could be approached for any difficulty in the respective courses.

Is there any part of their education you think Nigeria should adopt to have improved system?
I think both lecturers and students should be more dedicated to education. That seems to be a major factor.

What are your aspirations in life?
To fulfill God’s plan for my life and to inspire so many others to greatness and I like to work in a place where I can do what I love.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

OAP Nancy Isime Shares Success Story, Says She’s Never Afraid To Try
Entertainment
16 views
Entertainment
16 views

OAP Nancy Isime Shares Success Story, Says She’s Never Afraid To Try

PH - December 17, 2017

Nigerian OAP and host of Hip TV show “Trending“, Nancy Isime is celebrating her birthday today and few hours prior, she took time out to reflect on her life and journey…

‘Why I Killed For Politicians’ – Confession of 25-Year-Old Ex-cultist (Photo)
Shocking
40 views
Shocking
40 views

‘Why I Killed For Politicians’ – Confession of 25-Year-Old Ex-cultist (Photo)

PH - December 17, 2017

He used to be Nigerian politicians’ Man Friday, the ultimate Mr. Fixer in our murky world of politics. He used to kill and maim for them, at…

Photos: Desmond Elliot Shows Up At Constituency As Santa Claus To Share Gifts
Entertainment
30 views
Entertainment
30 views

Photos: Desmond Elliot Shows Up At Constituency As Santa Claus To Share Gifts

PH - December 17, 2017

We are already in the season of sharing and Nollywood actor turned Politician, Desmond Elliot is already putting smiles on faces of people of his constituency. The actor turned up…

How Alleged Killer Wife Maryam’s Mum, Brother, Househelp Tried To Hide Evidence – Police
Shocking
39 views
Shocking
39 views

How Alleged Killer Wife Maryam’s Mum, Brother, Househelp Tried To Hide Evidence – Police

PH - December 17, 2017

The Nigerian Police Force, yesterday, alleged before an Abuja High Court at Jabi that family members of Maryam Sanda, wife of murdered son of erstwhile Chairman of…

Agriculture: Ogun State Government To Start Sale Of Mass Ofada Rice (Photos)
Agriculture and Farming
28 views
Agriculture and Farming
28 views

Agriculture: Ogun State Government To Start Sale Of Mass Ofada Rice (Photos)

MT - December 17, 2017

The Ogun State Government mass produced Ofada rice, is to be ready for sale to the public this Christmas season in all the Local Government and Local…

2019 Election: Fr. Mbaka Refutes Claims ‘God Has Not Revealed Anything About Atiku’
Politics
39 views
Politics
39 views

2019 Election: Fr. Mbaka Refutes Claims ‘God Has Not Revealed Anything About Atiku’

MT - December 17, 2017

The Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has disowned media reports, which quoted him as saying that former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar…

Popular Crime Buster, Abba Kyari’s Brother, Farouk Kyari Graduates As Assistant Police Superintendent
Buzz & Trends
40 views
Buzz & Trends
40 views

Popular Crime Buster, Abba Kyari’s Brother, Farouk Kyari Graduates As Assistant Police Superintendent

MT - December 17, 2017

Crime buster Abba Kyari's younger brother has graduated as ASP.Abba Kyari shared the good news yesterday and wrote... 'My Junior brother Farouk Kyari Graduated as an Assistant…

Nigerian Lady, Diana Tattoos Wizkid’s Face On Her Body Says, “Its Permanent, I Won’t Marry”
Entertainment
33 views
Entertainment
33 views

Nigerian Lady, Diana Tattoos Wizkid’s Face On Her Body Says, “Its Permanent, I Won’t Marry”

MT - December 17, 2017

A Nigerian lady and an apparent die-hard fan of Wizkid, Diana, tattooed his face and name on her back and according to her, the tattoo is permanent…

‘I Am In No Competition With Phyno’ – Olamide Reacts To Phyno’s Sold Out Concerts
Entertainment
34 views
Entertainment
34 views

‘I Am In No Competition With Phyno’ – Olamide Reacts To Phyno’s Sold Out Concerts

PH - December 17, 2017

Reacting to critics claim that he is scared of Phyno, over his successful soldout concerts at huge venues at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu, YBNL Boss, Olamide who changed the…

SARS Operatives And Their Luxurious Lifestyle Revealed
Best of Nigeria
42 views
Best of Nigeria
42 views

SARS Operatives And Their Luxurious Lifestyle Revealed

MT - December 17, 2017

When Tunde Arigbabu (not real names) stepped out of his house in the Ijaiye Ojokoro area of Lagos State that fateful morning in June this year, he…

Meet The Most Controversial Nigerian Celebrities For The Year 2017
Entertainment
31 views
Entertainment
31 views

Meet The Most Controversial Nigerian Celebrities For The Year 2017

MT - December 17, 2017

2017 is indeed a big year for the Nigerian Entertainment industry… A whole lot happened. Some celebrities blew beyond expectations. Some had issues that carpeted their career…

NUC Ranks Ahmadu Bello University No 1 In Nigeria (See Full List)
Best of Nigeria
39 views
Best of Nigeria
39 views

NUC Ranks Ahmadu Bello University No 1 In Nigeria (See Full List)

MT - December 17, 2017

Ahmadu Bello University emerges Highest ranked University in Nigeria (SEE Full List) Congratulations To Amadu Bello University, Zaria. The National University Commission has released its rankings for…

This Bride Calls Off Traditional Wedding Just A Day To The Event In Delta; Refuses To Give Reasons
Shocking
37 views
Shocking
37 views

This Bride Calls Off Traditional Wedding Just A Day To The Event In Delta; Refuses To Give Reasons

MT - December 17, 2017

A prospective bride, Blessing Esakpe shocked everyone as she decided to call off her traditional wedding to her prospective hubby, Comrade Monday Ezuzu, just a day to…

Femi Fani-kayode Reacts To NBA And UNILORIN Student’s Hijab Controversy
Politics
32 views
Politics
32 views

Femi Fani-kayode Reacts To NBA And UNILORIN Student’s Hijab Controversy

MT - December 17, 2017

The controversy surrounding the Nigeria Bar Association and the Unilorin student who was denied a call to Nigeria Bar has been generating controversy since two days now.…

Ex-Governor Alao Akala, Actress Turned Politician, Funke Adesiyan, Teslim Folarin, Others Dump PDP For APC (Photos)
Politics
40 views
Politics
40 views

Ex-Governor Alao Akala, Actress Turned Politician, Funke Adesiyan, Teslim Folarin, Others Dump PDP For APC (Photos)

MT - December 17, 2017

APC National leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Osun state Governor Rauf Aregbesola , Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ibadan today to officially receive Chief Alao Akala, Actress,…

Gidado Idris Dies And Buried. Presidential Hopeful, Atiku Abubakar Attends Burial (Photos)
Politics
34 views
Politics
34 views

Gidado Idris Dies And Buried. Presidential Hopeful, Atiku Abubakar Attends Burial (Photos)

MT - December 17, 2017

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other dignitaries at the funeral prayer for late former SGF, Alh. Gidado Idris, at National Mosque, Abuja.

See What Ex-Super Eagles Player, Tijani Babangida Looks Like Now
Sports
48 views
Sports
48 views

See What Ex-Super Eagles Player, Tijani Babangida Looks Like Now

MT - December 17, 2017

Tijani Babangida and Daniel Amokachi pictured at the Africa legends game which held in Kano recently. They are players of our time that brought glory to Nigeria.…

Mr Nigeria 2010, Kenneth Okolie’s White Wedding Photos. Check Out The Bride’s Gown
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Mr Nigeria 2010, Kenneth Okolie’s White Wedding Photos. Check Out The Bride’s Gown

MT - December 17, 2017

Actor/Mr Nigeria 2010 Kenneth Okolie is getting married to the love of his life Jessica Nwakah today. We shared their beautiful love story and pre-wedding pictures here.…

Loading...