“My Enemies Motivated Me”-Aminu Praise, M.T.U English First Class Graduate

Aminu Akinyele PraiseGod is the best graduating student in the department of English, Mountain Top University.

An interview section was held between CT (CmaTrends) and the First Class graduate.

The Interview went as follows

CT’s Interviewer: May we know you?

Aminu Praise: I am Aminu Akinyele PraiseGod, a native of Yagba East local government of Kogi State. I am a graduate of English, Mountain Top University.

 CT’s Interviewer: What did you graduate with cumulatively?

Aminu Praise: I graduated with a 4.63/5.00 CGPA.

 CT’s Interviewer: Were there times you felt you were under too much pressure?

Aminu Praise: I was the Press Secretary of the Students’ Representative Council (S.R.C) of my school, the General Secretary of my departmental association (NASELS), once the Secretary of the Writers’ Club of my fellowship and the Student Representative of the Ceremony and Honours Committee. So yes, I had a lot of pressure coupled with my social life on campus.

 CT’s Interviewer: You graduated with a First Class in English. Did you make a conscious effort to do better while you were studying?

Aminu Praise: Yes, I aimed at graduating with an impossible 5.00 in an impossible department. This goal energized me in achieving this academic feat.

 CT’s Interviewer: How did people treat you while you were studying considering your age?

Aminu Praise: Permit me to begin my explanation from the inception of my academic years. I graduated from POWA International school, Abuja, at the age of 8 and gained admission into Command Secondary School, Kaduna, that same year. Living in a rugged school with rugged people at quite a young age is very challenging. You can imagine growing up with long-lasting bullies. I had a very small stature and this automatically made me a bait for lots of bullies. I, therefore, moved with grown people, who were scary in school. So, anyone who tries to bully me would be severely dealt with. In my university days, however, I had no such experience. I was treated like every other undergraduate.

 CT’s Interviewer: Do you feel successful after graduating with this degree?

Aminu Praise; Having a First Class degree does not make one successful, but serves a key to open doors. I don’t feel successful but I hope to be in a few years. 

CT’s Interviewer: What was your academic feat in secondary school?

Aminu Praise: I was the 3rd Best Graduating Art Student in secondary school, among a few other awards. 

CT’s Interviewer: What was (is) your motivation?

Aminu Praise: My motivation is my enemies. Whenever they tell me discouraging words or act in a disregarding manner towards me, I get energized to do more. 

CT’s Interviewer: Were there people that motivated or facilitated your academic successes?

Aminu Praise: Yes! The axe may forget, but the tree will always remember. God was my pioneer support; my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aminu Akinyele, were my backbone. My sponsor, Mr. Olujimi Adebowale, facilitated my undergraduate successes and by God’s grace, Masters’ and Ph.D.’s feats. My role model, Professor Emmanuel Adedun, was a huge support to me. My lecturers: Dr. Ademola-Adeoye Feyi, Dr. Anana Mariam, Dr. Joseph Friday-Otun, Dr. Esther Senayon, and Dr. Olusola Oso immensely contributed to my successes. Mr. Olatunbosun Taofeek was a huge support to me. My siblings, friends, and well-wishers motivated me.  

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