Two female graduates of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have reportedly broken the 21-yr-old jinx of no first class graduate at the institution’s English Department.

The graduates, Kehinde Lawal and Roheemah Arogundade finished with 4.56 CGPA.

Kehinde Lawal and Roheemah Arogundade will definitely be remembered in the history of the Obafemi Awolowo University. The ladies have reportedly broken the 21-year dearth First Class dearth in the English department ever since Akinmade Akande, now a professor of English, attained the feat in 1997.

Although they both graduated in 2015/2016, they recently had their convocation at the varsity’s 43rd joint convocation ceremony which took place at Amphitheatre Oduduwa Hall of the school. Lawal who spoke with Premium Times revealed that her parents were a major influence in achieving the educational feat.

Two OAU students graduate with First Class after a 21-year dearth in varsity's English department

In her words: “My daddy was very strict about academics and he kept telling his children that his only inheritance for them was a good education and a wise child would make good use of the opportunity.

My mummy too, all she wants is the best. She complains when she sees 70A and she says always that she is sure there is someone in the class with 80A.” Speaking on her experience while in school, Lawal revealed that she was engaged in a lot of activities as an undergraduate.

Not only did she enrol in French classes and took the French international examinations, but she also became a member of Nasels communication bureau, the press outfit of the department of English. Lawal also stated that Nigerian institutions find it difficult competing with their international counterparts.

“This is why most rich people and even Nigerian politicians send their children to private schools in Nigeria or send them abroad, to have their degrees. The curriculum, which is generally the total learning experience put in place for learning to take place, is not so encouraging in most Nigerian institutions but I am optimistic that things will get better.”

Ms Arogundade, from Ibeju Lekki in Lagos also attributed her success to her background. “I grew up in the family where it is believed that education is a key to unlocking countless opportunities in the outside world,” said Miss Arogundade. “That is the reason I dedicate the success to my family.” Advising younger ones not to give up, she said: “You can achieve anything if your mind can conceive it. Never neglect prayers and God is the only owner of life.”

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