Meet Adeife Samson Olukorede a First class graduate of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Nigeria, who studied Music and graduated with a CGPA of 4.88, Class of 2017 (Royal Set), on Episode 1 of #SuccessStoriesSeries.

He started at 14 and graduated at 18 years. Enjoy the interview with him…

Wilson Abimbola’s Blog (WAB):

WAB: Hello, can we meet you?

SAMSON: My name is Adeife Samson Olukorede. I’m a native of Ogun state, Ifo local government, I’m the first child of three, I’m a First class graduate of Music, Bowen University, class of 2017 (Royal Set).

WAB: It’s a pleasure having you on the first episode of #SuccessStoriesSeries.

SAMSON: I must say thanks for having me.

WAB: What’s your religion and denomination?

SAMSON: I’m a Christian, and my denomination is Pentecostal (Jesus the Light Ministry).

WAB: Was studying music your  most preferred course right from the start?

SAMSON: At first, not at all. While growing, I had always wanted to be a lawyer, but I couldn’t read novels or long publications, so I was discouraged, but at that point, I had been on the music gear already.

WAB: What do you mean by ‘I had been on the music gear already’?

SAMSON: I was born into a music family, my dad is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. My mum was in the choir before she married, but later couldn’t continue, because her voice broke while having me and my siblings. So, at early age of 4 I started learning the piano from my dad alongside my brother who was 3. So we continued the music till now.

WAB: Did you have any delay getting admitted into the university before being offered music?

SAMSON: Yes. After my WAEC in 2012, I took SAT examinations to study music in Australia. But having passed and ready to go in early 2013, my dad changed his mind, because I was too young, I was just 14, so we resolved to looking for a private university that has a good music standard, then Bowen University came up.

WAB: What was your nick in school? Was it weird!

SAMSON: My nickname was ‘Music’ and was initially weird because no one even cared to know my name, in fact most of my friends knew my name on the convocation day because it was written on the booklet.

WAB: Music… that’s hilarious.

SAMSON: For the record, any guy that called me Samson in school sounded weird, but also, any lady that called me ‘music’ sounded weird too.

WAB: Can you describe what your undergraduate days were like in a sentence?

SAMSON: It was wildly adventurous and I cherished every moment.

WAB: What was the best and most frustrating moments you had in school?

SAMSON: My first piano recital and convocation ceremony were summarily my best moments. Frustrating…hmmm… in preparation for my concert, my supervisor gave me a shocker of my life just a month to my final recital project, and I quote ‘Samson I don’t think you are ready for the recital, maybe you should drop it and do normal project write up’. I was really frustrated, because I had been rehearsing for over 6 months.

WAB: What can you say was your weakness during undergraduate days?

SAMSON: Weakness first … I can’t really say particularly, but as regards my grades, I was terribly ill a number of times. So it affected my 1st year second semester and 3rd year first semester.

WAB: Your favorite meal as an undergraduate and why?

SAMSON: Indomie and egg, probably because I love hot meals.

WAB: What’s your type in school, were you a social type or …?

SAMSON: Okay, I was a kind of both, I wasn’t a bookie in school. In fact you wouldn’t know I was serious, because I just lived normal, not too stringent life.

WAB: What was your class of degree and Cummulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)?

SAMSON: First class, CGPA 4.88.

WAB: Wow!

SAMSON: We bless God for grace!

WAB: What motivated you finishing with this CGPA? Were you intentional about it or it happened by chance?

SAMSON: While growing, I wasn’t so good in school work, until SS2. So I carried the secondary school mentality into Bowen, that I had to top everyone in my department, so I eased through the first two academic years, having 100L CGPA as 4.84 and 200L as 4.92, but in 300L I came to a personal realization not to read to pass anymore but read to know, since I would soon finish and face the outside world of opportunities and challenges.

WAB: What was your participation vibe during lectures?

SAMSON: Depending on the kind of mood or course. I could be very quiet and some other time very interactive.

WAB: What was your study pattern or type?

SAMSON: Mostly hostel, over years, I cultivated the habit of reading over night. In fact, let me tell you a secret, I watched all the Harry Potter series during examinations.

WAB: What were your Grade Points (GPs) like from 100l 1st semester till the last semester in the final year? Possibly consecutively.

SAMSON: 5.0, 4.80, 5.0, 5.0, 4.89, 4.80, 5.0 and 5.0.

WAB: What were your parents’ reactions each semester as you build up the CGPAs?

SAMSON: They were okay with it, though initially they were wanting much more, but they stopped lest they put pressure on me.

WAB: May I ask this … was there mentor or role model?

SAMSON: At that time, my music role model was my supervisor, Dr. K. E Olawale.

WAB: Were you in a relationship or had a close friendship with an opposite sex, that meant a lot to you?

SAMSON: Not at all. I wasn’t sure I could merge academics and relationship together, though I had lots of close female friends.

WAB: Did you have any entrepreneurial skill/brand along with studies?

SAMSON: Not at all, just academics.

WAB: What is your opinion on pursuing academic excellence?

SAMSON: This quote I took from a movie which summarizes my take on academics ‘pursue excellence and success will hunt you pants down’.

WAB: Now on striking a balance between academics and involvement in extracurricular activities (if any), how did you do it?

SAMSON: Yes I did. I did participate in in-school football competitions scoring two goals in a match between humanities and economics, also went out of the school on several occasions for musical performances. I never allowed it to either disrupt my classes or practice time.

WAB: What is your encouraging note to a student out there reading this … trying to get academics right but with a mixed priority?

SAMSON: I’m not so good with giving motivational speeches because I feel, it’s only narrating one’s experience which is different from the recipient’s. But there is one thing that is constant to every success story, though there are challenges surely glory will follow. Having mixed priorities? Rule out a plan and create in order of importance and necessity, all what you want to do or what you can do. Then, make sure they are in line with what you can do and have passion for. Summarily, follow your passion!

WAB: Just before we call it a wrap for this session, do you have a parting line or philosophy towards success?

SAMSON: Hmmm… whatever you are doing now can only get better if you don’t stop. The progress might be slow, but hey, you are closer to greatness than yesterday.

WAB: A quick shout out to ex-classmates/set mates and lecturers who made your stay in school worth it?

SAMSON: Dr. Olawale (baba), Esther Oyekunle, Oluchi Anuforo, Anthonia, Joshua Makinde, Chineye Ibemesi, Ayo Alabi, my roomies in 100L and 400L, Obi Michael, Remi Akin, Wilson Abimbola, they are just many… All my choir people too.

WAB: Would you recommend your school to young champs out there still in search for the best university to enroll?

SAMSON: Hmm… Why not.

with Remi Akin

WAB: Thanks so much for your time, wishing you the very best in your pursuits and aspirations. We would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday.

SAMSON: Thank you for having me on this platform!

You can connect with our guest on the following social media handles

Facebook: Adeife Samson

IG            : @kore_keyz

Twitter    : Kore_keyz

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