Meet Ojumah Onyekachukwu Faith, the overall Best Graduating Student of McPherson University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria. Who studied Computer science and graduated with a CGPA of 4.84, Class of 2017 on episode 3 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. Started 15 and graduated at 19 years.

Enjoy the interview with her…

Q: It’s a pleasure to have you on such another episode of this series, can we meet you?

A: My name is Ojumah Onyekachukwu Faith, the first of three children. I’m 21 years old, from Delta state, Boji Boji Agbor to be precise. I am honored to be part of this. I believe so much in not just telling people I got there but also how I got there.

Q: How has your academic background been, was Computer science your most preferred choice?

A: Well, I wasn’t always an A grade student right from primary school because I never believed I could succeed academically. Until my JSS3 I was an average student. When it got to choosing department in SS class I choose art, because we believed science and commercial classes were only for intelligent people. My uncle advised I go to science department. Gaining admission into a private university was never the plan but ASUU strike left my dad with no choice than to enroll me to McPherson University, being the kind of person that believes so much in education and didn’t like the fact that I was just at home waiting for admission into Olabisi Onabanjo University. I got into McPherson, my name eventually appeared on the OOU admission list after the strike was called off but it was too late.

I never really had a preferred course but I knew I never wanted to study medicine or anything related so when I was given the Jamb brochure, my best option was computer science.

Q: What were your undergraduate days like? Any challenge studying Computer science?

A: School days were challenging. Trying to achieve something that I have never seen anyone close to me achieved before made it really challenging. Though, I had some exciting moments out of which I could remember was when I made my first 5.0 GP. It was surprising because I never knew it was possible to have all A’s in a semester. Also had some frustrating moments and I can remember the final year project to be one. At one point, I almost gave up. My classmates had their own ideas of how a project write up should look like so at different point of defense I kept on changing the structure. It was really frustrating.

Studying Computer science was challenging for me at first but I grew to love the course.

See this: SuccessStoriesSeries: #1

Q: What were your strength and weakness, greatest fear during undergraduate and how you overcame?

A: My strength was the ability to focus on just one thing and see that I give my 100% attention to it, unfortunately, that was where my weakness come to play. I couldn’t focus fully on two things at the same time, so having a relationship was never an option. My greatest fear was failing. I got so scared of carry over, that this fear gave a push for me to study harder. I overcame by devoting more time to study, YouTube videos, books and anything I could lay my hands on.

Q: Can you tell us your class of degree and Cummulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)? What were your grade points (GPs) like and any sense of fulfillment with this class of degree?

A: I graduated with a First class honor with a CGPA of 4.84. I can’t remember the GPs consecutively, but I know the lowest I had was a 4.64 which was the semester I got too comfortable with success that I almost lost it. Yeah I felt fulfilled with a sense of achieving something people told me I couldn’t.

Q: What was your participation vibe in class and your study pattern?

A: I never liked lectures sincerely. I was either dozing or carried away by my thoughts. In my opinion, I can never learn in the classroom, all I wanted was to have access to study materials, surf the internet for additional materials and learn in my quiet space. I was both the library and hostel type. Before the exam period, I would be in the library because of its quietness but a month to the exams, I used to be in my hostel.

Also see this: #SuccessStoriesSeries: #2

Q: What motivated you finishing with a first class?

A: At first, it was my dad. He brought home a punch newspaper and showed me the interview of a girl who finished with first class in Bowen University that year. I had not entered university, so I told myself if she could achieve this then I can also. On getting to 300 level, I began to motivate myself. I was no longer for someone but myself. I wanted to see what it would be like to be a first class graduate and eventually the overall best graduating student of  class of 2017. Aside from my dad and self motivation, my brother also came into the picture. I remember when I had my lowest GP (4.64), he told me ‘Sister faith you can’t afford to drop because you are my role model’ then it dawn on me that my life was a light to peoples paths and many drew strength from me so if I failed it won’t be just me failing, I would be dragging people with me. Motivation came from people around me and I realized that ‘in life you have to clap for yourself long enough before people join you’.

Q: Did you have a mentor along the quest, how was this helpful?

A: Yea, there were mentors for different aspects of my university life. I picked knowledge from different people, most significant one was Chineye who was in a level above me. She was recommended to me by someone in school, moving close to her I discovered her love for education was the same as her love for God and that was her backbone. She was open, friendly, also took me as a sister, helped me find strengths in my weaknesses, putting me through stepwisely. With that, I got to know what was required by each lecturer and lots more. She gave an unending support and motivation all through my undergraduate days, and yeah we’re still in contact now.  

Q: Can we know what your clique circle was or did you do things in solitude?

A: My clique were friends that had the same vision as I do, they were goal-getters and pushed themselves beyond average to become the best of themselves. People like Flourish, Anita, Tobi, Amy and Osas. These bunch were source of motivation and support for me all through, and we are still much in touch till now.  

Q: Did you have any entrepreneurial skill/brand along with studies, what was balancing it like?

A: Yes I did, during the holidays I took tailoring classes and online trainings on ottoman making. I never allowed school work to enter my holidays. I presently have a brand Ottomella which is a mini furniture making brand.

Ottomella

Q: What is your take on academic excellence, also your philosophy towards success?

A: Pursue academic excellence but balance it with life excellence. Do not be carried away by your pursuit that you forget to live.

My philosophy towards success states ‘believe in a vision everyone says impossible, sane people do not break records, being normal never leads to desired success, so dare to be different.’

Q: Thanks so much for sharing with us your success story, wishing you more wins in all you do. We would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday.

A: Anytime, I am available for this.

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

Facebook: Ojumah Faith

Instagram: Ottomella

Twitter: Onyekaojumah

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