Meet Adeboye Oluwaseyi Adeniyi a First Class graduate of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria, who studied Animal Physiology and graduated with a CGPA of 4.76, Class of 2017 on episode 4 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. He started 18 and graduated 23 years.

Enjoy the interview with him…

Q: It’s a pleasure having you on today’s episode of #SuccessStoriesSeries, can we meet you?

A: Thanks, I’m glad to be here. I am Adeboye Oluwaseyi Adeniyi, from a family of 7 and the 4th of 5 children. I’m 24 years old, from Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Q: How has your academic background been?

A: I attended Wesley Nursery and Primary School, Sagamu, proceeded to Agbele Community High School, Sagamu, Ogun state where I graduated as the best student. Also went to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta where I earned Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Science Laboratory Technology, and later headed to the prestigious Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria (FUNAAB) where I studied Animal Physiology.

Recommended: #SuccessStoriesSeries: #1

Q: How did you get admitted into FUNAAB and the challenges encountered getting admitted into your most preferred course of study?

A: Hmmm… Seeking admission wasn’t funny for me. I was the first to attend higher institution among my siblings despite being the 4th child, so the whole admission seeking process was on me. I made a wrong decision that made me wait for a year after finishing Secondary School in 2010.

Initially, I wanted to study Biochemistry but on taking JAMB UTME, I was offered Animal Physiology. I accepted the admission with the hope of changing my course in the second year but I changed my mind since I developed interest in contributing to food security in Nigeria and studying Animal Physiology would provide me the platform. The competition in Federal Universities across Nigeria was one of the challenges faced. Although, I wasn’t properly informed, I never knew more than 28,000 applicants compete for 3500 slots yearly in FUNAAB.

Q: What were your undergraduate days like and can you take us through those moments you had in school?

A: I would say undergraduate days were challenging and at the same time thrilling. I had my best and frustrating moments anyways. The best moments I could remember were; becoming the Class Representative (Class Governor as the case may be) and the first time I had 5.00 grade point (GP) which was first semester in 300L. The former molded quality leadership traits in me while the latter made me discover myself that I can handle more than one thing at a time and still come out being the best. I can say the frustrating moments were the times I missed deadlines for assignment submission and when my performances got below the targets. My strength was performing excellently under pressure and I would say my weakness lied in trusting people easily, which I later learnt to adjust.

Not to forget this, I had a breaking point/quit moment in 200L when I had financial problems and I’d already concluded to drop out of school, but my passion wouldn’t allow me. I took a part-time job that year which sustained me through the remaining years.

See this: #SuccessStoriesSeries: #2

Q: What was your class of degree and CGPA? Did you feel fulfilled?

A: First class honors; 4.76/5.00 CGPA. Yes, I felt fulfilled, seeing my involvement in some 4 activities while on campus and still finished strong.

Q: What’s your type personality, participation vibe during lectures also study pattern?

A: My personality is in-between the two extremes, attended shows, FUNAAB idols, going to cinemas in and out of school and lots more. I was the interactive type and enjoyed lecture periods. I read in the library during the day because I don’t like my sleep disturbed at night.

Q: Can you share with us your grade points (GPs) from 100l 1st semester till the last semester in the final year consecutively? Was keeping these GPs easy and what were your parents’ reactions each semester as you build up the CGPAs?

A: The chain of my GPs goes thus 4.39, 4.29, 4.57, 4.67, 5.00, 4.92, 5.00, 4.96, 4.75 and 4.87. Achieving these GPs each semester was quite easy for me cos I knew the principle involved. Actually, my parents don’t understand GP or CGPA, but they understood the class of degree. They kept encouraging me to maintain my first class.

Q: Despite so many odds, rigors, sometimes non-conducive and challenging atmosphere of learning, where the classes are sometimes overpopulated typical of either federal/state universities in Nigeria. How managed to have graduated with this first class CGPA?

A: Yeah right, federal universities and overpopulation in classes and laboratories are 5 and 6. However, at this point my vision helped me, I mean my eye. Although, I lost one of my eyes at age 5, but the other eye miraculously enlarged to complement for the deficient one. Though I aimed at sitting in front, even when I sit at the back I could see and hear clearly. I detested failure and pity, so I had to be distinct with the ‘stigma’. Moreover, I vowed with God on my side I would be better than those with two eyes. These reasons helped me finish strong and as the best in my department.

Q: What/who was your motivation along the quest and possibly your greatest fear as an undergraduate? How did you overcome it?

A: My main motivation was wanting to break and set a new record in my department. However, a lot of people around got me motivated; Dr Williams who taught me to set targets, Ojo Temitope who mentored me. Also, Sodipo Ibukunoluwa who was my senior who pledged an award if I beat his CGPA in the department which I’m glad I did.

My greatest fear was not meeting the set targets. I overcame this by balancing myself; reading during the day and resting so well at night. Managing my time well was the key.

See this: #SuccessStoriesSeries: #3

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

A: Yeah, started mentoring back in school and now I’m a life coach hoping to include business coaching soon. Balancing it was amazing, it gives me joy helping people get it right in their academics and life. Time management really helped me to strike a balance.

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

A: This is my take on academic excellence… ‘pursue academic excellence rigorously, but don’t forget discovering yourself to knowing the particular problem you can solve in life.’ My philosophy towards success simply states ‘If you get the same result repeatedly, change your beliefs and your method.’

Q: Thanks so much for your time and sharing with us your success story, we wish you nothing than the best life can offer. We would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday.

A: It’s a pleasure, no problem. I’m just a call away.

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

Facebook: Oluwaseyi Adeniyi Adeboye

Instagram: @adeboyesheyman

Twitter: @AdeboyeSheyman

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