Meet Owanemi Jim-George a First Class graduate of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Nigeria, who studied LAW and graduated with a CGPA of 4.54, Class of 2017 on episode 7 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. She started 19 and graduated 25 years.
Enjoy the interview with her…
Q: Kindly tell us about yourself?
A: I am Owanemi Jim-George, a lawyer, I am the last child in a family of four females. I am 27 years old, I studied Law in Bowen University and by God’s grace I graduated with a First Class.
Q: To start with, what would you say was your academic level during secondary school days and how has your academic background been?
A: I participated in a lot of activities; was in Book Club, Debate Club and UNESCO Club. I represented my school at oratory competitions, debate competitions, book reading/book summary and won several prizes. I excelled in my academics and I was the Deputy Head girl.
I attended Total Child Nursery/Primary school, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (1993-2001), Immanuel International Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (2002-2007), Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Port Harcourt (2007-2009), Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State (2012-2017) and Nigerian Law School, Yenagoa Campus, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Q: What was the CGPA you graduated with and how did you feel graduating with this class of degree? What were the factors responsible for your feat?
A: I graduated with a First class Honors, with CGPA 4.54/5.00. I felt graced as it was the beginning of a greater future to me. The factors responsible to achieving this feat are God’s grace, determination, perseverance, hard work, proper time management and good friends.
Q: What was your motivation along the quest, also did you have a mentor/role model?
A: My future was my motivation. I always strive to be my best self. I wanted to prove that one can serve God and still excel academically. I wanted to exhibit the University motto of Excellence, Godliness and Leadership. My Role Model was Fiyinfoluwa Akponinuoluwa (A Bowen Baptist Students Fellowship President that graduated with a First Class).
Q: Can you share some of your experiences in Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state and the lessons you learnt during your stay in school?
A: I served as the first Female Student President; it instilled leadership virtues for my future. I always prayed with all my roommates from 100-500 level; it strengthened our bond of friendship. My final year essay covered four aspects of law, I had to conduct interviews and send out questionnaires it wasn’t easy but God’s grace saw me through. Having movie nights with my best friend Adedunke Akindele, we would use our laptops to watch movie, eat popcorn and coke. I would buy one eba from BUWA Cafeteria and beg them for extra soup (laughs), I will save the extra soup for dinner and make eba in the hostel; just so I had something to eat because I didn’t have enough money to feed.
All through my stay in Bowen University, I learnt to; choose my friends wisely, live on a budget and manage my time well.
Q: What were the challenges you encountered before gaining admission into the university and what was your greatest regret as an undergraduate?
A: I wrote JAMB three times, did a National Diploma in Law but still didn’t get Direct Entry to study Law. I gained admission for Sociology in Bowen University (with a Proviso to transfer to Law) three years after I left Secondary School. I was going to 300 level Sociology when Law was accredited and I had to start from, 100 level again. In all I spent five years before getting admission to study my dream course (Law).
My greatest regret was not participating in sports.
Q: If you had the opportunity to ask Bowen University management for something, what would it be?
A: It would be scholarships for academically stable students that have challenges paying their school fees.
Q: What was your saddest moment on campus? Was there ever a breaking point/time of letting go?
A: Saddest moment were those times I couldn’t pay up my school fees and examinations fast approaching. I remember 400 level 2nd semester exam (Land Law) I cried that morning because I was told I couldn’t take the exam, eventually staff members had to beg for me to be allowed. Yes, there were times I felt I should just disappear for awhile and reappear when the storm was over.
Q: Were you in a relationship and did you have any entrepreneurial skill/brand along with studies? If yes, what was balancing these with academics like?
A: I was in a relationship for two years, we lived in different states, so I will say it was a period of learning for me. Firstly, I will say God’s grace. Then we both agreed on a time to call/chat. Whenever we had an issue, I channeled that energy into reading my books. Reading has always been a way I clear my head. There were times when distance took a negative turn on the relationship it wasn’t easy at all; but we scaled through.
Yes, catering. I focused more on it during holidays and presently have a brand Yummers Café.
Q: How were you able to combine extracurricular activities with studies? What’s your advice to students that may be experiencing the kind of challenge you faced?
A: I prioritized. I also had a good team as Student President so I delegated responsibilities. My advice is ‘don’t give up, it’s just a phase; it will pass’.
Q: Just before we call it a wrap for the session, do you have a philosophy towards success?
You will have everything you NEED in life; but at the RIGHT TIME.Owanemi Jim-George
Q: Thanks so much for your time, wishing you more wins in your pursuits and aspirations. We would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday.
A: You are welcome. Thank you, I appreciate the opportunity to share my success story. I will be honored to come as many times as I am invited.
You can connect with our guest on the following social media handles:
Facebook: Owanemi Jim-George
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