Nigerian orphan emerges Sudan’s best medical student

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Sudan’s best medical student, Islamiyat
Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir
The Cable quotes her as telling the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone
interview from Sudan that not just her
academic achievements but also her life in
general is a massive miracle since her father
died when she was around three years old and
her mother when she was six years old.
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“My academic achievements so far, till today,
seem like a miracle to me. Not only that, my
life as a whole is a pack of miracles,” she said.
With no hope of going further in her education
after her mother’s death, Abdulkadir was
saved by helper called Alhaja Sekinat Adekola.
“Thinking that was the end of schooling for me,
my grandmother withdrew me from the school
but the founder, Alhaja Sekinat Adekola, gave
me scholarship for my primary and secondary
education.
“I emerged best student in my primary and
secondary schools and even in my WASC, and
I had a high score of 274 in my UTME
examination.
“I have always had passion to be a medical
doctor, but because I was not sure of my
chances I filled Bio-Chemistry in my JAMB
form and came out with a high score of 274.
Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir posing with
her award plaque.
“This score was high enough to get me into the
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and
with the hope of changing to medicine later. I
had to jettison this dream because of the
financial commitment involved in studying
medicine.
“It was at this time that an admission team
from International University of Africa, Sudan,
came to recruit Nigerian students into their
school of Nursing.
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“I presented myself for the written and oral
interview and luck once again smiled on me as
I emerged the best student and a scholarship
was awarded me for my admission in their
school of nursing.
“After the end of the first semester examination
I emerged the best student, and the
opportunity I had been waiting for presented
itself. I approached the School’s Faculty of
Medicine for a cross over from Nursing Faculty
to Medicine, and the request was granted.
“So through thick and thin of financial
difficulties, culture shock, hunger and
loneliness, I braved it through and emerged the
best graduating student of the medical school
on September 2, 2016.
“For me to clinch the overall best student, I had
a CGPA of 3.37/4.00, making a groundbreaking
record in the history of the faculty by scoring
above 3.24, the last highest grade.”
“One certain thing I know about myself, which
cannot be disputed, is that I am a living miracle
of Allah,” she continued.
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“If you have searched for a proof of miracle
but to no avail, look no further as I am here to
testify to the miracles of God.
“I want to seize this opportunity to thank my
God-sent angels, Alhaja Sekinat Adekola,
founder, Proprietress of AD-din International
Group of Schools, for the good background I
got in the school.”

KARANTA WADANNAN;
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