The University of Ilorin, Kwara state, recently organised their 31st convocation and graduating student, Saka Ismaila Oreoluwa emerged the best student in the school, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.92.
The institution, which recorded 69 First Class graduands, saw such dignitaries as the President of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama; Kwara State Governor, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, his Ilorin counterpart, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, among others during the convocation ceremony.
In an interview with the press, Oreoluwa admits that he is a politician and he used his involvement in campus politics to help others;
“I am a bit of a politician; I was the immediate past Financial Secretary of the Association of Statistics Student, and treasurer of the Unilorin Quiz/debate club, among others.”
When questioned about his studies and if he has any special pattern, Oreoluwa said “I don’t really have a study pattern, though I read anytime of the day. All I need to do daily is to spend at least one hour on my academics. There are times I may not read for days due to busy schedules. I don’t compete with anybody except myself. I maintain a normal life and never go to the extreme.
“I don’t read that much; I spend a minimum of one to three hours reading most times. I make sure I read whenever I needed to; I don’t read for reading sake. My one hour reading sometimes might equal someone else’s seven days reading,” he added.
He also shared the progression of his grades, “my CGPA started with 5.00 in 100 level, 4:97 in 200 level. It dropped to 4:90 after 300 level and I graduated with 4.92.”
He then concluded by sharing his experience at the university, “One of the things the university taught me is how to relate well with people, because I used to be a shy person. On the average, I have more male friends than female and I treat all, equally.”