Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme has emerged as the overall best graduating student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) for the 2019/2020 academic session at the school’s 52nd Convocation held on January 20, 2022.
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme, a graduate of the Department of Zoology (BSc. Environmental Toxicology and Conservation Option) received her first class degree with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.95 (out of 5.0).
ATANRANSHE, Oluwaseyi Gideon emerged as the Best Graduating Student in Humanities (CGPA 4.92).
Dr. UMUDU, Joy Chinyere emerged as the Overall Best Ph.D Thesis (Mathematics [Pure].
Interviewer: Who is Elizabeth Ekeoseye?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I hail from Igueben Local Government, Edo State, but reside with my family in Delta State. I am the sixth and last child of the late Chief Stephen Ekeoseye and Mrs. Penna Ekeoseye. I am a lover of God and it finds expression in all I do.
My parents played a principal role in imbibing the reading habit in me. Growing up, my dad would purchase large numbers of books for me without complaining about the cost while my mom would sit with me as we studied together. As a result, I never saw reading as a forceful activity. I enjoyed it.
Apart from reading, I love to sing. I am a chorister in Souls Harvesters Ministries (the church my family attends in Delta State) and in the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry Youth Church, which I attended while I was an undergraduate at UNILAG.
I did my nursery and primary school education at Highquest Nursery and Primary School, Warri, Delta State, from 2003 to 2010. I was awarded as the best graduating student of my set. I did my secondary education at Delta Careers College, Warri, from 2010 to 2016. I was the head girl of my set. I emerged as the best female graduating student.
I partook in the Awokoya Memorial Chemistry Competition in 2015 and emerged as the second best in Delta State. After my National Examinations Council (NECO) in 2016, I was presented an award of excellence for emerging as the third best candidate in Delta State by Learn Africa Plc.
Interviewer: How about your WASSCE and UTME results?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I took my West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 2016. And the result, English Language, A1; Mathematics, A2; Physics, A1; Chemistry, A1; Biology, C4; Civic Education, A1; Economics, C5; and Data Processing, B2. I wrote my Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2016 and I scored 246.
Interviewer: Why did you choose UNILAG and your course?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: It had always been my desire to attend UNILAG. The course I had in mind to study was Medicine. In my entrance session (2016/2017), there was no post-UTME examination and only aggregate score of O-level results and UTME was used. I had an aggregate of 76.75, which was higher than the entrance score needed for Medicine from the catchment areas but not high enough to meet the score given to people from other states. I was advised by a friend of my family to change to Zoology because of the career option of Environmental Toxicology, which I later majored in during my third year.
Interviewer: Can you give aggregate of your results from 100 to 400 levels?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I had a 5.0 GPA in my first semester 100 Level. This dropped to 4.94 in my second semester after having my first B. In my second year, I had 5.0 in both first and second semesters, causing my CGPA to rise to 4.97. However, at the end of my third year, my CGPA dropped to a 4.96 after having a second B in the first semester of my 300 Level. In my fourth and final year, I had a third B in the first semester and eventually finished on a 4.95, to the glory of God.
Interviewer: At what level did you realise that you were a potential first class graduate?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I realised that I was a potential first class graduate right from my first year, so I prayed and worked towards it.
Interviewer: How did you survive on campus during ASUU strike?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: During ASUU strike and COVID-19 break, I returned home to my mother in Delta State. I did not let it weigh me down. I spent my time reading my Bible, Christian novels and inspirational books. I joined my mom at her tailoring shop and assisted in her subsistence fish farming.
Interviewer: There are insinuations that it is easier to get first class in private universities than public universities, do you agree?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I do not totally agree with this view. Getting a first class whether from a private or public university requires you to put in the needed prayers and effort. Four of my elder siblings finished from the same private university. While they were there, I always admired their school system. It was well organized and not affected by strikes. I entered the classrooms and hostels, which were well furnished and ventilated and they also had a cafeteria where they went for their meals. These all influence the performance of a student.
Interviewer: Give students in 100 and 200 levels tips on how to make First Class
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: The factors responsible for my attaining a first class are God and smart reading. God really made studying enjoyable, guided and easy for me. Smart reading is an essential factor as well. It is reading in a strategic way that enables you to achieve more without being worn out. It does not support studying when you are tired, stressed or hungry because reading is a brain activity.
When the brain is well rested, it will be able to retain more in a short time than when it is stressed. Smart reading is doing what works for you, some people can read with music and noise and some need an extremely quiet place. I prefer the quietness of the early morning.
Interviewer: Are you a bookworm or a triangular student?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: I do not consider myself a bookworm. Reading is fun but I enjoy other activities too like singing, pageantry and debate.
Interviewer: Nigerian students abroad perform very well, what do you think is responsible?
Ekeoseye Elizabeth Osereme: Nigeria is blessed with intelligent people who are doing well both home and abroad. I believe that seeds thrive when they grow in the soil that supports their growth. Nigeria has supported the growth of many; same as going abroad has supported the growth of many. The responsible factors are God and the determination to succeed.