The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Alimosho Area Council on Sunday, honoured Aminat Yusuf, the record-setting first-class Law graduate from the Lagos State University (LASU).
TOP MEDIA reports that high school students in their final year also came together on the day.
Miss Aminat used to be a member of the MSSN Alimosho Area Council.
According to her, she gained admission to LASU through the Direct Entry (DE).
DE is another mode of getting admission into Nigerian universities without writing the UTME.
Addressing the gathering at the programme themed ‘Beyond the Schoolgate’, the 23-year-old opened up on her journey to academic excellence.
“I did diploma in law. I finished with 4.98 over 5.0 in diploma. “Diploma is like a two-year programme where you get to do compulsory law courses.
“So, I did not gain admission through JAMB (UTME), I did direct entry. I did diploma in law.”
Aminat Yusuf Speaks on ‘Japa’
Furthermore, Yusuf said if she gets opportunities outside Nigeria, she’ll take advantage of it and ‘Japa’, “but would come back to impact”.
‘Japa’ is a Yoruba word which means to leave for greener pastures.
Yusuf said the reason some people are successful is that several Nigerians who travelled abroad to add to their knowledge and upskill came back home to impact the present generation of young citizens.
“Japa in my own understanding means you are going and not coming back. You just want to run away; you are tired. If that’s the definition, I am not ‘japaing’. “That is not to say that I won’t seek further opportunities outside the country. “There are people who travelled abroad, came back and impacted us, and that’s the reason why some of us are successful today.
“So, I would go for my masters; I’ll do my Ph.D. abroad. If I get an opportunity, I’ll work there. But I’m definitely not going to forget Nigeria. “So, it’s not that I won’t go, but I’m not japaing.
“So, I will further my education. If I get opportunities, I’ll take advantage of them. But I would come back to impact InShaaAllah.”