Suzanne, Michelle: Stars in Dif­fer­ent Shapes

Though stars are dif­fer­ent in sizes, yet its com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tic re­mains the lu­mi­nous el­e­ments that leave it shin­ing even in the dark­est dark. Suzanne Tsakma and Michelle Imogu hap­pened to be among the stars that have been dis­cov­ered in the planet earth

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The Bridge House Col­lege, Ikoyi, in a re­cent grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony dis­patched into the world over 160 grad­u­ates who by power of knowl­edge and di­verse ex­po­sure through a global-based ed­u­ca­tion; were sent to lighten up the world. Among these stars are two prom­i­nent ones (Suzanne Tsakma and Michelle Imogu) whose aca­demic per­for­mance, gifts and tal­ents dis­tin­guished them among their con­tem­po­raries.

Stand­ing tall in the crowd was Suzanne who along with the school choir ren­dered some num­bers. The au­di­ence, who were ob­vi­ously thrilled with the grad­uands’ per­for­mance, re­alised that it was a tip of the ice­berg when she per­formed a solo ti­tled, “This is Me!” (From the great­est show­man). This per­for­mance from the 18-year old Suzanne saw the Shell Hall of Muson Cen­tre that was filled to the brim with grad­uands, proud par­ents and other guests erupt in a shout of ex­cite­ment and ad­mi­ra­tion.

Given her awe­some pre­sen­ta­tion, one would think that Suzanne’s next point of call af­ter Bridge House Col­lege will be at a mu­sic acad­emy/stu­dio to fur­ther hone her tal­ent and to fully pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic. But Suzanne, who fin­ished as the Best Stu­dent in In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy as well as the Best Be­haved Stu­dent for the 2018 grad­u­at­ing class, has her eyes fixed on be­com­ing a Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer. “I am at­tracted to the works me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers do; their in­no­va­tive ideas can be used to change the world.” Tsakma who has al­ways been a sci­ence stu­dent, said that her time at the BHC en­abled her dis­cover whom she is and what she wants to be.

On how she wishes to pos­i­tively af­fect her gen­er­a­tion, Tsakma said she would like to go into pub­lic speak­ing in the fu­ture. “I am from the north­ern part of Nige­ria; I will like to be a mo­ti­va­tion to young north­ern girls. In the north, ed­u­ca­tion isn’t a pop­u­lar choice for the girls. So, I want them to know that they can be great in life by tak­ing ad­van­tage of for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in­stead of go­ing into mar­riage in their ten­der age.”, she said.

For 16-year old Michelle Imogu, it may be an un­der­state­ment to de­scribe

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