I thought I would be sent abroad -21-year-old Firsy Class grad­u­ate

Weekly Trust - - News - Khamis (se­cond from right) dur­ing the Stu­dents Tech­ni­cal Con­fer­ence Sym­po­sium and Ex­hi­bi­tion com­pe­ti­tion at Nile Uni­ver­sity, Abuja Khamis Al-ameen Lamido

one has to in­still self-dis­ci­pline in one­self to guide his con­duct in school. This is what has kept me go­ing since my se­condary school days and I be­lieve it has helped me a great deal,” he said.

While at Ig­bine­dion Uni­ver­sity, Khamis rep­re­sented the school in var­i­ous quiz com­pe­ti­tions within and out­side Nige­ria. He was a pil­lar in the uni­ver­sity’s suc­cess sto­ries and his name is at­tached to var­i­ous awards won by the uni­ver­sity.

Re­act­ing to his chal­lenges in his early days in the uni­ver­sity, Khamis said he ini­tially found it very dif­fi­cult to get ac­quainted to his new en­vi­ron­ment as he met peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. He added that but within a short time he be­came friendly with vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one in his class.

Khamis re­vealed that one of the se­crets be­hind his suc­cess is com­pe­ti­tion. Ac­cord­ing to him, the com­pe­ti­tion he en­coun­tered amidst his peers in the uni­ver­sity made him to gear up to en­sure that he per­formed bet­ter.

“We in­sti­tuted among our­selves what we called mu­tual com­pe­ti­tions, we com­pared our grades and also re­lated to our lec­tur­ers as friends or guardians. We lived like a fam­ily and stud­ied like we were in a con­test, that helped us a lot to keep us abreast with the lat­est re­search,” he said.

His fa­ther, Al-Ameen Lamido, said his son’s suc­cess isn’t just suc­cess for the fam­ily but for Kano State and the na­tion, adding that he had never dic­tated to Khamis on what to read in se­condary school or uni­ver­sity.

“I never dic­tated to him on his choice of course and now that he has grad­u­ated with first class, I won’t dic­tate to him on what he wants to do in fu­ture, at least he is 21 years old now and I know he knows best what he wants,” he said.

Khamis, the se­cond child out of five, said he re­mains grate­ful to the Kano State gov­ern­ment for giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity to study in the uni­ver­sity un­der its schol­ar­ship. He fur­ther re­vealed that his next tar­get is to have a suc­cess­ful NYSC pro­gramme this year, and pro­ceed for a se­cond de­gree.

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