Christianah Opeyemi Adeloye0
The only daughter and the second child of the three children of Evangelist and Mrs. Adeloye. Christianah, now a medical student at the University of Ibadan, attained a remarkable feat in the 2011 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), scoring amazing A1 grade in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Geography, Agric Science, Economics, Yoruba and B2 grade in Chemistry with a Total T- score of 682.3283, the highest total score, thereby attaining for herself, the enviable position of being the highest overall best candidate in Nigeria and the 2nd best in West Africa.
Christianah said there was nothing to that achievement than hard work and God. She said “it is not by power nor by might but by my Spirit saith the Lord”. Christianah with all her preparations did not expect to be the best in Nigeria, let alone being the best female candidate in West Africa. According to her “even with all my preparations, because I am sure that there are other people who prepared better than I did, but because God is with me, He helped me to achieve this feat. Actually I wouldn’t have achieved this if not that God is on my side”. She said that though she prepared well it was difficult to believe it. Her parents, she added, were surprised and amazed at it.
She attended St. Peters Catholic Private School Olomore, Abeokuta, Ogun State and Emmanuel Children School, Ilewo Orile, Abeokuta North local Government Area of Ogun state from 1998 – 2001. She had her secondary education at Omolaja Sodipo Memorial Anglican School Abeokuta and Charis International College, Abeokuta, both in Ogun state.
Christianah came 2nd in the Ogun State Communication Skills/ Quiz Competition among public and private primary and secondary schools.
She participated in the National Survey Essay Competition 2008 (JSS3) and came fourth.
In Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day Essay Competition, she came 1st at the state level and 3rd in the South West region which won her a place in the grand finale at Abuja during the 50 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria competition.
In the May/ June 2011 WASSCE she made A1 in every subject including Mathematics and English Language with a Total T- score of 682.3283, the highest total score, thereby attaining for herself, the enviable position of being the highest overall best candidate in Nigeria.
She also won Omon’oba Ereduwa award for her school (trophy) and Ereduwa award for herself as the best female candidate in Nigeria and West Africa, among other prizes too numerous to mention.
Though she spends her spare time like any other youngster watching television and reading novels, the soft spoken young lady has a regimented timetable for studying which she strictly adheres to achieve her set goals.
Behind a successful person, there must be an individual or people lending support. In this regard, Christianah said they are too numerous to mention, but she appreciated her parents for giving her the necessary support and wherewithal for her education, acknowledging the teachers in her alma mata, her mummy’s school as well as a teacher in her former school where she had her Junior Secondary School (JSS 1) before she transferred to her alma mater where she made this feat in JSS II. The teacher had told her then that she could be another Dunni Sobukola (the lady who made the best result in WASSCE in West Africa in 2005). Christianah added that one of the teachers used to give her different academic publications up till when she was writing the WAEC examinations resulting in her prominence.
Success they say has many friends. In recognition of her impressive educational exploit, many governmental and Non-governmental Organizations took steps to honour this rare gem and encourage other students. The Hallmark of Labour Foundation, in an award giving programme, presented her an award among other awardees with the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Barr. Olusegun Odubela in attendance. Christianah is a recipient of an Osun State government scholarship to cover her education in higher institution as well as the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 16, an Achiever Award.
Remarks that though the remarkable feat and the attendant publicity had not changed her behavioral attitude, she none the less, felt the import of the achievement when the children at the award ceremony organized for her by the RCCG asked for her autograph. Christianah seized the opportunity to tell the children that she was a normal person like them but with a difference by the grace of God.
On the impact of the achievement on her present academic pursuit, Christianah said it is just a push to do more as everybody, even in her present institution of learning, regard her as a genius. “I do tell them that it is not so but I do my best with God helping my weaknesses”. Noting the need to remain on top, she said she needs to put more effort.
She advised fellow students and youths in general to put in their best, affirming that “you can’t expect best if you have not put in the best. They should keep on trying even when failing, as success will surely come if they do not give up”. She advised the youth to be humble and persevere in their undertakings.
Source: Ogun Update (November 2012)