Saturday, 14 March 2020

UNICAL 33rd Convocation: Godwin Okoi Emerges Banking & Finance Best Graduating Student, Scoops 3 Awards

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By Obeten Godfrey, Calabar

25 year old Godwin Okoi, has emerged best graduating student from the Department of Banking and Finance, at the just concluded 33rd convocation ceremony of the University of Calabar.

Godwin, a native of Ugep in Yakurr local government area of Cross River State, emerged as best graduating student of his department with a cumulative grade point average of 4.18.

An elated Godwin wrote on Facebook: "Best graduating student department of banking and finance class of 2014. Although I couldn't hit the nail at the head I still thank God for his grace thus far. I register gratitude to God Almighty for his guidance and protection. To my parents and my late Lecturer, Prof David Mbat I dedicate this award to you. My second award goes to my mum and siblings and finally my third award I dedicate it to my erudite lecturers in the department of banking and finance University of Calabar."

The Banking and Finance graduate also disclosed that he lost his father in his third year of study, an event which he said left him demoralised and depressed. According to him, he recorded grades he never bargained for, as the incidence left him distracted.

"Oh what a happy day for me. My greatest distraction was when I lost my Dad on the 3 November, 2017 on my way to exams. Oh! I was demolarized with the news and I recorded grades I never bargain for in my second semester third year. I am trusting God as I push ahead for greater exploits," an emotional Godwin wrote on Facebook.

He went on to disclose that he attended one of the lowest secondary schools at his time but didn't let that determine his  fortunes and progress in the academic world. 

He further stated that he was underrated and looked down on by one of his lectures who felt he could never do well in the department. This he said became his greatest motivation to succeed.

According to Godwin, "It's the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our sight. In life I have come to realize that you cant do it alone, but one thing is sure hardwork pays alot. I attended one of the low rated secondary school somewhere in Yakurr. Upon resumption one of our lecturers took time in asking us our various secondary schools, when he got to me and I mentioned my own secondary school he made jest of it saying, are you sure you can graduate in this department? Oh! I was embarrassed that day.

Continuing, he said: "I got home I couldn't sleep all night, then I told myself I must proof him wrong. All thanks to God, I actually surprised him, but not for my father's demise during my third year which left me demolarized I know it would have been more better. Best graduating student class of 2014 banking and finance, I bagged 3 awards, all thanks to God" he wrote.

He challenged students to work hard, push towards becoming better; and urged them never to look down on themselves irrespective of the circumstance they may encounter in life.

"My advice to students all over the world is your background is not a yardstick for academic success. Thanks to all my friends, God bless you for honoring my invitation. Aluta Continua, Victoria ascerta."

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