NOUN’s Best Graduating Student is a 45-Year-Old Man with Two Wives
Many adult Nigerians without formal education would say age and family responsibilities discourage them from starting studying and any form of schooling.
But Bala Magaji, 45, a father of seven who on Saturday graduated in Islamic Studies, has challenged that claim.
Mr Magaji, who was showered with encomiums at the 8th convocation ceremony of the university in Abuja on Saturday, said a university degree is not cheap or easy but can open doors to great benefits.
”I feel very happy and excited today and I will recommend the school because it is one of the best in the country and it has rich materials,” Mr Magaji told journalists
When asked how he combined his academics and marriage, he said;
”I had to tell my wife to sacrifice every time she said she needed me and that is why I had to praise and thank her in my speech.
”I had the feeling that I will perform exceedingly well so I created time to study and I ensured I understood all I read. On the average, I read two to three hours daily and had lots of sleepless night,” he said.
Mr Magaji recorded a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.8.
He advised the management of the university to start a postgraduate degree in courses they are yet to have the programme.
”I will like to teach Islamic studies later,” he said.
Mr Magaji currently works at Unity Bank and he has a previous degree in Zoology from the University of Jos and a Masters degree in Banking and Finance from Bayero University, Kano.