Young and exceptional Adenike Rachael Adelakun has emerged best graduating student of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, for the 2016/2017 academic session, with a CGPA of 6.8 out of the maximum of 7.0.
The newly decorated Adelakun, who was among 55 graduates of the faculty whose induction and oath-taking ceremony took place recently, was given a standing ovation by all in attendance, as she climbed the podium to receive her prize.
While congratulating Adelakun and her colleagues, dean of the faculty, Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, advised them to be good ambassadors of the school and the pharmacy profession wherever they find themselves.
Speaking with Pharmanews immediately after the event, Adelakun, who was beaming with smiles, attributed her feat to God’s favour, adding that hard work, consistency, prioritising of schedules, going the extra mile, perseverance and dedication also contributed to her achievement.
Speaking further, the young scholar, who had both her secondary education at both Oladipo Alayande, School of Science, Oke-Bola, Ibadan, and Queens School, Apata, Ibadan, respectively disclosed that her decision to study Pharmacy was as a result of her great love for Chemistry.
“Also, I had always jokingly said as a kid that I wanted to discover a drug,” she said.
Speaking further, she noted that Pharmacy is a tough course that is not meant the unserious or the lily-livered.
“Pharmacy stretches you within your elastic limit. Although it seemed tough at first, I grew strong with it as it progressed. I had no clear-cut reading pattern, but I have this sense of responsibility to know and so, most times, I would write notes alongside my lecture notes or slides. I also I utilised notes that I got from Google and also videos on YouTube.
“Everything is literarily on the internet. I start reading early before the test rush. The utmost thing was I prayerfully read. It was not about the length of the reading but about the quality of what was read. Watching a video on a subject could reduce the time it takes to understand a course material, it might look stressful but it is worth it; it also widened my knowledge on the subject matter,” she said.
Details of Adelakun’s academic performance showed that she had a GPA 6.9 out of the cumulative 7.0 in 100 level; 6.8 out of 7.0 in 200 Level; 6.9 out of 7.0 in 300 Level, and 6.8 out of 7.0 in 400 Level.
Fourteen other graduands came out with first class honours and were featured on the ‘Roll of Honour’, they included, Chibuzor Maureen Okoro, with a CGPA of 6.8; Funmilayo Mosadijeofa Owolowo, 6.7; Rukayat Ohuene Audu, 6.7; Yemisi Mary Oyetunde, 6.6; Abosede Akinkuowo, 6.5; Blaise Omo-Sowho Uvie, 6.5; Anuoluwapo Esther Odunsanya, 6.5; Tolulope Stephen Babalola, 6.2; Adeola Tunmike Omotuyi, 6.2; Jeremiah Adewuyi Alade, 6.1; Shukuralilahi Abidemi Adewusui, 6.0; Emmanuel Ayodeji Agbebi, 6.0; Joshua Tosin Salako, 6.0; Dolapo Asisat Sanusi, 6.0.