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After Three Attempts at JAMB Exams, Iziren Akhigbe sets new record with his 4.98 CGPA! Meet University of Lagos’ 2012 Overall Best Graduating Student



26 year-old Iziren Josiah Akhigbe set a new record at the Convocation Ceremony of the prestigious University of Lagos on Thursday, February 16, 2012, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.98. Graduating from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iziren led not only the 37 First Class graduates from the Faculty of Engineering, but the 118 from the entire University, achieving the highest first class degree ever in the history of the University. Izi, as he is fondly called by his friends, has proved that nothing is impossible to achieve with hard work and determination. He shares his inspiring journey to his enviable degree in this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo.

Born and raised in Lagos, Iziren has had a long ride to getting his University degree. Ever since he completed his secondary school, he had his eyes set on University of Lagos and didn’t want to attend any other University. However, after having three unsuccessful attempts at his entrance examination, he opted to attend Yaba College of Technology where he obtained both his National Diploma and Higher National Diploma before gaining admission to the University via Direct Entry. Iziren, is currently undergoing a four-month training course at GTBank and has his eyes set on furthering his education later on.

What schools did you attend before getting into the University?
I started my Primary school at Laraday Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja but I finished at St Leo’s Catholic Private School, also in Ikeja. Then I went on to Federal Government College, Ibillo in Edo State. Then I went to Yabatech and finished my HND in 2007. After that I did my NYSC before getting admission into Unilag through Direct Entry. I entered at 300 Level.

Why did you go to the Polytechnic first if you had your eyes set on a University degree?
I wrote JAMB three times and every time I saw that I was getting to the cut-off mark of the previous year, they would increase it. Unilag was just the only University I wanted to go to. Maybe if I had tried Uniben with my results, being from Edo state, I probably would have gained admission, but I just wanted it to be Unilag. So I decided to go to Yabatech and do my National Diploma (ND). Unfortunately, the year before I wanted to switch to Unilag with my ND results, they changed the requirement from Upper Credit to Distinction and I had an Upper Credit at ND. I tried Direct Entry with my Upper Credit, it didn’t work, so I had to go back for my HND again. By the time I was done with my HND, I had an Upper Credit and that was what Unilag required for Direct Entry at that level so I was able to get in.

How many years did you spend at the Polytechnic?
I spent five years. Two years for my ND, one year for Industrial Training and two years for my Higher National Diploma.

After spending five years in a Polytechnic and one year at your National Youth Service, why did you feel a University Degree (B Eng) was still necessary?
I didn’t want to limit myself. I didn’t want to get to a point and be told that I couldn’t go further because I didn’t have a Bachelors’ Degree. Since I had the requirement for Direct Entry into Unilag, I decided to give it a shot.

Do you think coming into 300 Level at the University with a HND gave you an edge over your colleagues?
I would say that the things I learned in Yabatech helped me succeed in UNILAG.

You’ve set a new record at University of Lagos with a CGPA of 4.98. How did you make this feat?
It was in Yabatech that I actually developed a reading culture. Not just reading what I learnt in class, but to actually do more research and studying. I had a couple of study groups at Unilag. There were people who understood some courses more than me. I asked them questions to teach me, you can’t be proud about such things. There were times when I had to do tutorials for a couple of people and when you do stuff like that, you understand it better. It was just studying, studying groups and the people that I helped and people that helped me.

What does your degree mean to you?
It means that I can actually do what I want to do. I can say I want to be a professional, be a specialist. I can decide to do some more academic work and if possible come back to the academic line. I can decide to do a business, and see how I can put the knowledge I’ve gained to work. Generally, I think I should be able to do anything I want to do.

If you had a chance to go back to being an undergraduate again, what would you do differently?
I would take my Lab course more seriously, because the only ‘B’ I ever got was in a Lab course. I don’t really know what happened that semester. I think I probably took for granted some questions I was supposed to answer and thought I would still get an ‘A’.

Was the ‘B’ grade your lowest ever in the University?
Yes it was, and I had it only once. In my 300 Level second semester.

Some people say a first class degree in Unilag is cheap and can be easily gotten. What would you say to this?
I would say they should probably come to Unilag and see for themselves. Its not cheap o.

Did you ever have time to socialize in school?
I was just like every regular student. I went for a couple of parties. Ozone cinemas is not far from Unilag so once in a while, I went to see a movie, sometimes I used to go to my friends room and hijack their laptops and watch any movies I hadn’t seen. There were a couple of hangouts, I went out with friends from school, friends from outside school. I think I had a normal social life.

That is rare. The stereotype is that “brilliant students are nerds” Generally, I think it depends on the individual. There are some people that you would see that they read so hard and their grades are not so good and you begin to wonder what is happening. It is one thing to read, another thing to understand, another thing to remember what you have understood, another thing to put down that which you remember.

How did your colleagues relate with you at school? Did they call you a nerd, a geek or an “Efiwe”?
When people who didn’t know me hear that the guy has this kind of GP, they look at me and say “are you sure he is the one? He doesn’t look like a nerd, he doesn’t look serious.” They called me different names. Some called me ‘Prof’, some ‘the great man’, they just made up some funny names.

What is your definition of success?
Being able to do what you have to do. If you are a business man, you are successful when you are making money. If you are a student, you are successful when you are making good grades. I think success is just being the best at what you are doing.

Now that you have a first class degree and you set a new record at University of Lagos, would you call yourself successful?
I won’t say I’m successful all round, but as a student, probably yes. I haven’t had much work experience except for my Industrial attachment. I did a couple of holiday jobs but I want to really go into the engineering profession and try my hands there. Maybe if I do that for a couple of years and become a specialist in a particular field, maybe then I can call myself successful.

Why did you decide to study Mechanical Engineering?
I chose it from the subjects I liked in secondary school. In the beginning I liked Mathematics and Chemistry, but later I preferred Physics to Chemistry, and then of course Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

A campus environment is usually filled with lots of distractions from people and activities. What were the distractions you were faced with in school and how did you find your way around them?
I won’t say I’m not influenced by people or things happening around me, but to a large extent, I could be indifferent to happenings around if I decide to. There was really nothing to distract me. I planned my time around the activities that I had to do. When I had to watch a movie, you could call it a distraction, but I had to make up that time somehow.

How about distractions from girls on campus. Were they any?
I entered Unilag in 300level and by that time, most people already had their close friends and stuff like that. In my class, we were all guys and just one girl so there was really no distraction in my class. My hostel wasn’t so far from my department so I hardly had time.

But the girl does not necessarily have to be in your department or even in your faculty. There were girls everywhere (pun intended)
I don’t know why, but I’d say nobody had my time. There was a day that I noticed that no girl was actually looking at me. I went to see a friend in another hostel and when I was leaving, I mistakenly wore my leather slippers and a bathroom slippers. I had no idea how I did that and I walked all the way from there to my faculty. My problem wasn’t that I wore it, my problem was that nobody, not even a girl could look at my feet and say “why are you wearing this?”. Then I realized that no girl was looking at me.

Would you call yourself a genius?
Not at all. A genius is someone who wouldn’t have to read and would come out tops. Me, I read o, I read plenty.

What is the next step for you now?
Work. For now its Guaranty Trust Bank but something else might come up later.

You studied Mechanical Engineering and finished with a record 4.98 CGPA. What are you doing in the bank?
I am in the training school right now. You don’t know where you’re being posted to until you finish. Most likely it won’t be anything related to Engineering but I’m actually looking at the possibility of working where I’d have to deal with figures in the bank.

Do you have any plans to go for a Masters Degree soon?
I’m actually looking forward to it but not anytime soon. I want to gain some work experience first.

Were you the guy to call upon when anyone had a difficulty with a course?
There were some courses that were like that, not all.

How would you encourage your child if he or she fails a subject at school
The first thing is to know what the problem is. It could be that the child is confusing something for another thing. I’m an encourager, I’d tell my child that if someone else can do it and pass, you can do it and pass.

How would you evaluate the teaching standards at University of Lagos compared to other Universities across the continent? Did you complete practical work on the courses you were taught?
In UNILAG, I would say that the teaching is thorough. The lecturers try as much as possible to finish their syllabus and when you get tested, you get tested across the whole syllabus. Most of the practicals that we did were lab practicals and they weren’t so much. Really in Nigeria, I don’t think there is any school that would give you all the practicals you need until you get to the work place. That is why most times, wherever you work, you have to do a bit of training.

If you didn’t do as much practicals as you wished, how would you be able to compete favourably with your counterparts from Universities across the world?
The key to everything is to keep learning, there is no end to learning. You should actually decide to improve yourself.

What is your advice to anyone hoping to achieve something similar to what you have achieved?
The most important thing is to know yourself; you should know your strengths, weaknesses and limitations. You should know what kind of environment you like to read in, you should know the time you read and assimilate more, you should know if you are a slow learner or a fast learner. For me, I like to wait for a lecturer to put us through in a course before I go ahead and read on it. It all depends on knowing yourself, everything comes under that.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Amina

    February 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Wow! Impressive

  2. Oropo

    February 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    GTB ke? Abeg Chevron and Shell should come and beg this guy to work for them!

    • tyra banks

      February 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Wetin u mean! no b bank?

    • amebo

      February 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      so with 4.98 cgpa he should work for gtbank as a mechanical engineer? what was ur cgpa, probably 0.01

    • Abs

      February 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Im sure Amina meant per the guy’s engineering background, a bank isn’t the palce to work. dont have an attack pls. 🙂

    • Naija4life

      February 23, 2012 at 4:49 am

      with 4.98 GPA u can fly if u want…that GPA says his brain is limitless..anywhere u can apply urself positively, pay the bills and be happy is what counts..for now its GTB, life is not etched in stone jare..

  3. twinx

    February 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    no be small thing o 4.98 is smae thing as 5 point , am sure he only had B in one course … dats great

  4. faith

    February 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    wow!…he shuldnt av gone to d bank….i wish him well shaa…

  5. its moi

    February 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Well done man end of the day we can see jamb is not everything. someone take this young man out of the banking world. for all he has achieved he needs to be doing something related to his field. thats if he wants it tho…

  6. Lue

    February 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    good…..very good

  7. Bibi

    February 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    GTB? That will be a waste of this huge talent!


    February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Awww I love him. Humble and sweet. Congratulations!! He really deserves it.

  9. babe

    February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm


    • Lizzy O.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Indeed a big Congrats to this guy.
      He has done very well for himself and I love everything he said.

      Especially when he said “Me, I read o, I read very very well”. Lol…

      I wish you many more wonderful achievements in life.

  10. Theodora

    February 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Big Congratulation man. e no easy oh

  11. bisoye

    February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    please, I beg of you. do not work for a bank. Nigeria needs Trained Engineers !! Get engineering experience and apply for scholarship for a PhD abroad. There is so much new development in the engineering field nigeria is oblivious to.
    please, please, please !!!
    ps: from an Ex-mechanical engineering student of Unilag

  12. Mario

    February 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This guy should just find his way out of GTB as soon as possible. I don’t understand why he should be in the bank. He needs proper guidance

  13. austen akhigbe

    February 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Kudos 2 my broda frm anoda moda. Dat grade point was wondaful, but him 2 d bank is a situatn of a round peg in a square hole please go 2 beta places lik shell, chevron, texaco,NLG nd d likes.

  14. bisoye

    February 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    and I will not advice you to go into oil only for immediate cash. no modern enginering break through awaits you there. nigeria does not need more petroleum engineers, it needs to develop other sectors, with modern tech and equipment it can sell and export.

  15. Zee

    February 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Congrats to him. Hard work does pay..disappointmments not withstanding.
    How is it that Valedictorians these days break the “geek” stereotypes? Last. Year, the valedictorian in Uniport had a CGPA of 4.88 & if you see this babe ehn, JIZUZ! As in one very fashionable calabar chic so. Everyone was shocked. And when they read her citation we learnt she had the highest jamb score the year she was admitted & also the highest post-ume score too. That was the day I started respecting lace wig, anklet, designer-wearing students. Even GEJ was so tripped,(he attended the convocation) the girl made millions that day. Congrats Izi & goodluck for the future.

    • Teema

      February 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      hahah, u r a real comedian!

  16. Opeyemi

    February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I second Bisoye boy, pls get some engineering experience! you have done well.

  17. cynthy

    February 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    He is my church member and am so proud of him, i reckon with d best only

    • Gidi

      February 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I hope he is also proud of you?

  18. oyin

    February 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I graduated from unilag and I’ll try everything I can to get this guy’s contact for christ sake what are you going to do in GTB?
    If you are reading this, please go to any of the engineering firms not necessary oil coys sef.
    They ‘ll send you on training,brush u up and you’ll look back and thank your stars.
    GTB is just going to use you, please dont waste this stuff you’ve got working for A BANK.

    • mercy

      October 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Congr ,Izi . I see myself too being successful in wht I desire to be. But who can give us his contact

  19. Tiki

    February 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I like it when unlikely people do unexpected things…Go Izi! Who would have thought that somebody who couldn’t get into Uni would top the academic chart? Perseverance, hardwork, and God are indeed a recipe for success!

  20. Maureen Opara

    February 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Excellent performance,congrats

  21. fokasibe

    February 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    More grease to your elbows!!! May the good Lord bless the work of your hands and I’m using you as a point of contact for all the university undergrads…May God shine His light upon them to do something as noteworthy as you have…

  22. Erykah

    February 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Well done Izi, SKF is proud of u……..

  23. Twix

    February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Guy, If GTBank post you go any other department apart from treasury, i beg waka leave them

  24. BukiOni

    February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    What an achievement. Maybe he’s just working at the bank until he can get an engineering position, a brother’s gotta eat and banking is as good a transitional gig as any. He mustn’t become complacent though, he’s too talented for that. I hope he goes on to pursue a career in engineering. I wish him every success in his future endeavours x

  25. fairangel

    February 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats Izi! God bless u.

  26. Gidi

    February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This is how talents waste.
    so Unilag did not notice his high GPA trend and attach a Counsellor to such exceptional talent? How did he find his way to GTB?
    When his type end up in GTB, we will have 3rd class and pass graduates designing and building the 4th mainland bridge and other such infrastructures!!
    All the same, congrats!!

    • Oche

      February 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Counsellor??? lmao

  27. Francesca

    February 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Congratulations! Hard work does pay off.

  28. kem

    February 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    GTB KE, abeg abeg, leave that place ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, before they waste your time, wat happend to shell,chevron better still, we need new invention in the country…all the best dude

  29. loma

    February 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Please anyone n @cynthy should tell Izi that he should not go and waste his intelligence in a bank doing a job that 5years down the line he would not be relevant anywhere else but in a bank. No pun intended but you need to challenge yourself…from a caring ex-banker

  30. amy

    February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  31. Personal Shopper

    February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Omg!!! Congrats dear!!! No need to look for job ooo

  32. kem

    February 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    on a second thought, he had an advantage above his mate after spending years doing ond, hnd AND nysc, COMMON HE WAS NOT NATIVE…LOL, ALL D SAME KUDOS

    • Olugboyega

      February 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      You are funny. How many people do you know with a HND that have gone to back for a degree programme?? and how many of those graduated with a first class engineering degree? How many multiple JAMB repeaters have graduated with a first class? This guy was determined, period . .he never gave up. If he still went to uni after HND, I believe he will not relax with the bank job because he is much better and stronger than that. Like some smart here mentioned, it does not have to be an oil job (of course money is essential), we need folks like him to be consultants to producing and manufacturing companies…of course you need experience and training for that. Good luck to you and God bless.

  33. printer toners

    February 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    congrats to him for achieving such a high success of his life. i am sure this achievement will totally change its fortune.

  34. ebere

    February 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Congratulations dearie!!! Ĩ̷̊t̲̣̣̥s indeed a great achievement.

  35. toyin

    February 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    this is like a version of my story, same schools. Man u do me proud with ur humility & tell it all attitude. Many people out there has the misconception dat all excellent students are geniuses, so untrue. I knw frm experience it takes hard work and knowing urself, ur lecturers, humility and a will to learn and excel, jst like u said. I can relate 2 ur nid to hone ur working skills at GTB. The most important tin is knowing wat u want & going for it. On the other hand, u shld realise u cld develop urself further in ur field by either pursuing ur postgraduate degree in a prestigious school abroad or applying to a global firm where u would most certainly get practical training to boost ur skill & knowledge. Wateva u decide, jst give it ur best like u did with ur studies. kudos

  36. yeahisaidit!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I agree with kem. This dude is 26! Almost 10 years ahead the average JAMB candidate. I am sure that if I was to sit GCSE again- 10 years after my 1st attempt, it would not be so shocking for me to set a record with my performance!

    • Oche

      February 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Oga/Madam reevaluate your statement. The article doesn’t say he got the best JAMB result at 26. Don’t commonize this feat. He didnt even use JAMB to enter Unilag so what are you saying sef? He used his HND degree to start at year 3. So really all he’s had is 2 0r 3 more years worth of tertiary education than the average student. But the way this would have helped him achieve this is that he had a lesser period of evaluation, less chances to score lower grades.

    • ko-eazy!

      February 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I agree that yes, he does have lesser time of evaluation and lesser chance of accumulating poor grades as opposed to those who have been there for 5 years. With that being said, I know first hand that the higher you go, the tougher it gets to make those grades. So he does need a pat on the back for this one. Good job man, and pls tell me this GTB is posting you to an engineering firm cos i’m totally confused.

  37. lola

    February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Impressive, congrats Izi, this guy as broken the the sky is your limit phrase becos he caught the moon, at people telling him to leave GTB, am sure he wont be in GTB if he had other offers, man must chop first, abi you want him to walk to chevron and shell and demand for work ? bikonu na where they offer am work he go work, if they dont offer him jobs in all the places u’ve mentioned he should eat air, while not trying to work for a bank? am sure better offers will come soon Iziren just holdon to what you have until you get what you want! wish all the best in your future endevours

  38. Deejay Moe.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    You guys can follow Iziren Jose Akhigbe on twitter (@ezien) to have a chance to get to know him better…. Also follow @Djmoe01. M.O.E. (Music Over Everything)

    • amebo

      February 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      @Djmoe01. M.O.E. why we go follow u? u get cgpa of 4.98??

    • Tudbee

      February 23, 2012 at 5:26 am


    • diamond

      February 23, 2012 at 9:40 am


  39. bj

    February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Congrats! Why is he going to waste his time at GTbank with that impressive GPA in engineering?

  40. madman

    February 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Bros, don’t waste your time at GTB. You should start your own business. Nigeria is a DREAM KILLER. In the meantime, come to Harvard, we await your likes. After that you can go back to Nigeria. Word is enuff for the wise.


    February 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  42. NM

    February 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    its funny how west africans willl always state the nursery and primary they attended when asked about their education.

  43. gloria

    February 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Greatest Yaba Tech Student!!!! Great Great Great!!!! yea that where the spirit started from i believe you die keep up guy,the sky is your starting point.

  44. LaDizzle

    February 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    1st tinz 1st.. Moe dis is not an advertisment space.. Ʋ r a weist.. Izi nice one oo.. Thank God Ʋ had d patience 2 write jamb 3 times.. If it was me Ĭ will jus be like moe and hawk plantain.. Very happy for Ʋ man..more power 2 ΰя elbow.. D sky is d beginnin

    • M-M

      February 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      [email protected] laddizle …………… Nice one my friend Izzi, u’ve made us proud & i’m sure dhiraj must be proud of ya feat 2 lol…

  45. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Loads f comments. .wer do I start the thank you’s from?

  46. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Great yabatech indeed!!!

    Great Akoka!!!

  47. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I was askd what pry school.i had to answer. Lol

  48. madman

    February 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    IZIREN, when are you coming to Harvard ? Why dont’ you apply for scholarships ?

  49. UsaveOne

    February 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Great, his family will be proud of him.

  50. Usifo

    February 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations……..indeed U’ve really worked hard,cos I had a 4.28 as well as my CGPA while graduating from d Uni,I must confess it wasn’t really easy though,thank God good health,provisions and all of that,I think am so glad to have a gem like as a Nigerian

    • amebo

      February 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      boaster boaster!

  51. Lil fiz

    February 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Perfect. Congratulations

  52. mobi

    February 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Iziren,abeg GTB is not the best offer for you at the moment o!
    Banking job makes people loose their foresight/dream ,probably the cos of the Big pay
    its ur life though we cant live it for u

  53. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you,people. I know theres much to be done. There wil be more school,for sure but not havard yet. Maybe M.I.T. for masters/Ph.D. . .
    I am not doing anything at the moment and so i’m in the bank to add to my knowledge base.

  54. yve

    February 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I applaud him o for his determination and drive but dude is 26!!!! i don’t understand the basis we use to grant people celebrity! this dude is TWENTY SIX YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!! his age alone is far above the average age of a graduating student…and the fact that he had 2-3years HND in the same course just takes away from the story in my eyes. For crying out loud…i know people who finish ON TIME from Naija Unis with first class degrees…u don’t see their faces anywhere. I personally know a young nigerian (immigrant no less) who will…become ATTENDING CONSULTANT PHYSICIAN IN AMERICA at the age of 26! you dont see his face anywhere….yet we are pasting this up and down the place? Maybe those people are not as record setting as this. I am sure very soon now na ‘future award – Young person of the year’ wey em go get! i believe he should be given accolade and praise and he should be proud of his accomplishment…but something about the way this story is presented just makes me want to scream…and its nobody’s fault really…I blame naija and its uncanny ability to take talent/genuis, beat it into submission and make it so so small and for us to raise it far above it’s worth and brandish it as spectacular! anyway…congratulations!

    • Madun

      February 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks for applying common sense here. it’s like me going back now at my old age to undergrad…yeah i will wipe out the GPA and if i do otherwise, i deserve to flogged.

    • Gidi

      February 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

      common, please take a chill pill.
      In a country where thieves, prostitutes and talentless druggies in the name of musicians are being celebrated, i consider it a breathe of fresh air to celebrate this lad. Whether he is 26 or 46 makes very little difference. forget all the analysis, a 4.98 CGPA is a record in unilag and irrespective of the quality of Nigerian education, a unilag degree is not worthless. This lad is not the reason why your consultant friend is not being celebrated in public and the fact that your friend is not being celebrated is no reason why this lad should not be celebrated. I really struggle to understand your bitterness.

    • yve

      February 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      incase u missed it, i did say he SHOULD be proud and be celebrated! just like a one eyed king should in the land of the blind…

  55. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  56. iziren

    February 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you all. .

  57. ib

    February 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Izi, m so excited απϑ happy 4u. Just told momsi now sef…. More power to u God’s Son!

  58. abi

    February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is why young people need great mentors. NO GTB, get an engineering job in a multinational company, or in other engineering related company. also try to get a scholarship to further education abroad after working for 2-3 years. why study engineering when you want to work at the bank. why take all the hard classes. I am also an Engineer in the states the sky is your limit.

  59. oke adedolapo

    February 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    i love dis,am so touched,dis is absolutely great and impressive.

  60. amebo

    February 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    see these yabatech people o, the certificate go have line under were dem go write- ‘started from yabatech’ go dey??? i tire o! abeg make una park well!

  61. Olugboyega

    February 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats man. Good luck in all you do. Please keep in mind that you are better than settling with a bank . I trust you to make the right move at the right time.

  62. Madun

    February 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    at his age and with his experience, he did what he was supposed to do. abeg jare. matter of fact, they should have flogged him if he came out with less that a 4.5 CGPA. Nigerians and their penchanct for celebrating normalcy. he is not a genius so stop hyping the dude before his ego gets out of hand. congrats Iziren. But i can show a 26yr old with Cum Sum laude Kappa all combined with a PhD.

  63. Busayo

    February 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm


    Congratulations and a big well done to you. I know it must have taken a lot of work. Please find your way out of the banking industry. If Shell, Chevron or other O & G companies don’t come after you, then go after them. I’m certain it won’t be a struggle to get in there.

    I’ve been in the banking industry for 3years and I see what it can do to people like you who actually have other non-banking ambition. You have put soo much into this, going for a degree after you already had a HND. Please pursue your dream to the end. Try check out scholarships that can launch you further too. You have what it takes.

    I wish you all the best.

  64. Qweencess

    February 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Izi? Itz tym to deviate †̥ђε teachnz to “how to b famous oo” ahan…nat †̥ђε other tinz*wink* M lyking dis..cOngratz again 😀

  65. word

    February 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Im a banker so im not ignorant wn i say dis guy has no biz in the industry. I hear GT is ok but for Izi, its a misplacement. The bank knows this but organisations r selfish most times. Izi, pls log on to EXXONMOBIL’s website now and apply…they r currently recruiting school leavers. Visit Shell, Total, Chevron, Maersk,GE,Schlum,BG,and the like…dts where ur training shld be taking place now. You deserve the training, salary, and exposure an oil job provides, not that classroom GT is going to box in for d next 4months teaching u customer service and balance sheet.

  66. T.S.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Wow, Amazing Story. I am SUPER IMPRESSED.

    @Izi, I’m glad you said you want to get work experience first before going back to get a Master’s degree. That is the right thing to do. I am a little disappointed that you would not want to get experience in an Engineering company but chose a bank, but to eaach his own, do what suits you. My advise to you would be to spend the rest of the years as you work, figuring out what you really love to do career wise, then pursue it. If you have already found it, all the best.

    Best of luck.

    Wnd what is with this perception that smart people are nerds….err NOPE!!!

  67. T.S.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry, but I totally disagree with what you are saying. You cannot compare education timeline of someone in the U.S. to that of someone in Nigeria. The education system and opportunities are different. When you consider the struggles that people have to go through to gain admission and graduate (including multiple strikes), it is quite different from the U.S. I am not belittling the achievements of those in the U.S. oh. We should celebrate them all. Maybe you should submit the girl’s credentials to BN and she will be featured one day as well.

  68. congrats

    February 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    r u kidding me?? please apply to Goldman-Sachs abeg afta dat u can like to go to imperial or oxford uni better still harvard or princeton sef u deserve it they will all happily take u with scholarship sef! kudos X 1000. So proud of this Nigerian Citizen!

  69. Anike

    February 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Inspiring and humbling; may your latter be greater than your fromer Izi.

  70. Kemi

    February 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Jealousy people, this guy is a genius school in Nigeria is not beans, he did great and whatever choice he makes…he will do his family proud, it’s his time to shine.

  71. kizito

    February 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This guy weldone o but I am begging you bananking for you is bad market. Why suffer to do ond,hnd and b eng and you are happy telling us that you are in GTB?I am warning you I’m a banker myself and d only reason I’m still here is cos. I have accounting background you are almost 30 don’t waste time look for an engineering firm that wud help u nurture ur skills I’m begging you. Leave that training school now they are obviously stuffing ur. Head with basic accounting

  72. sandiecool

    February 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    dis is a gud 1 iziren,more grease 2 ur elbow.I’m aspirin 4 dt tew nd i’m gonna get dere dis semesta. gud job*smiles*

  73. no dignity

    February 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    All I can say is WOW….WOW….ermmmmm WOW. Congrats man…I dnt knw u yea, buh am impressed n so hapi for u n ur family…its an achievemt n u shd b thankful to God Almighty for givin u d grace….CONGRATULATIONS

  74. moo

    February 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    congrat izi. for all of u shouting him down not 2 go to bank,am sure if he has an offer in any of d engrg or o & g firm he will not accept gtb offer.moreover age might not b on his side considering d age limit must of company set dis day in naija

  75. LILIAN

    February 23, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Congrats o.This goes a long way to show how diificult it is to have a high gpa in any management inclined course.I am not saying engineering is easy o but if u workhard u fit get 5.00 in courses with maths than with too much subjective english lool.GBOSA(3*) Bros.

  76. @AfricanLaReina

    February 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I haven’t even read the article yet and I’m already inspired by the title. This story defines the phrase “It’s never too late”. People like Iziren inspire me, everyone’s in such a hurry to graduate and move on to the next thing. Taking a 2nd and 3rd attempt at JAMB was a decision made by him for him. Following others when everyone eventually breaks to a different path makes little if not no sense at all. Well done Iziren and congrats!

  77. Babe

    February 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Nice! I felt proud too when I graduated as 2nd best overall in one of Nigeria’s best private universities (wont tell you my CGPA). All I want to say is Iziren, I dont think you should be in the bank. I graduated with a degree in Accounting, started out in one of the big 4, still developing but knowing what I wanted to do in the first place and sticking to it has really helped me become the person I wanted to be especially in my career. I would advise that you start out with a small engineering firm (relevant to your course of study and get trained). Yes we all need money but the truth is that if you’re good at what you do the money will be rolling in for sure at a time not so far from now. Its sad our dear country does not appreciate good brains otherwise someone should be sending this guy on scholarship to some good schools abroad now. I wish you the very best and even though I dont know you…I am very proud of your success!

  78. Babe

    February 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Bella why dont you have a like button! Good talk @madman! Nigeria is definately a dream KILLER!

  79. jaybee1luv

    February 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

    congrats izi,this is just the beginning of more success for u

    i cant stand killjoys like,yve and madun n co,pls this is not the Us or anything,those of us in naija understands how this is such a great feat to achieve,iziz u have just inspired me to go a step further,by the grace of God i am not leaving lag without a 1st class,i am almost there …ijn

  80. diamond

    February 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Did anyone notice that the babes didnt send him? and he’s cute oh! unilag babes get very high taste then.

  81. dudubeauty

    February 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Wow dude is smart!!!…and good looking too…nice combo 🙂

  82. chibaby

    February 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    seriously what is he doing in a bank? what happened to mobil,total,shell,chevron etc?

  83. tj

    February 23, 2012 at 10:35 am happy for him.he definately deserve to work in a better place.anyow i guess dis is his starting point.

  84. Lola

    February 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    It’s not how long but how well. Congrats!

  85. ng

    February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i celebrate wit u. congrats

  86. yinka

    February 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm


  87. Dor dor

    February 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I work in one of the owrld leading oil manufacturing and servicing (American Owned)..GTB fine BUT you need an engineering experience. You can go for your masters -into being a SUBSEA ENGINEER, PROJECT MGT etc…OIL AND GAS SECTOR NEEDS YOU!Congrats.

  88. Brina

    February 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Izi is my kind of person. I love determined and focused people and Izi is one of such. I happen to have same quality as Izi. I got married before I entered school (at a very tender age). While in school, I had my two kids in 100 and 200 levels, yet I struggled on because I knew what I wanted in life, I love to be distingished and looked upon at. I graduated while heavily pregnant with my third baby, yet I made it.
    Right now, I am 25 yrs old and in the service year. I want to encourage youngsters out there to be focused, determined and distingushed. It wasn’t easy breeding children while in the University and still make a good result, but it was the determination to distinguish myself that propelled me to greater heights. I graduated from the first indigenious University in Nigeria with a CGPA of 4:27, I was targeting first class but fell for a 2.1. If I can make it, YOU TOO CAN… Goodluck and God bless you all.

  89. christy

    February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Which fake izerin is dat, dat s answerin pple comment?

  90. Ivie

    February 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Proud of you Izzi!!!

  91. Deejay Moe.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You guys can also grab todays copy of “The Nation”, 23rd Feb 2012 for more about Iziren as well. Thanks for your comments…. Follow Iziren on twitter @ezien… M.O.E. (Music Over Everything)

  92. Effizy

    February 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    seriously i’m really impressed may the Almighty God crown your effort with success.IJN.Amen

  93. Bizzle

    February 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Izi dear, please ignore the bad belle side comments jare. Am very proud to be your friend.

  94. Unique Ngo

    February 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Well done Izi!D lord has crowned ur efforts with success.Am so happy 4u Dear.

  95. Seun a.k.a sejoga

    February 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Bravo my bro.i wish everlasting joy,and prosperity

  96. Seun a.k.a sejoga

    February 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Bravo my bro.i wish u everlasting joy,and prosperity

  97. tatafo!

    February 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats Izi, what you have done is remarkable in the face of all obstacles you have faced. I pray you find your way into a field where your potential will be best maximized.

  98. abby

    February 25, 2012 at 2:19 am

    you have got to be – kidding me…….why bank????????

  99. xavier

    February 25, 2012 at 4:19 am

    how many units was the lab course that u had a B in and the course title, did u have all As in engineering drawing?
    , cos 4.98 is funny, we had a 4.99 situation at covenant university and i wonder with abject amazement, how it was calculated or are they inflated figures

  100. lala

    February 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

    why is everyone shouting Harvard..ppl just like to talk..dude is an Engineering Major..Best place for him is definitely MIT!…Congrats dude..

  101. posh 953

    February 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    no covenant student shld comment on dis page again!!!

  102. Chysom

    February 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    If he got d brains for 4.98 CGPA, I’m sure he got d brains to know wats best for him. So, if it’s GTB he says for now, I’m sure he has his reasons.. Way to go man! Wish u d best…

  103. Olusegun

    February 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Whao this is great. I wish him success in his endeavors.

  104. chichi

    February 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    GTB??????????????????????????No bro,No.

  105. jennietobbie

    February 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Wow. Congrats young man. Never stop dreaming….

  106. Brushes

    February 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Congratulations man. I love your spirit. That’s the spirit of leadership.. I’m sure the lecturer gave u a B to avoid d perfect 5.0

  107. sweetgal

    February 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    ewoooooo bank ke?biko biko run wit ur head out of dat training school
    anyway congrats

  108. wedge

    February 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I am amazed at his achievement irrespective of his age. However, I think his choice of career may be faulted. I am also a Nigerian at 26, i made a 1st class, did my masters in Nigeria and am currently ad d verge of graduating on my PhD in one of d most prestigious universities in d world.

  109. annie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    izi u did great irrespective of wat anyone tinks.if u tink its easy to go back to school again afta ur HND and still make dat kind of grade,den go ahead n try.26 or 62,he is a genius!Esp wt d kind of person he is,u wd neva see him n know he reads.the sky is ur starting point izi.pls try not to spend too much [email protected],u just got out of school,am sure very soon,good engineering firms wd hear about you n come after u,then u can do wat ever it is u want.GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!11

  110. Danieldon

    March 24, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Izi, is not easy ok. I also had ‘similar results’ from UNN in 2010. Currently, there r plans on ground for foreign scholarship into Uk for further studies precisely KINGS COLLEGE: Banking is a great sector but undeniably not in Nigeria. I can help if U need back-ups on such opportunities for further free studies consequent of your eye-catching academic performances. My no is 08063579644. Tnks

  111. Bishop Osakue

    March 29, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Lord Iziren, I salute ur academic breakthrough. Indeed, the offspring of a lioness does not eat grass. GREAT FEGOCOL IBILLO. You remember my story in 2008? Now, welcome to record setting domain where names of real men are written in tablets of stones never to be wiped out till the end of time. For as long as man lives, let your achievement be remembered to the ends of the earth. Congrats!!! Welcome!!! Long live Old Boys…

  112. Tega

    April 1, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I mst applaude u. Kudos Man! Do turn a deaf ear 2 all d wet blankets r sayin. U ova try sef. I bliv gtb is nt ð best place 2 stat 4 u. U wia patient enof 2 spend 8yrs in uni afta 3yrs @hme,y nt wait a lil yl 2gt a great job in ur field. It won’t 2 do so n u r open 2mor opportunities. Trust me,wn ur apply 4 a few jobs in oil coys as mst of dem r presentli recruitin,u’ð gt it asap. Jst get outta gtb asap. Dey go use die 4 peanuts wn u cn mor dn wt dey offerin in oil & gas/eng coys. Av a rethink.

    Honestli ayam impressd.
    Mor grease 2 ur elbow

    Kip ð fire burning

  113. ms_sparklez

    April 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I mst applaude u. Kudos Man! Do turn a deaf ear 2 all d wet blankets r sayin. U ova try sef in a sch lik unilag n an eng dept. I tink gtb is nt ð best place 2 stat 4 u. U wia patient enof 2 spend 8yrs in uni afta 3yrs @hme,y nt wait a lil yl 2gt a great job in ur field. It won’t 2 do so n u r open 2mor opportunities. Trust me,wn ur apply 4 a few jobs in oil coys as mst of dem r presentli recruitin,u’ð gt it asap. Jst get outta gtb asap. Dey go use die 4 peanuts wn u cn mor dn wt dey offerin in oil & gas/eng coys. Av a rethink.

    Honestli ayam impressd.
    Mor grease 2 ur elbow

    Kip ð fire burning

  114. Ganiyu Bashir Olalekan

    April 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Bros you badt gan ooo. Infact I am very speechless. I really adore your CGPA. I had really learnt a lot from the interview I just read about. You are my role model, and I wish to follow your footsteps. All the best boss!

  115. aproko

    October 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    d guy, na don but nigeria na d only country i knw wer d onlyy gudjob for 1st class grad na lecturing, i knw some engineering grad dat made 1st class bt culd nt get a job for 2 to 3yrs before dey decided to pick up lecturin job……. mr iz hold on 2 GTB job n dnt be fooled by peoples comment, if d tin easy like dat make dem find u work for oil company, n guys rememba readin n passin xams is diff frm havin a very high IQ mr iz fit go fuck up for al dis so called OIL COMPANY aptitude test


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  117. Omokayode

    March 2, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Well done bro…..really think you av done well. i strongly opine you should approach your state govt for overseas postgraduate sponsorship so you can get some much needed international exposure.
    Please ignore yve and madun and their baseless yarns cos am sure their respective intellects dont add up to the cube root of yours…..kudos bro

  118. hunter

    May 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    tell men what a computer science student can do to have a job in oil campany

  119. itoro onyeka

    April 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This guy is good…hope to work with him someday..I did electrical in uniben, and finished with first class also, cgpa of 4.680…I think the difference bw himself and any other was the positive mindset he had…dats great..congrats my friend..mayb if u were in delta state, they would have given u 10 million instead of the normal 5 million. The state gives to their first class student.

  120. Emma

    August 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Congrats man!! I doubt ur age. U’r more than 26yrs.

  121. michael

    September 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Really a genius. Av been giving admission to study computer engineering in yabatech. After trying unilag. I tink after my OND i will do my direct entry too into unilag. A set a record lyk dat or even a perfect 5. God helping me. Ps: am jst 15.

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