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21 Year-Old Nigerian Student, Nana Skari graduates from University of Kent as the Most Outstanding Graduating Student in Engineering

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It’s always wonderful to hear news of Nigerians doing great things at home and in the diaspora. That is why at BellaNaija.com, we are very proud of Nana Skari. A 21 year-old Nigerian recently graduated from the University of Kent, UK with a First Class degree and an outstanding award in Engineering.

At her graduation, Nana recieved an award as the most outstanding graduating student on an IET accredited course in the University. IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) is a body that accredits all Engineering, Computing, Multimedia, and IT undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.

Her field of study was Computer Systems Engineering (BEng).

In an exclusive chat with BN after her graduation, Nana who was born in Borno state recalled growing up in Nigeria and attending Primary and Secondary schools in Kaduna.

I attended Tender Care in Kaduna where I did my Kindergarten, Nursery and Primary. Then I went to Danbo Int’l College in Kaduna as well for secondary education. After that I attended David Game College London for my A-levels; then University of Kent where I just graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

She intially wanted to study paediatric neurosurgery “but the years were just too much“. So she decided to study something she enjoys doing. “I love maths. It’s the best thing in the world. So I chose to study engineering.

Speaking on her social life and relationship with her course mates at the University, Nana said many people underestimated her abilities because of her playful side. “I’m not your typical geek. I’m often late for lectures, I sit at the back of the class, and I never answer questions asked in class voluntarily unless it’s directed at me. Many people underestimate my abilities because of my playful side. But God has blessed me to be a focused, optimistic, autonomous, and enthusiastic person. I’m the most serious person when it’s time to work and I play hard when it’s time to play. If I want something, I work hard to get it. Settling for less is not even an option.

Looking ahead, she is preparing to start an MSc in International Oil and Gas Management. “I don’t want to limit myself to the engineering field. I want to broaden my horizon,” she says about her preferred course.

Her dream is to make a fortune, build an empire, and impact as many people’s lives as possible, in any positive way she can.

Although Nana has been in the UK for five years now, she says she speaks Hausa fluently and comes back to Abuja every now and then. She would love to return back upon completion of her Masters.

I believe Nigeria is a blessed nation. We are going through a lot at the moment but I believe in redemption. I do hope our parents and grandparents can rest, and give we the future leaders a chance to restore hope to our nation. Yes I’ll move back home at the completion of my masters. Get married, gain some work experience, learn how to apply my knowledge to the real world, and continue my journey to being the Oprah Winfrey of my generation.

Her first class degree and most outstanding student award means a whole lot to her, she says, and makes her more motivated to further her studies. “And guys find it attractive so it’s cool.” she adds with a smile.

Well done Nana!

 

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 www.deolascope.blogspot.com

74 Comments

  1. Ginika

    August 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Inspiring- Beautiful and Intelligent

  2. Chattyzee

    August 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful with brains. and with an interesting fashion sense also. Well done!
    http://dprodigalchild.wordpress.com/

  3. purplepearl

    August 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Beauty with Brains, Congrats girl, but for me, Math is the worst thing on earth

  4. fatima R

    August 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Congratulations Tambo!!!!!!

  5. Gold

    August 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I concur…Beauty with brains. More grease to ur elbows

  6. belinda

    August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wow! She’s so pretty and she doesn’t even look like she’s 21years old… Great accomplishment!

    http://zoharous.blogspot.com
    http://thewritingsofaghanaiangirl.blogspot.com

  7. Eugenia

    August 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    beautiful.intelligent lady. am proud of u dearie. all d best.

  8. Stephanie

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  9. Lady G

    August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats.

  10. GB

    August 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    BN I hope u did your research well? That being said, Congrats Nana

  11. kelechi

    August 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Naija’s rep anytime nd anywhere. Girl tanx 4 making us proud. Congrat

  12. teema

    August 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! Congrats girl! Very Well done! Haters club ohhh I’m sure bellanaija asks for proof before publishing such stories.

  13. Abs

    August 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    ‘I’m often late for lectures, I sit at the back of the class, and I never answer questions asked in class voluntarily unless it’s directed at me’. That was so me at school. :). Way to go Nana. Congrats!

    http://www.abadawoode.com

  14. LPS

    August 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Well done babes! This is worth celebrating abeg send your post code let’s pop something.
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  15. Laide O

    August 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Well done girl!!

    I’m loving all these wonderful posts about our lovely sisters in the diaspora doing amazing things in the world of academia (last week was the fabulous Dr Raimi Abraham 🙂 )

    Keep up the good work, Bella!

  16. doll

    August 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    oh cool, i went to tender care too at barnawa….congrats to her and more glories ahead

  17. ojeka

    August 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    babe, u too much.pls come make i marry you

  18. elias

    August 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Well done girl for giving our country a good image and keep up with the good work …..all d best with your masters.

  19. Chinel

    August 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    congrats!!! Good to hear such news………….cool!

  20. Pat zika

    August 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    We r in it again nice one babes!!! u sure will get to whr u intend to be in life with God by ur side… keep up the good wk u hv started and continue mkn us proud.

  21. Neni

    August 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Congrats Chic! Thanks for making Nigeria proud…Do keep up the good work!

  22. Cool cat

    August 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    1 am her no1 hater (defined as someone who wishes to be you, obsesses over you). Lol. I particularly liked the fact that boys find it cool. There’s no amount of yellow skin or eautiful face that matches up to brains.

  23. bbb

    August 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    aww awesome ….

  24. Anonymous

    August 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Congratulations, Nana. So beautiful and intelligent.
    I’m just going to put it out there, Nigerians are some of the most hardworking group of people. They set the standards so high, and they keep shinning. Nigerian women are strong, independent, beautiful, nice, confident with great sense of humor and humble. Nigeria has so much potentials, if only the government will realize it. God bless Nigeria.

    • Me

      August 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I agree.

  25. Nkelly

    August 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Congrats girl, naija representing

  26. Temiyemi

    August 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    “and guys find it attractive so it’s cool” awww, cute.

  27. Onoja

    August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    NANA!!! My Tambo, private party specially 4 u in Abj. Mun Gode wah Allah. Onoja Del…

  28. Princess of Zion

    August 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Congratulations dear! Beauty and brains! Glad to see young intelligent women going far! The Lord is your strength!

    http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com

  29. Bili

    August 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    This made me smile!!!! Gwannnn with your hot self! Well done! Your parents and entire village must be proud 🙂 thumbs up

  30. sleezyb01

    August 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    great,congrat gurl!! wen u say guyz finds it’s cool,it’s just hw am seeing u..lol

  31. Alfred Daddy

    August 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    You have done us proud, its the target of the family.

  32. coco

    August 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hahaha daddy commented! Congrats Pebbs…..u rock!

  33. brandigest

    August 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The same UK we failed to pick up an Olympics medal, Dearie, you made us proud. God bless your strides. This news is timely in regards to so much bad news we get all day about naija.

    http://brandigest.wordpress.com

  34. BrownSugah

    August 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Not your regular, bookwormish geek! I have to say kudos to u girl you rock!
    I’m proud of you as if I have known you before. Didn’t they say “Success has many friends?” #smiles. Wish you plenty more of life’s successes!
    http://nitabrownsugah.wordpress.com

  35. deo skari(PHD)

    August 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Not better than me

    • True

      August 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Who are you? Please learn to celebrate with others and acknowledge their accomplishments

  36. Nikki

    August 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Wow girlpower!!! Congratulations to you Nana, beauty with brains..God bless you…thanks for making us proud!

  37. Soraya

    August 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Abeg O, Nana, please stay back in London and achieve your dreams cos Nigerians back home will crush you in no time!

  38. Gimmer

    August 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    she is gorgeous…pls stay away from those broke ass dudes…them full UK and US die

  39. NNENNE

    August 16, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Well done!

  40. Deep

    August 16, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I am writing her name down n will be head hunting her for an oil n gas job. Bella naija pls do you know what uni she will be doing her masters?

  41. Amber

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Nigerians will always do well when taken out that rugged environment.this is to tell the government that there is a lot of work to be done.u don’t have to frustrate students

    • Kikkik

      August 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Please thank you for this

  42. fre

    August 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Inspired!

  43. slimtemmy

    August 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    go girl, thanks for making us proud, i totally agreed with you, let the new generation take over beginning from the low levels, like counsellor, LG chairman, etc

  44. dayyo

    August 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Why do Nigerians keep excelling in education, but fail woefully in so many other areas, like sport (referring to the just concluded olympics) Congrats girl. u try.

  45. Blackknight

    August 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Nice one lady. You have made yourself very valuable and set the standard for the other Nigerian ladies. This is how we want to see our future wives – Trust me, there is no man out there who never count himself lucky to have you…..Ladies,take a cue …Education is the key.It stands you out and society respects you.

  46. Xtsy

    August 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Return back ….. Tautology

  47. Anonymous

    August 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    In Nations that have vision,Nana would have been picked by government or foundations,oil companies etc for further professional development.I wont be suprised if the parents are not still going to carry on. Where are the Minister’s of Education and Petroluem? Nana, God bless you.

  48. ngozi

    August 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    so.. proud of you nana, dis made me smile.. N u’ve done TCNPS proud and evry1 in 9ja.. Congratss.. U’re gonna do much more. God bless u…

  49. Tosin

    August 17, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Awww, so coool.

  50. denicute

    August 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    wow!!! Gurl u 2 much, beauty with brains d lord is ur strenght nd i pray u will achieve wot u long for. Nd u said maths is d best tin 4 u unlike me its d worst but am coming up small small sha. Thankz 4 making us proud.

  51. Toyin

    August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    @ Dayyo

    Nigerians excel in education because there’s a lot of more emphasis on it starting from young, the importance of getting all A’s and becoming a doctor, engineer or lawyer. Sports is not talked about at all. If Nigerians can put the same emphasis, dedication, encouragement in other areas, we will excel too. I know, how my parent reacted when my bro joined a basketball team in high school, they were not impressed at all. They did everything to talk him out of it. So, it’s all about balance and understand that not everybody can be doctor or engineer, our talent needs to be used in other areas. Some will be talented athletes, some musicians and some gold medal winners.

  52. OGUNSEYE

    August 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    just like yesterday when u were our student in DANBO….. CONGRATS AND KEEP THE FLAG FLAYING.WE ARE PROUD OF U.

  53. Ezzu, S. M.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Congrat my sister Nana, your achievement was a function of a society with not only a good system but a working one where genuine efforts are matched with genuine assessment.

  54. Mrs Akinbinuade Victoria

    August 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    We , The Danbo Community , are proud of you. Keep the flag flying. Congrats

  55. omada

    August 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

    ..the best part for me is how beautiful and stylish she is… go girl…

  56. D Fairy GodSister

    August 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Well done babe!!! Wow! Beautiful, playful, and brainy! Triple threat!
    http://www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com

  57. yvonne

    August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations Nana! Very inspiring.

  58. Freesmszone.com

    August 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

    And she looks stunning
    http://www.freesmszone.com/

  59. candy lips

    August 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    congratts Nana wish i was like you when i was your age

  60. chi princess

    August 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    WOW GIRL AM PROUD OF U.SOMTIMS THERE ARE REAL BRAINS IN NIGERIA.NOT LIKE THE ONE THAT JST PLAIT NONSENSE HAIRSTYLE 4 ME..PLZ KEEP IT UP..

  61. chi-chi

    August 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    you go girl!!! i’m still sticking with my medical career thoe.. forget about the years jo it’s all worth it in the end! 😉

  62. Cynthia

    August 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    @chi chi, stay put at ur medical career ok, it’s worth it,speaking from experience,go gal. A big congrats to you nana, so inspired.brains with class,absolutely a turn on.

  63. Sola Joseph

    August 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Nana, on behalf of my family and my humble self, we say a big congratulation to you and particularly your dad, who has been an old friend of mine for about two decades. Your feat has made us proud as Nigerians and that means with your likes the future of this generation is bright.

    Congrats!!!

  64. Sola Joseph

    August 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My dear friend, Alfred Gadzama,

    Congratulation to your girl and to your entire family.

    With love from,

    Sola Joseph & Family

  65. Cutey55

    August 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Congrats Nana…..I Thank God for ur life nd for making us Nigerians proud of you.

  66. muhammed sani garba

    August 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

    great thing start small, nigerians are very proud of you.,

  67. Akpan

    November 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations to Nana & Gadzama

  68. Fanon Dore

    December 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    wow!!!
    haven’t seen you in like ages and here you are, a celebrity.
    so happy for you. i’ll really like to get to talk to you.

  69. NAHEEM

    March 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I’m so happy me also i want to be happy like this sister , i am in university 18 yera

  70. Austin Nwaele

    June 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Oh! great mother land(Nigeria) u have cried so much for redemption, but wait your great sons and daughters are coming home. Nana is one of them.

  71. Japheth moussa

    December 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Itz a kaduna gal oo… Cnt wait 2 c ya!

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