By Adeyemi Ayeku
The sky smiled straight at the face of the University scholar; with the rays from the sun radiating through her cheeks. Success is not easy to attain without paying its many prices – resilience, dedication, commitment, selflessness and many to mention. The 2017/2018 graduating set of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, saw A’eesha Abdullahi, as the best graduating student. She, alone, went home with nine awards at the convocation ceremony which held in December, 2018.
Growing up for A’eesha seemed to be with splendor in north-central Nigeria. She started her nursery and primary education at Plateau Private School, and then proceeded to Airforce Girls’ Comprehensive School, both in Jos; before gaining admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for her degree in Medicine and Surgery.
A’eesha whose intelligence dazzled the audience at the ceremony was nurtured under the tutelage of her family until she gained admission into ABU, Zaria. Being an introvert, she seldom interacted with her colleagues, many of whom she thought were hyper-intelligent than she. According to her, “University was my first time of being on my own (unsupervised) so I was quite scared at the beginning. Everyone in my class looked and sounded very intelligent and I thought that I wouldn’t be equal to the task, I doubted myself a lot. I was also an introvert, so I had challenges making friends in my class in the beginning, and so I hardly had any information about a lot of things.”
As days rolled into weeks, weeks into months, months into semesters, semesters into sessions, A’eesha began little by little to make progress towards the feat she achieved today. Her being the best, according to her, is as a result of God’s help and dedication. As mentioned earlier, she bagged nine awards altogether, which are: the best in Community Medicine; Haematology; Internal Medicine; Medical Microbiology; Obstetric & Gynaecology; Pharmacology; best female in Pharmacology; overall best in the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) prize for overall best student.
Meanwhile, the ABU scholar has stated that she intends to specialize on Paediatrics Cardiology. As a paediatrics cardiologist, she would be among medical practitioners who diagnose and treat children with cardiac (heart) conditions; working with patients antenatally (before birth), through childhood and into adulthood. With her specialization, hopefully, A’eesha would be helping to curtail cardiac problems in the north and Nigeria at large. Aside that, she hopes to be a good wife and mother.