By Saheed Alawode
Nigeria is known to be a super power when it comes to academic exploit. The nation is gifted with quite a number of renowned scholars and professionals in virtually all aspects of life. Due to their immense knowledge and dedication to work, Nigerian professionals are often respected all over the world, especially in the academia.
Although, the country might not possess the best in terms of facilities and conditions that will make learning easy and seamless, but Nigeria is filled with intellectuals who can effectively compete with others anywhere in the world; without any form of intimidation and oppression. This is the reality which has been demonstrated lately by an iconic Nigerian, Gazali Taminu.
Gazali Taminu is a 27-years-old native of Zaria, Kaduna State. He studied Chemical Engineering and graduated with a first class honors at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2012. Thereafter, he proceeded for his master’s programme at the King Fahad University in Saudi Arabia.
Being an embodiment of erudition, Gazali showcased his towering intellectual capacity while on graduate studies. He continued with his impressive feat at the King Fahad University, where he eventually emerged as the overall best student in Petroleum and Minerals. He equally went on to finish as the best graduating doctoral student in the same realm at the University, for the 2018/2019 academic session.
The success story of Gazali became a unifying factor regardless of political divides, as stakeholders from all the major political divides congratulated the engineering scholar. Comments trickled on many social media platforms; eulogizing him. One prominent personality who congratulated him on his sterling feat was the Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri Erewa; who extolled him on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The feat attained by Gazali further accentuates the intellectual ingenuity of Nigerians which could be brought to fore always in any institution with requisite facilities for learning. It equally serves as a pointer to the youths that academic excellence may not be the ultimate to success in life; yet, there are premiums for those who take the bull by the horn in the pursuit of excellence. More so, like Rancho often said in ‘3 Idiots’, chase excellence and success will run after you.