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24-year-old Abdulbaki Yusuf sets record at Nigerian University, graduates as pioneer first-class Mechanical Engineering student

24-year-old Abdulbaki Yusuf made history as the first-ever student to graduate with a first-class in Mechanical Engineering at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) in Nigeria.

Yusuf was also awarded the best-graduating student of the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering after earning a 4.79 cumulative grade point average. 

Speaking on his achievement in an interview with Intel Region, Yusuf said he has always been an excellent student right from primary school adding that he finished secondary school on scholarship.

The record breaker stated that apart from being a brilliant student, his self-determination, commitment, dedication, and prayer also contributed to the accomplishment. “Well, my determination to make First Class honours started from the first day I was offered admission to study Mechanical Engineering,” Yusuf said.

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Thank God that I achieved it. I’m proud to tell you that I’m a pioneer class graduate with a CGPA of 4.79 and the best-graduating student in my Department, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS. I achieved this great stride through self-determination, commitment, dedication, and prayer,” he added.

Talking about his study routine which enabled him to achieve success, Yusuf said that during normal school days, after finishing his daily lectures, he would go back to school at night and spend 3 to 4 hours studying.

He added that during assessment periods, like tests or exams, he would increase his study time to 12 to 14 hours per day. Yusuf mentioned that achieving success was not easy as he faced some challenges in the course of his academic journey.


Yusuf stated that he encountered weather and atmospheric pressure, financial constraints, and academic challenges while at the university. “Firstly, the extreme weather conditions in Sokoto, known for its scorching heat, particularly during the harmattan and dry seasons, made it difficult to adapt initially,” he said.

”Secondly, financial constraints were a constant struggle, often leaving me with little to no food beyond biscuits and water,” Lastly, academic challenges, compounded by the lack of past questions for guidance, were persistent,” he added.

He stated that he was able to overcome the tough times because of the support of his family. Yusuf added that despite all these hurdles, he remained determined to excel academically.

Despite being an academic excellent student, Yusuf also participated in several extracurricular activities. He was the Sports Director of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students’ Association (NUESA), UDUS chapter, and a BoT member of the Ilorin Emirate Students Union UDUS.

Yusuf shared his plans, stating that his dream has always been to pursue a master’s degree abroad, specifically at Texas University in the United States. He also aspires to become a university lecturer in academia, while simultaneously working as an engineer in government agencies and private firms.

Yusuf stated that he envisions establishing his engineering firm, where he can mentor and recruit aspiring young engineers, contributing to the growth and development of the field.

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