A brilliant 22-year-old lady named Zainab Abdulahi has made history as the first female to achieve a first-class degree in Physics at Uthman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Nigeria where she graduated with an impressive grade point of 4.81/5.00.
Zainab Abdulahi bagged her bachelor of science degree in Physics with first-class honors of 4.81 over a possible 5.00 cumulative grade point. She made history as the first ever female to achieve a first class grade in the Physics since the university’s inception.
Zainab had always been an intelligent student right from when she started school. She was overall best at the University Primary School where she did her basic education and also in her final year at high school.
“It was just dedication and prayers. Since my UG1, I’ve worked hard towards graduating with First Class, I read to understand, not just to pass, so I do not like cramming. Anytime I had free period, I did not waste it. I read, if not in class, then in the library, or in group discussion,” she said.
She said her initial desire was to study Medicine, Though she had all credits in all the required examinations, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination served as a constraint for her.
“The highest in our school was 190 and I had 185 so I was not offered Medicine which I wanted to study,” she said. Zainab added that her mentor had advised her to settle for the course the university offered her but she resisted.
She decided to opt for science-related courses saying she had a specialty in them “My mentor advised me to go for the course I was offered, which was Adult Education, but I told him I did not like the course because I do not have interest in it,”; she said.
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“I told them I preferred they change it to Chemistry or any Science subject. I was then told there were three chances for me. Maths, Physics or Statistics. I chose physics because I was sure I could do it and I never had a problem with the subject in secondary school,” she added.
Zainab settled in for Physics as it was her best subject while in high school and remained excellent all through her time at the University. She said a lot of people discouraged her from doing the course but she remained resolute.
She expressed gratitude to her family for the support and her school which gave her the enabling environment to concentrate on her studies. Zainab said she plans to go into academia as a physics instructor with the hope of removing the fear of the course from students’ minds.
“I want to remove fear in students about Physics, and I also want to contribute my quota towards imparting knowledge of Physics, Physics is not difficult; from the lowest to the highest level, all you need is just to have interest. The insinuation that Physics is difficult is wrong. Physics needs constant research,” she said.