Emerges Best Medical Student in Sudanese Varsity
Dr Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir, who had been orphaned since age
six, has emerged the overall best graduating medical student at the
International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan.
Abdulkadir, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), in a
telephone interview from Sudan, said her academic achievements so
far, seemed like a miracle.
“My academic achievement so far till today, seems like a miracle to me.
Not only that, my life as a whole, is a pack of miracles,” she said.
Abdulkadir said that her late mother, having lost her husband when she
was barely three, enrolled her at the Ad-din International Group of
schools to start her primary education.
She said her mother later died when she was six years old.
She was then in primary school and was left in the care of her
grandmother, with no hope of furthering her education again.
“Thinking that was the end of schooling for me, my grandmother
withdrew me from the school but the founder, Alhaja Sekinat Adekola,
gave me scholarship for my primary and secondary education.
“I emerged best student in my primary and secondary schools and even
in my WASC and had a high score of 274 in my JAMB examinations.
“I have always had passion to be a medical doctor, but because I was
not sure of my chances. I filled Bio-Chemistry in my JAMB form and
came out with a high score of 274.
“This score was high enough to get me into the College of Medicine,
University of Ibadan and with the hope of changing to medicine later.
“I had to jettison this dream because of the financial commitment
involved in studying medicine.
“It was at this time that an admission team from International
University of Africa, Sudan came to recruit Nigerian students into
their school of Nursing.
“I presented myself for the written and oral interview and luck once
again smiled on me as I emerged the best student and a scholarship
was awarded me for my admission in their school of nursing.
“After the end of the first semester examination, I emerged the best
student, and the opportunity I had been waiting for presented itself.
“I approached the School’s Faculty of Medicine for a cross over from
Nursing Faculty to Medicine, and the request was granted.
“So through thick and thin of financial difficulties, culture shock,
hunger and loneliness, I braved it through and emerged the best
graduating student of the medical school on September 2, 2016.
“For me to clinch the overall best student, I had a CGPA of 3.37/4.00,
making a ground breaking record in the history of the faculty by
scoring above 3.24, the last highest grade,” she said.
Abdulkadir said her graduation speech was full of emotions and
gratitude to Almighty Allah, who brought her from nothing to
She added that her dead parents would be happy in their graves with
“One certain thing I know about myself which can not be disputed, is
that I am a living miracle of Allah.
“If you have searched for a proof of miracle but to no avail, look no
further as I am here to testify to the miracles of God.
“I want to seize this opportunity to thank my God-sent angels, Alhaja
Sekinat Adekola, founder, Proprietress of AD-din International Group
of Schools for the good background I got in the school.
“I also wish to thank my academic mentor, Dr Adefemi Afolabi, Senior
Lecturer and Consultant General Surgeon, Department of Surgery,
College of Medicine, UI and UCH, Ibadan, Nigeria,” she said.
Abdulkadir said one of her aims, was to give back to the society where
she came from; Oyo state, Nigeria as a whole and most especially, the
“I believe that the definition of success is incomplete without giving
back to the society,” she added.
Dr Adefemi Afolabi, a Consultant General Surgeon and also the
Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, (CMAC), University College
Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, said he met the young doctor on Face book.
“Mark Zuckerberg provided the medium Facebook, through which I
accepted to be her mentor at a critical stage in her education career.
“I am proud to describe her as as my princess, daughter, mentee; I
know she is meant for the top of her medical career.
“She told me she is highly motivated to give back to children who are
growing up in difficult circumstances through her social
entrepreneurial skills in the future.
“I enjoin all well meaning Nigerians and philanthropists to reach out
to many of the indigent students who are still struggling to accomplish
their dreams of a better future,” he said.
In a similar reaction, Alhaja Sekinat Adekola, the Founder of the Ad-
din group of schools and also the Iya Adinni of Yoruba land said all
glory should go back to Allah.
“I am happy to be part of her success story through the grace of
Allah. I charge other less fortunate children to always accept their lot
“They should be focused and determined in achieving their aims and
purpose in life; Islamiyah was very determined to make it in life and
she is making it.
“International women join the Nigerian women in congratulating
Islamiyah Abdulkadir in achieving this feat.
“Also your alma mater, all Addinians and Addinites, join me in
felicitating with you in this land mark of yours.
“My gratitude goes to Dr Afolabi, the CMAC of UCH, for his fatherly
role throughout her stay in the medical school.
“I hope she will be lucky to be absolved in the UCH as a doctor after
passing all required examinations necessary for her to practice as a
medical doctor in Nigeria,” she said.