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Classmates accused me of sleeping with lecturers for making excellent grades in OAU med school –Adesina, graduate with 10 distinctions

I wasn’t expecting the gifts given to me. It came as a surprise. I received a phone call from His Excellency himself, Prince Dapo Abiodun, in which he congratulated me and informed me that I was going to be invited to my home state, Ogun, to be honoured.

I was speechless! I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was a roller coaster of emotions, one mixed with shock and excitement.

It must have been tears of joy. She was in awe. I’m sure she was thinking about all the trials I went through in the past years and how God made me come out victorious.

I ran into a shootout during an armed robbery and in that same week, I was involved in a ghastly motor accident.

It wasn’t in my plan to have my residency at OOUTH; I am, however, very grateful for the scholarship given to me. As to my plan, I think I’d rather stay quiet on that.

I don’t know yet.

I finished with nine awards and 10 distinctions, but 13 distinctions if you counted it per level: 200 Level,  I got distinction in Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology; 300 Level: distinction in Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology; 400 Level: distinction in Pharmacology; 500 Level: distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Paediatrics and Child Health, distinction in Dermatology, and distinction in Mental Health; 600 Level: distinction in Surgery and Community Health. I graduated in the 2018/2019 academic session.

No, it wasn’t. I actually struggled during my first year in school. However, when I started seeing my second-year results, I was encouraged, so I kept doing my best to excel with the help of God.

The distinction in Mental Health surprised me the most because I didn’t exactly like the course and so I wasn’t expecting much from it.

Hmmn, I wouldn’t say I let go of anything in particular. I just planned my time and lived a balanced life. I prioritised a lot and allocated my time accordingly.

I attended lectures and clinical sessions from about 8am to 4pm or 5pm. It, however, differed depending on the unit where I found myself. When I got back, I ate and rested till about 7pm after which I studied till 9pm. My bedtime was from 9pm to 2am; I then studied from 2am to 6am. I had my quiet time and prepared for school between 6am and 7:45am. However, during examination periods, I slept from 9pm to 12am to create more time to study. I allocated time per course and did not put too much on my plate than I could handle per day.

No, I do not. But it doesn’t mean I don’t socialise, I do it once in a while as my schedule permits.

I kept a small circle of friends and I carefully selected my friends, basically people of like mind.

Yes, there were times I felt like giving up. It wasn’t a smooth journey all the way; not everyone was happy that I was consistently leading my class. Some said a lot of nasty things about me and some even dragged my family. It was so bad that I didn’t know when I slipped into depression in my fourth year and found myself deliberately choosing the wrong answers in my tests and exams because I didn’t want to lead the class. It took the support of my family to get through those times.

It was in my first year. I struggled with my tests, getting average scores and I even failed one, but I didn’t give up; I studied really hard for the exams and finished with a CGPA of 4.84. It was a source of motivation for me to keep pushing myself beyond my comfort zone.

Yes, a lot of people did think that. It wasn’t as though I was even aiming too high; I had just got to a point where I couldn’t afford to just settle for less.

Hmmn, this question is deep. I got a lot of back-stabbing; people accused me of sleeping with lecturers to get questions. They didn’t even know that I was dealing with sexual harassment at that time, so it was a lot to take in. Some even went as far as saying that my uncle had the college in his pockets. Some couldn’t even stand a lady leading the class. There were so many other things people said, but in all, I learnt that the only way to shut people up was to be consistent in all that I do and that was what I did by the grace of God.

Yes, I did excellently in my primary and secondary schools. I had four As, four B2s and one B3 in my Senior School Certificate Examination. I was the Health Prefect of my secondary school and I won many prizes through secondary school.

Yes, it does run in my family. My family does not joke with education and so many feats are yet to come.

My dad is an archdeacon in Ibadan Anglican Communion. He is also a chartered accountant and a doctor in divinity. My mum works with the Federal Ministry of Education. My parents have been a great pillar of support; they are always there to cheer me on with their words of encouragement and consistent prayers. They were always there for me, every step of the way and they sacrificed a lot to see me through school. Seeing them so proud is my highlight in all these.

 Mentoring helped me to be accountable and responsible. I had mentors like Dr Mrs Ijarotimi and Dr Olasehinde.

My uncle, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, and his wife, Mrs Oluwayemisi, basically sent me to school; they took me as their own and supported me all the way with finances, words of encouragement and so many other things. My aunt was always interested in every bit of my education and well-being. She is my greatest cheerleader.

Well, yes. It’s expected. People have a right to their opinion. It doesn’t change the truth.

My plans are in the hands of God as He alone knows the future and would direct my path.

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