Yusuf Ololade Faidat, a graduate of medicine from the University of Ilorin, won 19 prizes on her graduation day.


Yusuf was awarded the prizes during the 32nd convocation of the school which held on Saturday.

The academic star who’s in her early 20s received the cash prizes for being the ‘best graduating student’ in the department and faculty.

Yusuf also received 10 0f the 12 prizes and scholarships provided for the best graduating students.


When asked how she was able to achieve such a feat, she attributed her success to God and the perseverance to pull through medical school.

She explained that she read at least 4 hours a day and believed in herself regardless of her gender.

“As a woman you can become whatever you want to be once you are persistent, irrespective of number of men around you. I read for about four hours every day,” Faidat told Daily Trust.


Chinedu Mafiana, deputy executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), urged the institution to endeavour to retain her.

Faidat was the best student in the departments of behavioural sciences, pathology, community medicine, paediatrics and child health, medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology and surgery.

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