Touching: The sad story of Nigerian orphan who emerged Sudan’s best medical student

A Nigerian orphan named Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir has emerged the best graduating medical student at the International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan in yet another accolade to the country.

Orphaned since the age of six, Abdulkadir said her outstanding achievement looks like a miracle to even to her.

Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir

Sudan’s best medical student, Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir

The Cable quotes her as telling the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview from Sudan that not just her academic achievements but also her life in general is a massive miracle since her father died when she was around three years old and her mother when she was six years old.

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“My academic achievements so far, till today, seem like a miracle to me. Not only that, my life as a whole is a pack of miracles,” she said.

With no hope of going further in her education after her mother’s death, Abdulkadir was saved by helper called Alhaja Sekinat Adekola.

“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 I had a high score of 274 in my UTME examination.

“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.

Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir

Islamiyat Oluwatoyin Abdulkadir posing with her award plaque.

“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.

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“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 groundbreaking record in the history of the faculty by scoring above 3.24, the last highest grade.”

“One certain thing I know about myself, which cannot be disputed, is that I am a living miracle of Allah,” she continued.

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“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.”

You can view Here is proof that Nigerian students are the best (photos)  to know more about talented students on this side of West Africa.


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