A Nigerian man, Otoko Steven Edwards has bagged a first class degree with a 5.0 CGPA from Rivers State University (RSUST), Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The young graduate of Pure and Applied Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics is the very first student to achieve such feat since the establishment of the department in 1980.
In an interview with Legit, Edwards revealed that he gained admission to study Mechanical Engineering but switched to Mathematics after discovering that he was more of a Math person.
He said: “I was initially admitted to study Mechanical Engineering and along the line, I just realised the whole engineering thing wasn’t for me. I tried to apply for transfer into the Math Department. I already had a very good math foundation and I found it very easy to deal with. The transfer didn’t really work out, so I opted in for JAMB, and I when I got admitted, I left the Mechanical Engineering.
Getting into the department of mathematics, I started off with a CGPA of 4.83. Prior to that, I have had people saying ‘don’t dream of having a first-class, even if you start well because you can’t have it. People don’t get that in the Math Department.’ I believed in myself and was hopeful and prayerful. I said to myself that I can’t let the 4.83 go to waste, so I put in so much effort. Though there are semesters I had less than 4.50. But I made 4.41 as well as 4.36. In the last semester of my final year I made the last two 5.0 GPA.”
On how he was able to perform exceedingly well and reach the topmost mark, Edwards noted that he prayed but that prayers were not enough since he put in so much work and studies.
He said; “In as much as having always wanted to finish with a first-class, everything boils down to prayer, being hopeful and believing. I remember when I studied 14hrs on a stretch during and before exams. So the hard work really paid off.”