The first time Ibrahim Ajibade wrote the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board, JAMB, examination in 2017, he was 15 and scored a
whopping 299. He went on to write the University of Lagos, Post Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and got one of the highest
scores that year.
wasn’t however deterred. He studied harder, added a year and sat again
for the examination this year. As if reinvigoured, he surpassed last
year’s scores by miles, returning with an amazing score of 343.
history of his tutorial centre, Adams College, Oshodi, where he took
classes for the examination.
In recognition of the feat, The
Nation reports that Ibrahim was honoured alongside 80 others including
another 16-year-old, Edgar Onyemuche, who scored 341 and 19-year-old
Adekanbi Iyanuoluwa, who scored 342.
Ibrahim who attended
Vanguards Academy, Ijebu Ode wants to study Electrical and Electronic
Engineering at the University of Lagos because of his passion and love
for electronics. With the help of God and his father, who is an
Electrical and Electronics Engineer, he hopes to start a smartphone
manufacturing company in Nigeria sometime soon.
Asked to share
the secrets of his success, Ibrahim said he reads but not much. He
however said, “What I read, I don’t forget.” He also said this year’s
exam was “very easy,” adding that he knew he would do well right from
the moment he cliqued submit in his centre, although he wasn’t sure of
what he would score.
More surprising is Ibrahim’s declaration
that, “I was not the best in my class at Vanguards Academy. We were 34
and I wasn’t among the first 20. I was only good in Mathematics and
average in other subjects. But when I came to Adams College, Mr Adams by
himself transformed my Physics and Chemistry, which helped me a lot.”
For his brilliance, Ibrahim got a reward of N100, 000 from a parent, Mr Adekunle Fatai.
visibly proud father, Engineer Abdulafeez Ajibade described his son as a
fighter, who, if given little guidance will always do well. He however
said he never in anyway tele-guided him to follow in his footsteps but
said he supported and will keep supporting him in his endeavour.
His mother, Sherifat Yusuf Ajibade on her part says Ibrahim plays a lot but has always been very intelligent.
a mother, she said all she does is encourage him, “especially when I
found out that with encouragement and motivation, he does very marvelous
19-year-old Adekanbi Iyanuoluwa, who scored 342 from
the same centre intends to study Medicine and Surgery at the University
of Lagos. She actually thought she would score less and was therefore
Iyanuoluwa who has written JAMB 3 times and
scored 247, 202 and 274 respectively said she kept rewriting the exam
because she needed a higher score to study her choice course, Medicine
On her study routine, she said she usually study
after a nap until she feels tired and sleepy. She also hinted that
Adams College brought out the potentials in her.
On his part, Edgar Onyemuche, 16, who scored 341 said he also first wrote JAMB at 15 and scored 278.
He said he chose study Mechanical Engineering in Unilag because he feels it is one of the best universities in the country.
who also said he wasn’t particularly the best in his secondary school
said, “When I saw my score, it was unbelievable because I wasn’t
expecting it. It was like a dream. JAMB released other results before
mine so when it came, I couldn’t believe it.”
His pattern of
study, he said, is “30 minutes, take a break, and then go back again,”
adding that he believes more in knowing and taking advantage of one’s
Founder of Adams College, Adams Adebola expressed
visible joy during the awards ceremony, saying he feels happy seeing
young boys and girls who have distinguished themselves and embraced hard
“At Adams College, we always embrace hard work; for
example, before they wrote their JAMB examination, we did six monthly
examinations which we call MOCK. This is done to be able to know their
challenges and we encourage them by giving gifts to the best five
students in all the faculties.
“Also, if in a school students know that you don’t embrace malpractices, they know they have to read to pass.”
also let them know that if they continue with the culture of hard work,
there are scholarship opportunities opened to them which is why many of
our students are on scholarship in top universities in Nigeria.
lay a good foundation for them and we teach them how to read which they
can apply when they are in the university. If you are used to our
reading lifestyle, it will work for you anywhere,” he said.
on Ibrahim’s performance, Mr Adams said he didn’t expect anyone in the
college to score as high. He however said Ibrahim always surprised him
during the MOCK examinations.
“He scored 98 out of 100 in Physics which has never happened in the
college. We have also never recorded 343 in our college. Our students
used to score 300 and above but never 343,” he said with visible pride