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Replication of Excellence: From One ‘First Class’ to Another

Onoriode Aziza

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer


Some are born geniuses while others emerge as geniuses with a disciplined focus but no genius can utilize their full potentials without dedication, perseverance, and determination. Being a genius alone without doing anything to enhance one’s worth is futility and foolishness on display.  Success doesn’t come to those who sit with the knowledge of what genius they are, but it comes to those with the proofs of pace-setting achievements borne out of persistence.

23-year-old Onoriode Aziza is making waves as a Nigerian genius scoring a hat-trick of first class results on different scales as he bagged three different first class degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigerian Law School and Cambridge University.

Aziza, an alumnus of Kings College, Lagos, started his first class journey when he got admission into Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Nigeria, at age 15 where he studied Law. On completion of his degree, he emerged as the only first class graduate of the Faculty of Law in the last four years.

With a thirst to replicate more academic excellence, Aziza proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and, being in the midst of the best and brightest students from around Nigeria, he decided to challenge himself to be the best at the national level. After sitting for the bar exams, he made his second first class and finished as the second-best in Nigeria.

But he still didn’t stop there. His quest for a larger platform to prove what a genius he can be led him to Cambridge University for his Masters in Corporate Law (MCL). His path to Cambridge University was, however, not so smooth as he had to beat the admission process of a maximum of 25 students from around the world and deal with funding for his tuition. While soliciting for funds, his numerous letters written to people in government yielded him nothing but he triumphed again. On getting to Cambridge, he was confronted with dealing with newer and more challenging competition but to Aziza, competition was both a scary and refreshing business so he gave it all his best even amidst the crashing naira rate.  With an unquenchable desire to ensure that the world knew that the best students from Nigeria could compete and excel against the best in the world, Aziza bagged his third first class on the world platform.

Aziza has proved with his success that dreams are neither too big nor goals too high to achieve. As long as our minds are big enough to conceive them, then the sky is not even the limit. This feat executed by this young man implores us to set goals, raise the bar and pursue our dreams irrespective of our circumstances.

Khemmie Ray
A passionate writer whose world revolves around arts and aesthetics.

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