16-Year Old Who Broke College Records With 343 JAMB Score Gets Cash Prize
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. He was however refused admission on age ground.
Only 16-year-olds and above can be admitted into
universities in Nigerian.
Ibrahim 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. He also became
the first ever student to score that high in the 24-year
history of his tutorial centre, Adams College, Oshodi, where
he took classes for the examination.
In recognition of the feat, Ibrahim was honoured alongside
80 others including another 16-year-old, Edgar Onyemuche,
who scored 341 and 19-year-old Adekanbi Iyanuoluwa, who
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
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.
A 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.
As a mother, she said all she does is encourage him,
“especially when I found out that with encouragement and
motivation, he does very marvelous things.”
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 pleasantly surprised.
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 and Surgery.
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
Edgar, 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 strength.
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 work.
“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
“Also, if in a school students know that you don’t embrace
malpractices, they know they have to read to pass.”
“We 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.
“We 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.
Speaking 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
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