Meet Babcock university best graduating students – 2018
With a GPA of 4 .97 , Michael Agbojo recently emerged the Overall Best Graduating Student of Babcock University , Ilishan – Remo , Ogun State . He shares his experience in this interview with CHUX OHAI. Excerpts :
How does it feel to be the overall best graduating student of your university ?
It is a humbling experience. I really can ’t believe what God has done in my life .
It is impressive to graduate with a Grade Point Average of 4 .97. How were you able to achieve this feat ?
The truth is that it was not easy for me to get this far . Like most other Nigerian youths , I had some challenges while in school . But God came to my rescue and helped me to overcome them .
What were the challenges you faced in school ?
There was a time when it looked as if I would have to drop out of the university because I couldn ’t pay my school fees . It was really a tough time for me and it affected my result for that semester .
What level were you at the time ?
It was during the second semester . I was in 300 level.
How come you couldn ’ t pay your fees ? Were you sponsoring your education yourself ?
It is a long story . First , let me thank God for seeing me through the crucible of my academic life . More or less, I was sponsoring my education myself . My parents were incapacitated financially because of some business partnership that went wrong in 2010. At a point, I was on sponsorship, but it was later withdrawn .
Who was your sponsor then and why did he withdraw ?
It was a goodwill sponsorship from a small group , but they couldn ’t continue anymore . And at that crucial time , God stepped in.
How were you able to pay your fees during that period ?
Some children of God started showing their solidarity and started contributing towards my fees . I owe them a world of gratitude . Some of these benevolent people are Prof . Oduyoye , Pastor Adesina Femi , Pastor M .O . Akpa and Pastor T .U Dickson . Also , the Leo Class 2018 was quite helpful through the ‘Help a Leo Roar ’ initiative . The list goes on , but I just want to mention only f a few. They are all indelible in the chapters of the story of my life .
How was growing up?
Growing up was very good. My parents did their best in raising me and I am proud of them . Mum is a disciplinarian, but she balances that quality very well with openness . My siblings and I could talk to her about anything and everything under the sun . She instilled the fear of God in us , which is the foundation upon which every other training were built
Dad is the type that has a little of the western life world view . So he gave us the kind of exposure that was necessary for a child growing up in this generation . I was exposed to computer , email , and all that quite early . They were all helpful .
You could have studied any other course in the university . Why did you settle for Christian Religious Knowledge ?
I was first a Computer / Electronic student in Lead City University . I had to drop out of school in 200 level because of my parents ’ business partnership that went wrong. So they could not afford to pay my tuition fees anymore .
But then I decided to continue with my life and not give in to that setback
So I went into rap music . I wanted to use my music to make a difference . I wanted it to be my own voice, but the promoters I met wanted to change my point of view . Because of my background and training though, I could not easily give in to what they requested of me . I already had two tracks that I had recorded and wanted to start pushing . But because of that condition , they did not support those tracks.
What they requested from me was vulgar and radical lyrical music … It was a tough decision to make. At a point, I decided to give in to their demand and accept the proposal . I left Ibadan for my home in Ijebu Ode , only for me to get home to meet a Bible study series and evangelism going on in my dad’s church . The church is located in our compound. I went into my room, dropped my bag and entered the church .
I could have just closed up my mind and just let the preachers make their usual noise. But something caught my attention and, for the first time , I saw a bible study session accompanied with illustrations . The preacher was illustrating all he was saying with beautiful pictures , logical arguments and most importantly , biblical facts.
I only intended to stay for three days before going back to Ibadan to embark on that journey of no return ( at least that ’s what I had in mind ) . But my dad made me to stay for the whole 14 -day programme .
That was how my life changed . I gave my life to Christ, got baptised after the programme and decided to leave that aspect of my life and have a relationship with Christ . This time , it had to be a more substantial relationship because , for the first time in my life , Christianity actually made sense and was rational to me .
This happened between 2009 and 2011 .
An opening came up for a missionary assignment to my hometown . I joined the group of Bible teachers and pastors that went to pioneer the Seventh Day Adventist Church through house to house Bible study at Iwopin , Ijebu- Waterside , Ogun State in 2012. I spent a year and 11 months there . A lot of things happened in that period. There I got the deep impression that God had a plan for my life and that He wanted me to get involved in full time ministry .
That necessitated some preparation and equipping , hence , the need to come to Babcock University to study Christian Religious Studies. A lot of my friends thought I was crazy for choosing the course . One of them even said to me in Pidgin English, “Guy , bomb dey your head ? You a first class student studying theology ? You must be crazy .”
Meet Babcock university best graduating students – 2018