Oladiran Ezekiel, one of Landmark University’s best graduating students in the 2016/2017 academic session has attributed his feat to the inspiration he garnered from his father, a chartered accountant.
Ezekiel said this on Sunday during the post-convocation thanksgiving service held within the university in Omu-Aran, Kwara, where it is located
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ezekiel was among the 468 students that graduated during the Institution’s 4th Convocation held last Friday.
Sixty-six students, that included Ezekiel, graduated with First Class Honours in various courses of studies.
Ezekiel, apart from bagging a First Class Honours in Accounting, is also a certified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Account of Nigeria (ICAN) as well as being a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) upon his graduation.
Ezekiel, 25, attended Our Lady’s Nursery and Primary School, Ilorin and Cherubim and Seraphim College, Ilorin for his primary and secondary education respectively.
He said the inspiration he garnered since his childhood days from his father was the magic wand that assisted him in setting his priorities right academically.
He also attributed his life-time desire to be a major competitor in the nation’s business industry as another factor that led him to choosing accountancy as his course of study in the university.
“I was greatly inspired by my father who is also a chartered accountant.
“Therefore, looking at the area in which my interest lies; as a business analyst and expert, I am inspired to get to the zenith in my field.
“Then, the question came that what are the things I need to acquire to achieve this goal.
“I realised I will need the knowledge of accounting to become a business expert, so that led me to studying accounting in the first place,” he said.
Ezekiel said his ability to maximise and manage his time productively coupled with the school’s conducive learning environment helped him to combine the school work with studying and passing the ICAN professional examinations.
He said that the campus environment was conducive for reading.
“We have a well-equipped and e-library which is useful to learning and research, especially, for my field.
“This is, in addition, to the committed and good lecturers we approach when we have challenges in our fields of learning.
“So, I was able to utilise all this infrastructure to my own good advantage,” he said.
He, however, said that he encountered such challenges as clashes in the school’s academic calendar with the ICAN timetable.
Also he said that there was difference in course works between both institutions, saying the university’s study was based on academic while ICAN course of study was purely professional.
“I slept in the lecture room for three months and received lectures from Mondays to Sundays, from morning till night.
“This became my routine because there were some basic things I needed to learn which I could not have achieved through my private studies,” he said.
Ezekiel said that being an ICAN-certified person was just the beginning of his professional career.
He said, “As a potential-business expert and analyst; ICAN will only enlarge my scope as I hope to undertake more profession courses.”
He advised other undergraduates to be make hard work their watchwords.
“Most of us know the right things; but we do not do them, so a man without vision will be clueless.
“Know where you are going; work toward it, and with God, you will achieve your goals no matter the challenges and setbacks,” he said.