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How Lady defied sickle cell to become best student of biological sciences at Covenant University

A Nigerian sickle cell lady, named Hephzibah Adeniji, narrates how she become the best graduating student in Biological science at Covenant University (CU), with 4.96 out of 5 points.

Hephzibah Adeniji shared a heart touching words after graduating with a first-class from Covenant University.

But Hephzibah’s story isn’t the regular. Having been diagnosed with sickle cell disease at an early age and losing her mother — whom she describes as her motivation — during the heat of the COVID pandemic in May 2020, graduating with a CGPA of 4.96/5 as the best student in biological sciences was an uncommon feat.

Beyond achieving the top position in her department, she was also the second best graduating student in the university.

In her words: “I came into Covenant University with the mind of a child. I have grown in wisdom in the things of God and in wisdom for everyday living. I learnt how to deal with certain situations and people with the maturity required and I couldn’t be more proud. His grace and goodness on me, I mean, how else could I maintain beauty when CU stress hit?”

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Revealing how she did it, Hephzibah said “I maximise the times when I’m well, so that when I fall sick, I’m not entirely at a loss.”

She attributes her resolve to God, family, a strong support system represented through “God-sent helpers who are now family”, and a unique understanding that pain will only last a while.

READ ALSO: I Wrote Almost Every Exam At Hospital’ — UNILAG First-Class Graduate With Sickle Cell


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