- A lady has become the first female to graduate from the geology department from a prestigious university
- Jamila Adamu graduated from the Usmanu Danfodiyo Universit in Sokoto
- Adamu revealed that she had been discouraged by many not to study the course, they had told her that it is a field dominated by men
Jamila Adamu, a young Nigerian lady, has become the first female to graduate from the department of geology a the Usmanu Danfodiyo Universit in Sokoto. The lady is a native of Birnin Kebbi.
The young lady who had been admitted into the university to read microbiology, however, found herself studying geology. She revealed that her school had created three new departments during her first semester.
She explained that she was among the list if students who were shortlisted to be admitted into the new departments.
She is the first female to graduate from the department of geology at the university
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Adamu said: "In my first semester, the school shortlisted about 90 names and pasted them on the noticeboard of the admissions officer. My name was one of them. I learnt the 90 students were needed for the 3 new courses established: Nursing, Radiology and Geology. I was sent to the Geology department. I wasn't down with MCB and I was encouraged to go for the new course(Geology). That was how I received my confirmation."
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According to her, even though she was discouraged by family and friends who, believed that the field work related to geology was too much for woman, she decided to continue her study and be the best at it.
The lady who plans to specialise in petroleum geology noted that many people were concerned that as a Muslim lady she might not be able to cope with working as a geologist on the field.
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She said: "Any tried to discourage me, saying Geology is only meant for men and I would be going out for field work. Some think geology is not for a Muslim lady. Saying how will a female spend over a week in another town with male colleagues? Unknown to them, I receive special treatment in terms of camping. I don't think even in the south, females would be allowed to camp together with males, let alone in Sokoto."
"When I started I use to say after first degree I'll forget it but as it is now, I am so much in love with the course that I intend to further and specialise in petroleum geology."
Adamu also advised ladies not to be discouraged by anybody. She said: "They should be focused and determined, ignore talks that discourage,pray hard, have faith, be dedicated and success will be achieved, God willing."
In an interview with News Digest, the lecturer who supervised Adamu's project noted that she is an inspiration.
Mallam Habib Ibrahim said: "Geology involves a lot of field work and that’s what the ladies shy away from.Muslim ladies in particular, because field work requires you dress in certain ways to ensure your safety. But Jamila is an example of someone that was able to adequately balance this requirements."
It was gathered that the university introduced the geology department at the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic. Adamu was the first female to graduate from the department and she finished with the second set of graduates at the end of the 2017/2018.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported the story of a young lady Esther Olubukola Adesokan that graduated with a first class from a South African university, despite all odds.
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