December 13 2023

Married woman emerges best graduating medical student, bags 24 awards

A 24-year-old mother of one, Sumayyah Abdallah, has emerged as the best-graduating medical student of the 2022/2023 academic session and bagged twenty-three awards in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS).

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Sumayyah was awarded with cash prizes at the medical students’ induction held at the university’s auditorium on Saturday, December 09, 2023.

Speaking to journalists, she recalled that there were about 140 who started the academic journey far back in 2015 but only 79 were inducted into the medical profession as graduates.

She hails from Agaie, Niger state, and started her medical journey in December 2015.

Aside from the honorary awards, she won more than four hundred thousand naira (N400,000) at the induction.

Dr. Sumayyah got married in 2021 immediately after UG4 and gave birth about 3 weeks before the UG5 examinations.

“Marriage affected my studies positively, it gave me more motivation and determinants than ever. It made me more focused on achieving my goals,” said Sumayyah.

Sumayyah said she had so many good grades that made her deserve the feat. She expressed her excitement about the achievement,

“Alhamdulillah, I feel really happy, seeing the smiles on my parents’ faces and their tears of joy is the most satisfying feeling in the whole wide world. I faced challenges but challenges are part of life, and we are not as perfect as the picture you see, I was scared at some point in time,” she said.

Having a baby in medical school, especially while carrying the 9 months pregnant, and taking care of the child after delivery was strenuous for Sumayyah.

“Thanks to my husband and my little Zayd too, we went through it all together,”

Sumayyah advised undergraduates to stay humble, avoid overconfidence, and avoid too many friends.

“What is worth doing is worth doing well. Most importantly, pray as if you’ve never read anything and read as if you’ve never prayed,” she added.