How Oshoala’s influence got me to take UNILAG -Sister’s first class
Barcelona forward and Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala’s younger sister Sherifat Omosholape, is one of 281 students who graduated first class in the 51st University of Lagos convocation.
Sherifat, who graduated with a GPA of 4.60 on all five possible points, explains how her sister’s fame and success as a professional footballer influenced her to study harder and emerge with the first class in mass communication in this interview with SODIQ OYELEKE
What would you describe as your motivation?
I was motivated by many things, including my family, my faith and the future, which is the fear of failure. My family is a huge inspiration to me in every sense of the word. Everyone has a go-getter instinct and that drives me to be the best I can be. My biggest inspiration comes from my meticulous and devout late mother, my pragmatic father and my older sister who is a pro footballer. Their motivation and their conviction to be the best at what they do motivate me a lot. In addition, at school, I was surrounded by a lot of smart and promising friends (including my best friend, Aisha Badeji, also a graduate with high honors) and classmates, who never stopped looking after me. put in suspense. My speakers, Dr Shaibu Husseini, among others, served as practical examples and set the tone for us to excel. Another thing is the stereotypical views of women in hijabs. I am always happy to show the world that there is more to being a Muslim and that excellence is part of it.
Was there something you did differently?
Honestly, I just tried to be consistent and pray, because I believe it’s the grace of God that matters.
I had interests in other fields like fashion and entrepreneurship but eventually had to focus on the degree because my parents advised me to take things gradually.
Have you always emerged at the top of your class?
For me, the turning point was my high school because I was extremely playful and carefree in my college. I had excellent academic results since my high school and I was the valedictorian
of my degree in 2015 at Longford International School, Ebute Metta. It also boosted my self-confidence.
What were the challenges you encountered?
Finding the right balance between school and social life was a big challenge in my early years. It was quite difficult to deal with the freedom that I had just obtained as an undergraduate because I had never left home before. Nonetheless, I wanted to stay focused, so I had to put in place some very strict focused mechanisms to try and get my priority clear. Although it took a while.
Has your sister’s success or fame had any influence on your academic prowess?
Yes he did. Its success gives me this strong conviction that I can accomplish anything, so far I have started doing it. I had the privilege of watching my sister fight tooth and nail to achieve greatness. If I’m not motivated by the amount of work she puts into her career and how much of a fighter she is, then something is wrong somewhere. My sister is the model par excellence. His work ethic and dedication has a ripple effect on us all. I’m really happy to get a glimpse of her journey from grass to grace, and it’s absolutely inspiring. She is my role model and her success influences me a lot.
What was his reaction after you emerged in first class?
She was delighted. You know, she doesn’t settle for less. For her, excellence is essential. She prayed for my continued growth and also challenged me to never give in. In his words, the Oshoalas boast differently.
Did she promise you a present – a car, a house, a special trip?
[Laughs] Yes, she will definitely bring me something. But I don’t want to talk about this.
Do you have a passion for sports or do you practice sports?
Not at all. I can’t kick a soccer ball to save someone. I loved running in elementary / high school, I passed out once while I was there so I found my square root. Of course, it was child’s play.
I have a great passion for broadcasting which influenced my studies in mass communication and my participation in the National Broadcast Academy. I also run a news program called “News Wrap Up” and another program, “Up-Close”, which also aim to hone my skills in the field.
What is your advice to other students?
I am still a toddler trying to walk the path to success. However, my advice to students is to constantly stay focused, to work and also to play hard. Also, it is very important to put God first.
Where would you probably be in the next five years?
I would like to reach the top of the broadcasting profession. As I mentioned earlier, I would like to own a broadcast team, i.e. to have acquired and to a reasonable extent honed my skills in the field and to work for renowned stations like the BBC. I also want to deepen my studies by acquiring both masters and doctoral degrees. Besides, I would love to do some fashion influence on the side. In five years, by the grace of Allah, I should have achieved this by working for others.