INTERVIEW: KNOW WHAT YOU TRULY WANT AND PURSUE IT - UNILAG BEST GRADUATING STUDENT .




From the just concluded 2018/2019 Unilag convocation, a total of 12, 811 students graduated, three of which emerged as the overall best students from the departments of Insurance, Business Administration and Medicine.
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One of the outstanding students, Daniel Ogbechi, granted Daniel Updates an interview below. 
Read full interview below... 
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Daniel Updates:
Good afternoon sir, my name is Daniel Sodiq. I am a popular blogger of Daniel Updates. Please sir, I want to have an interview with you sir, if you don't mind.
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BGS:
I'm Daniel Chinaedum Ayodele OGBECHI , a first class graduate from the department  of Business Administration, University of Lagos. I'm Roman Catholic,  I hail from Oshimili North Delta state, I was born into a family of 5. My dad  Sir Daniel Ogbechi , My mom, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi, my brother Valentino Ogbechi and sister Naomi Ogbechi. 
I take interest in sports; basketball and football. I'm a fitness and business enthusiast. 
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Daniel Updates:
Today you are celebrated as the best student in Unilag, how do you feel, and to what extent do you think you can be of help to other students in school?
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BGS:
I thank God for everything. He has been immensely graceful. I feel quite elated, as a matter of fact I have been beaming all day.  Well I feel this could be a source of inspiration not just to me but to other students as well to strive to do more. It is a great achievement but not an end itself. I have been in interactions with several students and I could see it in them the willingness and desire to do more
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Daniel Updates:
How do you balance your education and sports, because you said that you love sports, sir how do you balance both?
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BGS:
Well starting out school it wasn't easy at all balancing both as I was still a member of the junior athletics team and competed actively, however with grace, a proactive routine which allowed me prepare well ahead of time, the right set of mentors and friends, I was able to not just plan well but also focus properly. I practised a technique called mindfulness where I could focus on any activity I was engaged with and totally lock out all others. This really helped me especially when engagement levels increased as I became an active member of several societies. I co-founded The Enpact Initiative, participated and won the University debate subsequently joining the debating society ULDS.
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Daniel updates:
How is your reading schedule, I mean your reading duration?
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BGS:
I read about 3hrs daily then a month before exams or weeks before tests, the hours kinda spike up to about 7-8hrs
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Daniel Updates:
What are your challenges and your great times during your under graduate days?
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BGS:
Challenges I faced would center on having to really juggle my schedule around to be able to meet up with various commitments, I must admit it wasn't easy at all, many times I felt overwhelmed by the amount of work or tasks I had to cover, taking on active roles and still being able to dedicate one's time to the primary objective of studying.
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Daniel Updates:
As much as educational excellence is concerned, Unilag is one of the best institution in Africa, and also has reputation in the global map of outstanding institutions, please sir how do you feel, being associated with this esteemed institution?
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BGS:
I had a lot of great times on campus I remember winning the departmental debate 2 years consecutively, winning the University debate, winning a silver medal at the VCs cup and so many other times when I was honoured for one achievement or the other, I had quite a sublime time on campus.The University of Lagos is the school of first choice and the nation's pride, while filling my Jamb form there was only slot for one University and I couldn't think of any other but the University of Lagos. With the great Alumni network and the quality of staff and education without an ounce of doubt I am truly grateful and quite happy to be affiliated with such a prestigious institution.

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Daniel Updates:
Now that you are a graduate, what are your next steps further. Of course, your ambitions are personal, and exclusive to you but we want to keep up and hear more from you after this period.
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BGS:
The goal has always been to learn and apply knowledge learnt to build the society, the goal would be to push for my Msc and Phd subsequently gaining as much knowledge and experience as I can in the field of Business analytics and marketing.
I do hope to start up my own firm that would be focused building on startups that are value driven so as to help solve the problems of the society.
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Daniel Updates:
Did you have any romantic relationship in school?
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BGS:
I wasn't at any point in time committed to a serious relationship during school.
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Daniel Updates:
Who is your mentor sir or who are you looking up to?
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BGS:
My mom, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi, Dr Olufemi Akintunde, I look up to a whole lot of people, my philosophy permits me to, I believe everyone is superior in some type of way hence I must see that which they excel at and respect them for it.
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Daniel Updates:
In one of your interviews, I heard you said that you underestimated yourself, please sir, can you shed light on this?
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BGS:
Yeah coming off for most of as an average student in secondary school, getting admitted to the University on a provisional supplementary list really cast a lot of doubt on my ability to even finish with a first class, but I set my goals semester by semester, a goal of 5.0 and I'm glad that each semester I was able to hit this mark, despite having a CGPA of 5 after the first semester there was still a lot of doubt which waned as time went by and I embraced a world of possibilities.
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Daniel Updates:
What is your advice for the upcoming students who are willing to be like you?
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BGS:
First truly understand yourself, know what you truly want and pursue without looking back, get the right set of mentors, right set of friends, be prayerful and the Lord will grant grace.
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Daniel Updates:
Thank you sir, We are very happy to be associated with you from Daniel update. We love you.
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