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60-year-old man who enrolled in the university after retirement emerges best student wins 8 awards

A 60-year-old man named Farouk Sanni, who enrolled in university after retirement, has graduated from the University of Ibadan with a bachelor’s degree and has also won 8 awards as the best graduating student in his department.

Farouk Sanni obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, after retiring as a banker. He graduated from college with honors and was the top graduating student in his class.

He said in an interview with Vanguard that studying sociology finally made him feel accomplished because it satisfied his quest to understand why people behave the way they do. The sociology degree is the second bachelor’s degree that Sanni will obtain.

He obtained his first bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, a degree he says his uncle imposed on him. Sanni then went to the University of Liverpool, London to obtain a master’s degree in international management.

Sanni said he had to write to JAMB to be admitted to study sociology at the same time as his son who is currently studying law at the same University of Ibadan. He said studying in the same class with peers the same age as his children was a challenge, but he remained determined.

“Studying in a classroom where you have students who are the same age as your children can be quite challenging, but I was magnanimous to accommodate what happened,” Sanni said.

“Some called me daddy, some called me Mr. Sanni and some will even say, ‘He may be a daddy, but he’s not my daddy. I have been through a lot, but as an old person I was able to stay focused,” he added.

60-year-old man who enrolled at university after retirement becomes best student and wins 8 prizes

Sanni is also a Certified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Banker and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He recently wrote a book entitled ‘My Journey to Making First Class at 60’.

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