The seventh time was the charm for Mrs Elizabeth Orefuwa, who was recently named as the best graduating student of the Lagos State University.

Mrs Orefuwa, who was pregnant at the time of her graduation, graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.74 in Accounting Education.

Speaking during the convocation ceremony on Wednesday, she revealed that she written the entrance UME exams 7 times before she finally gained admission in 2012.

“The journey through the institution was not easy; it took me seven years of writing the UTME before I finally gained admission in 2012.

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“I also applied for direct entry three times at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“During this period of waiting, I started professional career at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) in 2007 and became qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2010,’’ Orefuwa told NAN.

“My aim is to get my first degree certificate after several years of waiting and to satisfy my dad, who has been insisting on academic certificate before professional certificate.

“He would always say to me then that I have put the cart before the horse. However, what kept me going was self-belief, focus and determination bearing in mind that I am not competing with other but with my own capabilities.’’

She also added that her marriage was never a distraction during her studies.

“I had a CGPA of 4.72 before marriage and I graduated with 4.74 point. I got married during my final year in 2015 and my husband was very supportive throughout that period.’’