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Admirable mediocrity

18 June 2013, 08:59 Onyeji Dominic Uzoechi

Lagos State University was highly rated in Nigeria especially in nineties. It was counted among best universities those days and everybody liked it. Structures and facilities were not deficient. Government did a lot to ensure that everything was put in place. It had standard features, and its elegant splendors gave it to look viable in globe. Its initials (LASU) were famous, not only in Nigeria. It was cherished by everybody in the world and the good image showed that the institution stood a great chance to compete favorably in global academy.

Students who attended Lagos State University those days were highly honored in the world. Most of them were seen or regarded as lords after graduation. A great number of best brains in Nigeria passed through LASU. They became admirable and equally had great privileges to stand as elites both in Nigeria and abroad. The good image of LASU gave chances for most of its products to compete mightily with others around the world.
Lagos State University was both great and globally viable. Its products were recognized in global labor markets, and most of them were seen everywhere in the world standing out like hot cakes. They had no rival those days in entire continent of Africa and beyond. But there were many who passed through LASU without allowing it to pass through them. Such students were equally admired by everybody who knew them as products of LASU. They gained respect from men not because they knew their onions like others, but because of the good image of LASU. Onyema happened to be one of them those days. He was highly respected by all who knew him as a student of LASU. But none among his many distant admirers could perceive or see him as admirable mediocrity.
Onyema was very popular during his days as student of Lagos State University. Everybody knew him, and one thing that made him famous was prestigious posts which he occupied in LASU. He was prominent almost in everything, and people loved him. He won many souls over and had many friends (fans). But he could not identify certain flaws in his life until they mar him without remedy. Two things he failed to realize were that too much of everything was very bad and that a good student was not meant to be too committed to trivial or social activities in school. It was true that general activities help students to become well exposed. Everybody liked to be loved and famous. But it did not mean that one should get oneself immersed into trivialities and allow unnecessary things to choke one’s life in school. Onyema belonged to many active groups and forums in LASU. You would not enjoy his company as a male if he noticed that you were not hard-hitting and belligerent. He loved being very active like manly men. But he was not sensitive and wise enough to know that too much involvement in social activities could debar anybody from getting serious with studies. One person who tried to make him realize this was his loving girlfriend, Ebube. They were deeply in love as students on campus. But Onyema would always turn a deaf ear each time Ebube tried to caution him for his too much involvement in trivial activities.
In 1992, Onyema contested as a candidate of Student Union Government (SUG) and won even though Ebube did not fully support him. He was sworn in to represent his department in Student Representative Council (SRC) in LASU, and before this time he was already serving as president of Imo State Student Forum in LASU. These prestigious posts made Onyema to become great and popular. But they were not the only positions that he occupied as student in LASU. He also belonged to other social groups like Lion Club, Rotary Club, Attraction Club and the likes. He featured prominently in all the groups and his posts in most of them were eminent.

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