60-Year-Old Emerges Best Graduating Student in Sociology at the University of Ibadan
“Some called me daddy, some called me Mr Sanni and some will even say, “He may be a daddy, but he is not my father. I experienced a lot of things, but as an old person, I was able to remain focused..."
In a remarkable feat, 60-year-old Farouk Sanni defied age stereotypes and achieved academic excellence as the best graduating student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ibadan. A retired banker, Sanni found fulfillment in pursuing his passion for understanding human behavior, choosing sociology after initially studying accounting at Obafemi Awolowo University.
Sanni, popularly known as Alhaji, shared his motivation, stating that he wanted to comprehend why people behave the way they do. Following his retirement from UBA, he took up the challenge to stay healthy and embarked on his quest for knowledge. Despite already holding a degree in accounting, Sanni wrote JAMB to gain admission to study sociology, even participating in the exam with his child, who is currently studying law at the University of Ibadan.
During the convocation ceremony, Sanni's achievements were celebrated as he graduated with first-class honors in sociology, winning eight awards. Dr. Oludayo Tade, a lecturer in the department, highlighted Sanni's dedication, mentioning that he often observed him reading under a tree on weekends. Despite the challenges of studying with much younger peers, Sanni remained focused, earning admiration and respect.