In the cold hamattan of 1984, a Kano indigene from SCIENCE Secondary School Dawakin Today did the unthinkable!!!
He scored 9 distinctions (8 A1 and A2) in his West African Senior Certificate (WASSCE) Exams.
This achievement seemed unrealistic and never happened that the authorities at Lagos assumed it was a cheat.
In order to prove their assumptions right, a car was sent to pick up 16 years old Sarki Abba straight from Dawakin TOFA where he was made to retake the whole 9 exams in the duration of 3 days.
After marking the rescheduled exams, he scored 9 A1 (the only ‘A2’ he had in English Language before the retake, became ‘A1’ resulted to 9 A1).
Faced with shock, the Lagos authorities saved face by apologizing and instituting the National Merit Award making Sarki Abba it’s first recipient.
In 1989/90 school session, also at 21, Sarki Abba graduated as overall best Medical Student, Overall best graduating Student at ABU Zaria. Sarki was then invited to U.S.A where he continued his studies, work and lives there since then.
Sarki Abba is presently a Professor of Urology and Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA.
Also MD, PhD, at the John T. Grayhack Professor of Urological.
Prof. Sarki Abba’s research program is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive the cancer initiation, progression and recurrence with the ultimate goal of developing therapies that interfere with these ultimate. His work has particularly focused on Prostate Cancer.
Abba was invited to Lagos headquarters to re-write the West Africa exams (WASSCE). He was the overall best in 1984.
Writteb by: Sadiq Basheer
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