A 79-year-old woman has achieved her lifelong
goal of wearing an academic gown and
graduating from a university. »
Hajiya Fatima Kurfi joined 1,678 graduates of Al-
Qalam University in Katsina , Katsina State, when
they were called upon to receive their various
degrees at a convocation last week.
Kurfi, who got admitted into the university in
2005, graduated with a Degree in Islamic Studies
in 2009. Her convocation was however deferred
until las week when the university held its
maiden convocation for seven sets that have
passed through the institute.
Speaking to DailyTrust, she said, “ When I was
young, there used to be a primary school in Kurfi
town were all my peers went, but I was not among
them. After I got married, my husband started to
teach me how to read and write, and it was with
this I was able to guide my children,” Mama Kurfi
said. When her husband left for England and she
joined him there, her spoken English improved
greatly during the almost three years she spent
“During my stay there, I tried to do something
about my education but could not. Upon my return
to the country, I took up the challenge to get the
formal education as all this time I was still doing
my informal teaching and learning processes, ” she
According to her, she had always believed that
formal education is extremely important. “ An
uneducated person is not complete. Even if he
tries other ventures like business, his lack of
education will limit him greatly, ” she said.
A mother of four with over 20 grandchildren, her
family is immensely proud of her achievement.
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