Ben Duamlong, a 70-year-old man, has bagged first class degree from the University of Jos Nigeria.
The man, who graduated from the institution along with 20,532 other students in 2023, claimed that he chose to join in the degree program because he was passionate about learning and had recently retired as a football coach.
Duamlong, who studied painting at the University, made the list of 112 students who bagged first class.
Although earning a first-class degree certificate is frequently a difficult undertaking for students, the 70-year-old claimed that it shouldn’t be.
He explained to our correspondent why he decided to go back to school and continue his studies while raising his kids.
What prompted me to go back to the university at this age is because of my passion for art. All my life, I have always drawn but never painted.
I like painting. I can draw but I can’t paint. So, after retiring in 2014, as a footballer, I stayed home doing nothing.
That is why I decided to go back to school,” said Duomlus who opened up on how he was discouraged by many people.
Commenting on the feat of his father, Gwandai Duamlong, a 100 level student, said he was happy with the performance.
Duamlong was the former coach of Nigeria under 20, and assistant coach for the Super Eagles during Korea /Japan 2022 World Cup.
With a remarkable cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.32, Ben-lutnaan Duamlong not only emerged as the best graduating student in his department but also left an indelible mark on the university’s history.
His dedication to his studies and unwavering commitment to excellence were praised by all, including the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, who took a special moment to recognize his outstanding achievement.