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First Class Diary: Competencies are the physical behaviors, abilities, skills, knowledge, and traits that are necessary for high performance in any given situation- BA


Hello my amazing readers! A happy new month to you all. It is another exciting beautiful morning to be alive. We thank the Lord for the gift of life.

Today, on the series, I have with me, Babatope Adebayo, all the way from Osun state university. Adebayo believes that competencies are the physical behaviors, abilities, skills, knowledge, and traits that are necessary for high performance in any given situation.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

In Adebayo’s words,

To some extent, being a first-class graduate opens lots of opportunity to one but it requires personal and continuous development to be able to maximize such opportunities. In the corporate world, lots of expectation is placed on the first-class graduate, hence, he/she cannot afford to drop the ball. Therefore, there is need to continuously thrive to be the best in what you do.


Abigael Ibikunle of Edugist: Please share with Edugist, a little about your background.

Babatope Adebayo: My name is Babatope Adebayo, I am a native of Ekiti state, Ekiti west LGA precisely. I grew up in Akure Ondo state, where I attended my basic education, which is Pre-University education.

I’m a graduate of Accounting from Osun State University, (2013/2014) set where I was privileged to have graduated with First class degree. I am a Member of the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Member of the Accounting Technicians of West Africa (ATSWA), a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management (CILRM), and a Certified course member of the Corporate Finance Institute (CFI).


During my undergraduate days, I was privileged to be awarded the MTN Foundation Science and Technology scholarship, Total Merit Scholarship, among others. I am currently a student at the University of Lagos, where I am pursuing my post-graduate education on a part basis in Accounting and Finance.


In conclusion, I am a practicing Auditor, Accountant, and Consultant. Over the years, I have gained experience by working with an Indigenous consulting firm. There, I rose from Audit senior to Manager Corporate Planning & Strategy Audit. Then, I proceeded to a renowned Telecommunications company as the Manager Enterprise Risk Auditor, from which I currently work with an International Non-Governmental organization as the Manager, Finance and Accounts.



AI: Was there any motivating factor(s) that influenced your choice of discipline and institution?

BA: Oh Indeed, my choice of discipline was motivated during my summer class in the senior secondary school after the compulsory JSSCE. I marveled at the number of students who rushed to be in the science class all wanting to be Doctors or Engineers then. After about 2 weeks of the summer class, I went downstairs to use the convenience and when I passed through the corridor of the commercial class, surprisingly, I could only count just about five students in the class.


There and then, I decided I was not going to join the multitude in all the then perceived prestigious occupations, rather practice a profession that will manage the economy in the nearest future. So, I joined the commercial class the following week after so much discouragement from my teacher and the principal at the time. They all believed I was an excellent student in the sciences.


My choice of school indeed was motivated by the need to attend tertiary institutions that do not join the ASUU strike which was rampant (without attending the Private Universities though). In particular, getting admitted after my unyielding effort to be admitted into the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) the first year and second year of attempt.


Interestingly, in both years, I had incredible grades in my JAMB and Post-JAMB now referred to as UTME, I met the cut off marks of the Accounting discipline slated for the institution. Alas, I was a Christian and I was not ready to change my religion, hence I was not granted admission. Meanwhile, I choose Osun State University (UNIOSUN) and Banking and Finance as my second choice during the JAMB application process.


I attempted the Post UTME and had an Oral interview with the Dean of students of the faculty of Management and Social sciences at the time. Fortunately for me, after I had waited for my name on the admission list of UNILORIN and to no avail, I was then encouraged by my Dad to check the outcome of the Post UTME exercise I had in UNIOSUN.

It was then I saw that I passed the cut off mark and I had already been offered my choice of course Accounting since September. At the time I checked, it was already December 5th to be precise. I immediately and joyously accepted the admission offer and traveled to join my colleague almost at the end of the semester in the first year.

I must confess that was how my undergraduate journey started and it ended in praise.


AI: There are two major skills that every student must possess: COMPETENCE and PERFORMANCE. While competence revolves around skill acquisition, performance is much more concerned about skills application. It is believed that most graduates are competent because their academic performance testifies to this, but they are performance-challenged. This poor performance ipso facto hinders them from getting lucrative jobs in the labor market.  What can you say about this assertion?

BA: This assertion is very true because I will like to use my profession Accountancy as an example and how what is defined to be COMPETENCE is not regarded as academic performance or status.


Competencies are the physical behaviors, abilities, skills, knowledge, and traits that are necessary for high performance in any given situation.


Even though I graduated as a first Class in my academic pursuits, there was an absolute need to join my Professional Institute. Where academic prowess was not recognized until you have been able to seat and complete the rigorous stages of the Qualifying Examination of the Institute. Hence, you can now be reckoned with in the profession. No doubt, there are some accomplished Accountants who do not belong to any institute of the accountancy body but very few of them.

In very recent times, I have been on several panels that recruit staff for my organisation and I have been very displeased with the performance of the graduate workforce. This is due to the theory-based learning culture in Nigeria, a lot of students read to pass’ or memorise and dump at the examination hall or even cheat to acquire good grades. Therefore, it becomes difficult to apply such temporary knowledge to real-life situations, hence, they are performance-challenged.


AI: What do you think is responsible for competence without performance? Please suggest ways of improving the performance level of university students and graduates

BA: Personal development I can say is the key to bridging the gap between Competence and Performance. Everything will not be taught at the four corners of the school, but a Competent student will thrive to develop him/herself in the field of choice by engaging in professional certification which applies real-life situation to theory-based knowledge.


Students or graduates are also encouraged to have an open mind to learning. Some already feel they had good grades in school, hence they know it all rather than creating an opportunity to be duly fine-tuned in the profession.


Therefore, since Competence is a prerequisite for Performance, graduates or students are advised to have a framework of applying acquired skill sets or abilities to achieving their goals.



AI: Achievement in life transcends one’s personal efforts. There were people who, during your programme, rendered some assistance that made your dreams a reality. Who are specific persons whose contribution you can’t forget in your first-class feat?

BA: First of all, I appreciate the Almighty God for his unfailing love over my life and for giving me everyone and everything that was required to make my dream a reality. I would like to appreciate my parents and family for their support all the way, in all ramifications. They are the best! The Duo is a blessing to my life even up until now.


I would also like to appreciate my very good friend Aanuoluwa Adeyeye whom we happened to graduate with the same grade from the same department at the University. She was a partner that could discern when I was tired of pushing forward when school management and departmental politics affected my grades badly. But she stood to encourage me not to relent.

My very good lecturers, Professor Asaolu, Mr. Adebayo Lere, Mr. Feyi Oluwaremi, Mr. Tope Adelabu, and many more that were very instructive in shaping our minds and cognition. Finally, to all my friends from other departments, my fellowship, and even my classmates.



AI: As a first-class graduate, are you currently gainfully employed?

BA: Yes, I am currently gainfully employed with consulting experience that cuts across several industries such as the Oil and Gas, Banks and other Financial Institutions, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Non-Governmental Organisations, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Power, etc. I currently have a cognate experience of about 5 years plus and unveiling to learning new things throughout the journey.



AI: Do you think your grades have or are giving you any major advantage over other graduates with lesser grades?

Just as I stated earlier that my profession does not favour the grades but looks into personal competency and developments.


To some extent, being a first-class graduate opens lots of opportunity to one but it requires personal and continuous development to be able to maximize such opportunities. In the corporate world, lots of expectation is placed on the first-class graduate, hence, he/she cannot afford to drop the ball. Therefore, there is need to continuously thrive to be the best in what you do.



AI: For students who aspire to graduate with outstanding grades like yours, what would you advise them?

AB: For students who aspire to graduate with outstanding grades, I would advise them not to relent, keep pushing with the focus and the renewal of purpose in mind.

“It pays to aim at the sky so that even when you fall, you fall in between the stars” This was my watchword then back in school.

More so, align yourselves with friends that have similar goals and focus in mind just as I was friends with all those that can have a positive impact on my Goal. This helps with moderating the kind of distractions that comes your way. Finally, Love and believe in God, he directs our path.


AI: What would you advise the government to do to improve the standard of our education system?

BA: It is a clarion call to the government to reform the education system of the nation.

The actual future of the nation depends on the nature of the graduate it churns out on a yearly basis.

The government should put mechanisms in place for proper funding of education, from teachers/lecturer’s salaries to funding and promoting a practical environment to enhance learning.


AI: Any other thing you would like to share?

BA: I would like to thank Edugist for the time and what the organization sets out to achieve in our ever-dwindling spirit on Education in Nigeria. Also, I will like to appeal to the mind of every reader or listener to never stop learning everywhere because “the day you stop learning is the day you die.” Cheers to the yet promising new year!!!


That’s it on the series for the Month. Hope you had a swell time reading? You can read the previous interview here

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I am Abigael Ibikunle and celebrating excellence is a top priority for me.

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Abigael Ibikunle

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