Asisat Oshoala’s distinctive celebration following her goal against Australia in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup has attracted attention, sparking a variety of responses.
Born into a devout Muslim family, the Nigerian international’s sister, Sherifat, was observed wearing her hijab during her 2021 graduation ceremony at the University of Lagos.
She revealed that her family members, including her determined father, played a significant role in inspiring her. Sherifat’s hard work paid off as she excelled in the Broadcast Class of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), achieving a First Class Degree and securing the top spot in her class.
In the 51st convocation of the University of Lagos in 2021, Sherifat was among the 281 students who graduated with first-class honors. With an impressive cumulative grade point average of 4.60 out of a possible five points, she described her dedication to academics.
Speaking to The Punch, Sherifat said, “I draw inspiration from my dedicated and devout late mother, my determined father, and my elder sister who excels in professional football. Their determination and confidence to be the best in their respective fields greatly motivate me.”
Sherifat also detailed the various activities that contributed to her exceptional academic achievement. She explained through Independent, “MSSN (Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria) provided moral and spiritual support. I was an active member of the Mass Communication chapter (Unilag Muslim communicators). I remember attending a weekly meeting after every Jumaat.”
She continued, “We discussed self-discovery and preventing oneself from losing track while pursuing excellence. The constant reminder to maintain a connection with Allah and live according to the faith was beneficial. Being part of the organization during my time at school was rewarding. It prevented me from becoming solely fixated on academic success and neglecting my prayers.”