Aside from emerging the overall best candidate in the June/July 2012 National Examinations Council Senior School Certificate Examination, Sandra Anazor also obtained eight As and a B in the West African Senior School Secondary Certificate Examinations.
Sandra Anazor, 18, an indigene of Umuawulu in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, is the fourth child in a family of nine.
Anazor, a born mathematician according to her teachers and family, could be called a genius. Emerging the overall best NECO SSCE candidate in the country, Anazor also made eight As and one B2 in the May/June 2012 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
Speaking with punch correspondent, Anazor, after receiving her award at a ceremony in Lagos, last Tuesday, said that she loved looking unique and wearing good clothes. But that nothing could take the place of her books, not even a relationship.
Anazor’s success in these exams, no doubt, depicts her level of intelligence. In a response to how she managed to top these competitions, Anazor said, “I read hard. I love reading. But one other thing that helped me was the ban I placed upon myself that I would not get into any intimate relationship with the opposite sex until I’m 20.”
However, Anazor said there were times she felt distracted and wanted to have fun like other girls. “I had to fight distraction. Being a young girl, I had young guys coming to ask me out on a date. But I always refused because I didn’t want to waste my time with these guys. More than half of these childish relationships don’t end up in marriage. I usually tell my friends not to get into relationships because these boys only want sex.
“In my opinion, relationships with the opposite sex are distractions. I didn’t want anything to affect my studies. Even when my friends were getting involved in relationships, I stayed true to my principle.
“If I have the opportunity to speak to young girls, I will tell them to turn a blind eye to relationship. This is not the time. These guys just want to catch their fun. They want sex. The chance of them getting married to those girls is slim,” she said.
Being a lover of hard work, Anazor said she spent nights reading up to the extent that she now finds it hard sleeping at night.
“I studied hard for the NECO exam. I was determined to excel. I didn’t have the intention of being the overall best though. I’m so glad my efforts paid off and those sleepless nights were not in vain,” Anazor said.
Born to Azubike, a lawyer, and Mary Anazor, Sandra had her primary education at Bethroot Model School and her secondary education at Federal Government Girls College, both in Onitsha.
According to her father, Anazor, has always been a brilliant girl. Right from her primary school days, her father said that she had always emerged first in all her examinations.
Prior to the NECO SSCE, Anazor said that she had participated in several national competitions and had always emerged tops.
She said she had participated in the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools National Quiz Competition and came first.
She said, “I participated in the ANCOPSS quiz three times and came first thrice. After which I had to represent my state, Anambra, and came second.”
The ANCOPSS quiz is just one among national competitions she had participated. Mentioning a few, Anazor said, “I also represented my state in the 2011 NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club Secondary Schools’ Competition and took first position.
“There was also a Globe competition for Federal Government schools. This competition is organised by the Federal Government mainly for its schools. I participated in this competition when I was in S.S.2 and S.S.3. I came first and second respectively.
“Last year, I also participated in the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition. Representing my state, I came first at the end of the competition,” she said.
Anazor had also participated in the 2011 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Mobil Producing edition of the annual Science Teacher’s Association of Nigeria National Science Quiz competition.“I came third in this competition. But when I went ahead to represent my state, I came second.”
As the popular saying goes every tough man has a weak spot. Anazor has a phobia for flights. Anazor said she was a bit scared when she had to fly down to Lagos from Onitsha, as it was her first time of boarding a plane.
She said, “I had heard so many stories of the feeling one had when a plane is about to take off, and I was a bit scared. Even when we were aboard, I was still frightened. But I enjoyed the experience. It was as if I was in a luxurious bus that was moving very fast.”
Shedding light on some of her other weaknesses, Anazor said she cared a lot about what people thought of her.
She said, “My friends think I have a tough heart and that I don’t listen to rumours, but I do. I act tough because I don’t want people to take advantage of me.”
Her father, who appeared to be very proud of his daughter’s achievement, said his daughter had the softest heart he had ever come across.
Mr. Anazor said, “My daughter is such a kind-hearted girl. I’m so proud of her. I thank God for guiding me in making the right school choice. Till today, I can proudly say that public schools are much better than private schools.
“Private schools charge so much but a large percentage of them don’t have a strong foundation. My daughter is a living testimony,” he said.
Speaking on the education sector, Anazor, who has got admission to study Medicine at the University of Ibadan, called on the Federal Government to put an end to strikes.
She said, “As the saying goes, when two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. Strikes affect pupils more. I urge the Federal Government to pay lecturers their dues on time and solve the problems in the education sector.
“Nigeria’s education sector will only get better when everyone takes responsibility for their actions. It’s time we all stop passing blames,” she said.
Anazor said she hoped to affect lives in future with her medical profession.