When in 1990, then All States Trust Bank, advertised for vacancies to employ young graduates, the minimum requirement was a Second Class Upper (2:1) Degree. 

In spite of his Third Class result, he went ahead and submitted his application. 

In it, he wrote:

"I know I may not have met the qualifying criteria for the advertised roles, but I am INTELLIGENT, DRIVEN, AMBITIOUS and I will make the bank proud. My third class degree does not demonstrate the full extent of my intelligence and ability, and I know I can do so much more," 

. . . Part of his cover letter read.

These words caught the eye of the Chairman/CEO at the time, who decided to give him a chance despite being "unqualified", the 27-year-old was hired as an entry-level analyst after passing the due process.

In twelve months, he became the youngest bank branch manager at the time.

The young man, is ANTHONY ONYEMAECHI ELUMELU who later became the MD/CEO of Standard Trust Bank, MD/CEO of UBA (now Chairman), Chairman Heirs Holdings as well as Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation.

He is on Forbes list of the top 50 richest people in Africa worth over $700 Million (as at 2015).

My dear friends, don't be discouraged by the requirements of men, take that chance with courage and give it your best shot.

Good Morning Have a productive day. 

Published on 19th, Jan 2021

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