Naziha Gombillah: From WASSCE re-sitter to Valedictorian

Naziha Amin Gombillah was at the centre of attraction at the Second Session of the 14th Congregation when she etched her name into the academic annals of UPSA by becoming the first law student to earn first class honours.

Naziha graduated with a Final Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.72 and emerged as the valedictorian for her 2022 graduating class.

She was also adjudged the best graduating student from the UPSA Law School, having picked up the two most prestigious awards for the Bachelor of Laws programme—best graduating student in both public law and private law.

But her journey into prominence was not without rough patches or setbacks. She disclosed that she had to re-sit for her WASSCE examination after failing Mathematics.

This somewhat delayed her university ambitions for a year.

Naziha Gombilla receiving her prize from the Dean of the UPSA Law School, Professor Ernest Kofi Abotsi.

Today, the goal-oriented graduate who aspires to be an International Energy Law expert, a lecturer, and a guru in the fashion industry says what seemed like a setback for her a few years ago was actually the beginning of multiple opportunities for her.

“Even at the university level, there were times it got tough,” she said.

“I thought I would resit certain courses, but giving up never crossed my mind. I had started it, so I had to complete it. I had to make my parents proud.”

Naziha completed her secondary education at the Accra Girls Senior High School and hails from Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana.

Naziha sitting next to her mentor, Ms. Getrude Armah, a lecturer at the UPSA Law School.

She is a student mentor and a leader who delights in helping students better appreciate the law.

She has mentored and tutored many students at the UPSA Law School, and hers is now a household name within the faculty.

Naziha is very analytical, goal-oriented, and proactive.

In expressing her appreciation, she thanked the Almighty Allah for His unfailing support and also acknowledged the management as well as faculty of the University for their commitment to service, advice, and encouragement, which were all geared towards moulding her and her graduating cohort into professionals.

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