Unical (University of Calabar) was established on 25 October 1975. In April 1975, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria announced that as part of the National Development Plan, seven new Universities were to be established at various locations in the country. The Univerisity of Calabar was one of the seven Universities set up under this program. The mission of the school is "to provide high-quality graduate and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical, practical, and entrepreneurial skills for the world of work in a conducive environment through quality research and teaching.
In the Unical department of Linguistics and Communications Studies' 44 years history, no one has ever graduated with a First Class in the department, until Colette. Colette Offiong Bassey took to Instagram to share her testimony following her convocation ceremony.
Colette, whose Instagram handle is @Colly001 said "I remember finishing exams on a certain Wednesday and giving birth that Saturday. It was one hell of a ride but it ended in praise. After God, my gratitude goes to my Husband who pushed me hard and gave me great support. I have a great support system, the rest of my family included thank you. Thank you everyone I am super Thankful for the show of love. It is never too late to achieve excellence, you just have to start. Take the step Whatever it is. The journey to greatness goes on".
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