This page will share stories of Lagos State University (LASU) Best Graduating Students for 2017/2018 Session. Their stories were revealed during the 2019 Convocation Ceremony.
Lagos State University (LASU) had two best graduating students for 2017/2018 set — Ola-Gbadamosi Ridwan Oladotun and Enumah Nneka Karen.
Let’s start with Oladotun.
Ola-Gbadamosi Ridwan Oladotun, narrated how he reared chicken to meet his personal and academic needs while in school. He said it was difficult for his father to pay his first tuition fee of over N280,000 when he gained admission into the university in 2013.
Oladotun, who finished from LASU’s faculty of Engineering emerged best overall graduating student together with one Nneka Karen Enumah of the faculty of Science as they both graduated with CGPA grade of 4.88.
To assist his father financially, Oladotun, in his valedictory speech at the 23rd convocation ceremony of the University, said he decided to invest the cash prize he received at his secondary school Speech and Prize Giving Day in the production of 150 broilers, which he successfully raised from day old chicks till maturity during the 2013 Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
“I remember using bandage to wrap their broken legs and a sipping straw to administer drugs on one of the birds not because I cared about their health but because I was desperate about making the desired profit. The return on the investment was used to cater for my personal and academic needs,” he said.
Narrating how the journey began, the Engineering graduate said,
“I attended Federal Government College, Ijanikin Lagos where I finished as the best graduating student in 2013.
“My flair for Physics and Mathematics was at its peak, driven by my inquisitiveness to unravel what was behind the functioning mechanisms of structures and systems.
“So, I decided to study Mechanical Engineering. Though, paying the tuition of LASU Engineering students as at 2013 (N284,750) was a big task mindful of the fact that two of my younger siblings were getting ready for tertiary education and my father had the onerous responsibility to shoulder all of the financial demands from all of us.
“Meanwhile, my late mother, Mrs. Aishat Adejoke Ola-Gbadamosi who would have supported me died while I was 12 years old. Eventually, my father was able to pay the full tuition, while l had to take charge of other associated expenses.”
His Matriculation Day, according to him, was a bitter-sweet day for him; while he was basking in the joy of being a university student, the thoughts of how his father was going to pay his humongous tuition fees for the remaining four years of his studies never eluded his mind for a seconds all through the ceremony.
Then, he took a decision that changed his story for the better.
“I made up my mind out of sheer determination to obtain a very good CGPA because I knew with this; I would be able to apply for undergraduate scholarships offered by several companies.
“I made good my pledge and I became a beneficiary of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, MTN Foundation and Federal Government Scholarships amongst other grants which were utilized in paying my school fees and other sundry expenses,” he narrated.
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Now let’s share the story of Enumah Nneka Karen.
Enumah Nneka Karen, an exceptional young lady, has graduated as the overall best student at the Lagos State University, after years of waiting to get an admission.
The young lady graduated with a 4.9 CGPA in mathematics. Aside from graduating as the overall best student, she also graduated as the best student in the mathematics department and best graduate in the faculty of science.
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She is one of Lagos State University’s graduating students for the class of 2018. She had a 4.9 Cumulative Grade Point Average out of 5.0.
In a chat with Legit.ng, one Victoria Ojukwu shared the story and celebrated her Karen. Ojukwu urged Legit.ng to share the story for the world to know and also expressed her desire to meet the brilliant lady.
Ojukwu revealed that it took Karen so long to gain admission into a university after graduating in 2018. She noted that Karen had graduated from Lagos State Model College.
Sourced — Dailytrust, Vanguard and Legit.ng.
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