LASU overall best graduating student reveals he sold chickens to pay fees

LASU overall best graduating student reveals he sold chickens to pay fees

- A young graduate identified as Ola-Gbadamosi Ridwan Oladotun has opened up on his struggle with putting himself through school

- The young man graduated with 4.88 CGPA at the Lagos State University (LASU)

- Oladotun is the overall best graduating student for 2017/2018 academic session

Indeed with strong determination and passion, one can achieve almost anything and the success story of this young Nigerian man reflects this in every way.

Identified as Ola-Gbadamosi Ridwan Oladotun, he recently became the overall best graduating student for 2017/2018 academic session with 4.88 CGPA at the Lagos State University (LASU).

While many people know of his victory now, not so many people are familiar with the challenges he faced while in school. According to Oladotun, 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.

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I breed chicken to pay my school fee - LASU overall best graduating student

Ola-Gbadamosi Ridwan Oladotun
Source: UGC

To assist his father financially, the graduate of engineering 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.

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“I remember using bandage to wrap their broken legs and a sipping straw to administer medicine 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.

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Going further, he said, "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 him 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.”

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.

Earlier in his convocation address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju A. Fagboun, noted that for the first time, the University graduated 57 first class students.

Meanwhile, a female student of the Federal University Of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), has graduated as the overall best student in the school.

The student identified as Jane Onyinyechi Ogwo graduated with a 4.90 Cumulative Grade Point Average.

The brilliant lady graduated with a first class degree from the department of maritime and management technology.

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