A Muslim, Ridwan Oladotun Ola-Gbadamosi, who emerged the overall best graduating student in the just concluded 23rd convocation of Lagos State University (LASU), has narrated a courageous story of how he had to do menial jobs to educate himself.
Ola-Gbadamosi, at the ceremony, held the audience spell bound with his story of breeding chickens before attending classes just to gather enough money for books and school fees.
The 22-year old Mechanical Engineering graduate, who made a cumulative grade point average, CGPA of 4.88/5 to emerge overall best graduating student, said in his valedictory speech that he was determined to succeed and therefore did not mind what he had to go through.
He disclosed that he lost his mother at age 12, expressed happiness that his achievement has wiped off all his hardship in school.
His words: “Precisely, I attended Federal Government College, Ijanikin in 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.
“I found for myself, an academic niche in my area of strength and interest.
“Hence, I decided to study Mechanical Engineering.
“With God’s guidance, this is how far my zeal has brought me.
“Worth mentioning is that the tuition for LASU engineering students as at 2013, which amounts to N284,750, was a big task, considering that two of my younger siblings were getting ready for tertiary education and my dedicated father had the onerous responsibility to shoulder our financial requirements.
“Meanwhile, my late mother, Mrs. Aishat Adejoke Ola-Gbadamosi died while I was 12 years old.”
“Eventually, my father was able to pay the full tuition, while I had to take charge of other associated obligations.
“In order to assist him financially, I decided to invest the cash prize I received at my secondary school Speech and Prize Giving Day in the production of 150 broilers which I successfully raised from day old chicks till maturity during the 2013 ASUU strike”.
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