Graduation day is important to most people. While some celebrate attaining the graduate status, others leave the convocation ground with an armful of prizes.


From the student who graduated with a perfect CGPA, to the duo who won 19 prizes on their convocation; these academic gems left their respective universities on a high note in 2016.

Here are some of them:

Yusuf Faidat, UNILORIN


Yusuf Faidat, a graduate of medicine from the University of Ilorin, won 19 prizes at her convocation.

She received 10 of the 12 prizes and scholarships provided for the best graduating students and cash prizes for being the ‘best graduating student’ in the department and faculty.

Faidat was the best student in the departments of behavioural sciences, pathology, community medicine, paediatrics and child health, medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology and surgery.


Pius Ojemolon, UNIBEN

Pius Ojemolon, a graduate of medicine of the University of Benin, also won 19 awards at his convocation ceremony.

Seven of Ojemolon’s 19 awards were from the university while 12 others were sponsored by well-meaning individuals and foundations.

Pius may be considering a career abroad for obvious reasons but also aims to add value to the community.


“It’s easy to say I want to travel abroad and continue my career there. But while that’s an option, there are also career opportunities in this country, so I’m still considering them,” he told TheCable Lifestyle.

Adeolu Akinbowa, OAU

Adeolu Akinbowa, another graduate of medicine, emerged the best overall graduating student at his convocation ceremony in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

Akinbowa won 11 awards at his convocation ceremony.


The awards include: Faculty prize, Olaniigbe Makanjuola Memorial prize, Nigeria Medical Association prize, Professor Adewale Akinsola Prize, Glaxo Allenbury prize, Paediatrics Association of Nigeria prize, Major General Olufemi Olutoye prize, Abimbola Kolawole prize, The Candido-Da-Rocha prize and Adekunle Okute prize.

Ayodele Dada, UNILAG

This 29-year-old ex-student of the University of Lagos graduated with a perfect CGPA of 5.0 from the department of Psychology.

This made him the best ever graduating student of the 54-year-old university. As a result, Dada enjoyed media attention and even got invited to the house of representatives, Abuja, a honour reserved for presidents and top government officials.


Winner Deji-Folutile, Covenant University

This 21-year-old ex-student of Covenant University graduated with a CGPA of 4.972 from the department of Architecture.

He is the first student from the department of Architecture to achieve such a feat in the university’s 14 years of existence.

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