Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun state, has gifted a house and the sum of N5 million to Joy Adesina, the best graduating medical student at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).


Kunle Somorin, chief press secretary to the governor, announced the gifts in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the governor also gave joy a medical scholarship for her residency programme at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

At a reception organised in honour of the student, Abiodun described Joy’s achievements as “an accomplishment, a rare feat that most of her peers can only dream of.”


The governor, who also spoke about Joy’s feat via his Facebook page, said the gesture was in line with his administration’s vision to celebrate excellence.

“We did this, not just because it is the right and honourable thing to do having made the promise, but also because we are a promise-keeping administration,” he added.

“But more importantly, we celebrate Miss Adesina because she is a daughter of the soil. She is from our own Ogun State and she has made us proud. In Ogun State we are the leader in education in Nigeria. We are the education capital of Nigeria.”


Joy is a niece to Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

TheCable Lifestyle had reported how she snagged 10 distinctions to emerge OAU’s overall best graduating medical student in history.

Joy had distinctions in surgery, community health, obstetrics and gynecology; paediatrics and child health; dermatology, mental health, pharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology.

She also bagged nine other top awards which include the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) prize for which she emerged as the student with the overall best result in the M.B.Ch.B degree examination.


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