Adeolu Tope Akinbowa emerged the best overall graduating student in the just concluded 42nd convocation ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.


Akinbowa, a graduate of the faculty of Medicine, won eleven awards.

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.

The 3-day conferment of degrees for the 42nd convocation ceremony was presided over by Anthony Adebolu Elujoba, acting vice chancellor of the university.


Akinbowa was given his eleven awards on the second day of the event in the school’s amphitheater.

Meanwhile, Ijeamaka Gloria Nzekwe, a graduate from the faculty of Law, had earlier bagged 8 awards.

Nzekwe’s mother cried tears of joy as she made her way to the stage.


Adamu Rasheed, a representative of president Muhammadu Buhari, said the present administration is doing its best to provide jobs for the “teeming population of Nigerian youths”.

“Our efforts still need to be complemented by the private sector, as fresh graduates with invigorating ideas; you are encouraged to forward your proposals under the appropriate parastatals and agencies,“ he said.

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