Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:34 am
Ayodele Daniel Dada, the University of Lagos graduate who broke records by scoring a perfect CGPA of 5.0 has revealed that he did not have a girlfriend while in school.
In his valedictory speech, Dada said :“I have fond memories. I was the head of my final year planning committee for dinners, symposium, and was involved in a lot of other things. But I didn’t have a girlfriend.”
He said being the best was not only about reading books, but having a balanced life and surmounting impossibilities.
“I was a social person throughout school. I attended birthday parties, cinemas, I had so many movies on my laptop and I was sharing them with my colleagues, as I was sharing notes as well.
“I had close friends but I did not want to have to deal with a lot of things at the same time. I was working and schooling. You don’t have to be a genius to get the results of a genius. Just target excellence always. The nation needs us. We must readily take direction for our lives.”
The 29 year-old graduate was the centre of attraction at the University on Tuesday as he carted away many prizes.
He won eight awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s award for the best graduating student, worth N600 000. He also got N500 000 from the UNILAG Alumni Association, which was presented by the National president, Dr Sunny Kuku.
Kuku, who announced the award while admitting the new graduands into the alumni association, said the body rewarded him with N100, 000 to represent each CGPA he attained, adding up to N500, 000, as against the association’s usual N100, 000 cash prize to the best graduating student as well as a plaque.
With his excellent academic records, Dada has also become in hot demand by multinational companies, head hunting for talents.
He said has been approached by many companies, three of them multinationals.
He is also working at the moment as an intern in one of the firms.
Dada, who was thrilled by the awards, expressed profound gratitude to the institution for its support.
Being the top of his class from his first year, he said he used the opportunity to teach his peers and younger ones as much as he could and eventually got paid for his tutoring services.
“I give glory to God and I understand that it took a lot to get here. I am proud of all the people who were part of my success story. I also feel the weight of the responsibility that this achievement bequeaths on me.
“I did private tutoring for my colleagues and my juniors while in school and they paid me for it. It was useful for me even in my own academics. I got the advantages both academically and financially,” Dada said.
*Adapted from The Nation