Odubola Israel Damilola and Arowosegbe Michael Aderibigbe are the best graduating students of the Lagos State University for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions.
The former with Cumulate Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.60 is of the Department of Economics and his counterpart of the Biochemistry Department with 4.68 CGPA.
Aderibigbe was the cynosure of all eyes because of his grass-to-grace testimony. His valedictory speech moved the large crowd of guests to tears.
Aderibigbe’s dad was a member of contract staff of LASU security unit, that is tagged ‘Campus Marshall’. Sadly, the elder Aderibigbe was involved in an accident on campus, which made him almost bedridden.
Aderibigbe revealed how he kept his father’s identity for fear of being attacked.
“My dad had been here for about five years before I secured admission, but I could not tell my friends because I was afraid of being attacked. So I kept it a secret.
“I witnessed a protest in 100 Level, where my father was stoned. I could not cry.”
He recounted how his choice of LASU was accidental, having failed a couple of times to clinch admission to study Medicine and Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
His superb 287 Post-UTME score could not guarantee him a space in OAU.
But his persistent father urged him to settle for LASU, which he initially chose as second choice.
In spite of all the challenges, he worked hard and focused on his studies. At the end, it paid off for him.