… Awarded 5 Million Naira by the Lagos State Governor
The best graduating student at Lagos State University for the 2016/2017 academic session, Fuhad Adetoro Ogunsanya has revealed that he experienced failure long before excelling.
He was giving his speech on Wednesday at the University’s 22nd Convocation Ceremonies where he said that his first take of the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) dealt him enough blows of F9’s to inhibit him from his instant admission into tertiary institution.
Mr Ogunsanya, who graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.78, is from the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences.
He also narrated how cataract precluded his academic success at the SSCE level, and how he lost three years till he was eventually healed at the University College Hospital, Ibadan following months of several therapies.
In his words, “I suffered inferiority complex due to inherited cataract in one of my eyes.
“This defect went on till I reached secondary school. My WAEC and NECO results were well decorated with F9. After the scathing experience, my uncle and his wife went helter-skelter to find a permanent solution to this major defect.
“We visited several hospitals before we finally proceeding to the University College Hospital (UCH) in 2011, after several months of many tests and therapies. Another surgery was carried out and to the glory of God, it was successful.
“The challenge then was how to catch up on the lost time. I had to start afresh like someone who had not attended secondary school after 3 years.
“I am standing before you all today as an achiever. Indeed, I’m the definition of when there is life, there is hope.”
Aside from the ceremonial cash prize of 100,000 naira given to him, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode awarded him an additional 5 million naira and a special offer to proceed with his Masters Degree in any university of choice in the world.
Earlier in his speech declaring the ceremonies open, the Chancellor of LASU, Justice George Adesola Oguntade highlighted the ingredients of success that every graduant should imbibe to include integrity, courage, facing their fears, embracing every opportunity to collaborate, broadening their knowledge through books, and enjoying what they do.
EduCeleb.com had earlier reported that during the 22nd Convocation Ceremonies, a total of 29,710 were graduating.
Among these are 210 diploma graduates holders, and 21481 first degree holders. At the postgraduate level, 7, 982 hold a
Masters degree while 46 are PhD graduates.