With a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.74, a 29-year-old lady, Remilekun Orefunwa, was on Wednesday declared the best-graduating student of the 2015/2016 academic session of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.
Orefunwa, who is pregnant with her first child, was declared the overall best-graduating student by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, during the 21st convocation of the institution. .
In her remarks, Orefunwa said that she sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination seven times before gaining admission to study at LASU. She attributed her feat to resilience and a desire to make her father proud.
“I almost gave up after writing the UTME for seven years in a bid to gain admission into the university without success. I also applied to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, three times without success. .
But with encouragement from my dad and elder sister, I eventually gained admission to LASU in 2012 to study Accounting Education. My sister kept encouraging me and I started a professional career at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria during the long wait for admission. .
I qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2010. My advice to others is that they should never give up in the face of daunting challenges,” she said.