Ayodele Daniel Dada has been in the limelight since he made history as the first student to graduate from the University of Lagos with a 5.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). His lecturers and colleagues have been reacting to his feat, which he says he achieved “by setting small goals of doing well each semester.” He promises many more to come report KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE and OLUWATOYIN ADELEYE.
Since he made history as the first student with the best result ever at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ayodele Daniel Dada, 29, has been on the centre stage.
The 29-year old scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.00 to emerge the institution’s overall best graduating student for the 2014/2015 academic session.
Dada graduated on Tuesday; he was showered with praises and awards for his feat.
He bested all others who also made first class. Five were from his department, Psychology and 177 from other departments.
Getting to that height was not easy. Dada said he set his eyes on the goal to prove whether indeed it was achievable. He said he achieved it by setting small goals of doing well each semester.
“I remember when I started Psychology somebody said it is impossible to get a 5.00 in a university. And then I said ‘let’s test how strong that impossibility is’. That is not to say that I am the most courageous person in the world but I believe in testing the resolve of impossibility. Let’s see how strong they have earned the right to remain; let’s test their will to survive,” he said.
For his feat, the Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof Rahamon Bello, described Dada as “the wonder boy” during Tuesday’s convocation. He congratulated him on “setting a record for others to meet”.
Prof Solomon Akinboye, Dean of Postgraduate School, and Prof Samuel Iyiola Oni, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, acknowledged that Dada must have worked hard to earn the score.
Underscoring the achievement, Akinboye said: “This person has broken a record, not only in the faculty but in UNILAG by making 5.0. This means ‘A’s all through – including the GS courses, so it is monumental,” he said.
Oni said Dada brought honour and fame to him as dean, the department, and others. “It is not an easy task. There must have been an element of hard work,” he said.
While many are praising Dada’s achievements, others are skeptical about the possibility of making the perfect score. Some lecturers admitted that the university may have produced a 5.00 point result even before now – if their colleagues had not stopped it.
Prof Ibinabo Agiobu-Kemmer, Head of Psychology Department, said some people within the university wanted to dampen her excitement by claiming that Dada might have been helped by his lecturers. She said he was only noticed to be on the road to 5.00 after his third year in the university. She praised the lecturers of the department and others who taught Dada outside the department for not stopping the feat, unlike elsewhere.
She said: “One person in church instead of congratulating me said people were saying that we didojoro (cheated). How can we? All of us stumbled on the 5.0, I think after their third year – even in the Board of Studies I think – and I said ‘wow, here is somebody scoring 5.0.’ And all of us differently… we did not know. I want to thank my colleagues and teachers in the department of Psychology that you saw excellence and rewarded it and appropriately graded it.
“Ayodele, you are not the first that would attain this. I have heard of one or two other candidates who were very close. But some lecturers gave them a B. The lady said, ‘no but I got an A in this course.’ But the lecturer said: ‘You want to get everything?’ Even in the last one year, when we all discovered, we were praying that he would make it. I am sure they have checked to see whether we made a mistake somewhere.”
Prof Omololu Soyombo of Sociology Department and former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences said the Psychology Department should be lauded for encouraging Dada, and for being an example to others if they find students that are brilliant.
“I want to commend the Department of Psychology and the staff. They should be examples to us all,” he said.
To his fellow graduands, Dada’s achievement transcends the normal. Many told The Nation during the convocation that he had to be super human to have achieved A grades in all his courses from first year till graduation.
Adetomiwa Adewumi of Linguistics Department said he must have been helped by the Almighty.
“To me, he is not an ordinary person because studying in this school is not easy. To be at the top of the class like that is also not easy. I am sure he put God first and that was why he achieved it because it was not just by his efforts but God’s.”
Dada’s classmate, Olalekan Sulaimon, said he learnt from his achievement that anything is possible.
“I learnt from Ayo’s achievement that impossibility is nothing. Anything is possible. He is a social person to a reasonable extent. Seventy per cent of his time is devoted to his studies and the remaining 30 per cent he split among various social and spiritual aspects. He is always ready to teach people and he gets very happy when the person he is teaching understands.”
Benita Ebule, who graduated from Philosophy Department, said Dada must have been committed to his studies.
“It is not easy to graduate from this university, not to talk of having ‘A’s all through. I admire him so much. I wish him all the best. He must have been committed to his studies as well as determined,” she said.
Another Philosophy graduate, Alabi Iyabo, said of the feat: “I am very happy for him. For the fact that he broke the record is amazing. I am overwhelmed by it. 5.0 is not small. I don’t know him personally but he must have been highly focused.”
His peers may think of him as a genius. But Dada said his challenges while in school were not just restricted to making good grades. He described his story as one full of ups and downs.
For instance, he constantly fought a battle at the home front for choosing a course not favoured by his parents.
“I wasn’t always the best academically while growing up but I was always among the best. There were many challenges, financial and otherwise. My family was not always on good terms with me. I was not always seen as the best child or the one they were always proud of in my family. For example, a course like Psychology is not well-known or recommended, and most parents want their children to do things that are main stream like engineering, law, medicine, etc. So when I told my parents I wanted to study psychology, it took a lot of efforts to convince them that this is what I want to do and I can do it well,” Dada said.
Choosing to study Psychology was something Dada did because he was fascinated about the mind and how people think, and not just to get into school. He even turned down his first admission to study Engineering because of it.
He said: “All through my life, I have been fascinated about how people think and I realised that once I enter any book store, the first thing my eye catches would be a book on or related to Psychology. I cared about the mind and I could be devoted to those books for hours, when others would have got tired of it. So that informed my choice of studying psychology.’’
Just like he tested the impossibility of making 5.00 as a student, Dada is ready to test a lot of norms in the society as a professional.
“Conformity is a terrible thing when you allow it to guide you. Conformity never breeds excellent people. You must be ready to do things differently and see the world in a different view from others. You will have opposition but if you are ready to make the necessary sacrifices, challenge what everyone says is impossible, test the result of impossibilities, ask questions and always listen, you will get it right. Listen, focus and be ready to learn from anybody. When I ask my colleagues to explain things to me sometimes, they would feel they are not in the position to but I let them know that I can learn from them too,” he said.
Lady buys carton of indomie with COVID-19 sticker in Akwa Ibom
A Nigerian lady has lamented over the insensitivity of some Nigerians who go about selling what rightfully belongs to the citizens of the country.
In a Facebook post, the lady, Inemesit Green-Nathaniel said she bought a carton of Indomie and removed a new sticker found on it. It turned out to be a covid-19 sticker, stating that the indomie is not for sale.
To her utmost surprise, after removing the “indomitable” sticker, she found COVID19 sticker, underneath it.
“I don’t really know what took my mind to this pack of indomie in my house, I decided to remove this new sticker from it, lo and behold at the back of it I saw Covid 19, Not for sale.
So all this while I have been buying my own right? So if you are looking for warehouse in Akwa ibom, our own palliatives has been sold out to us. HOW HEARTLESS CAN PEOPLE BE?”, She lamented.
Lekki Toll Gate Future Proceeds Should Go To Victims Of Police Brutality: Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state has stated that the future proceeds from Lekki toll gate be donated to victims of late endSARS protest in Lagos.
The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Read his statement below;
“Today, I speak to those who believe in the importance of, and want to know, the truth,” Tinubu said.
“The slander aimed at me is based on the untruth that I own the toll gate concession. The hate mongers prevaricate that I ordered the Lekki assault because the protests had caused me to lose money due to the interruption of toll gate activity,” Tinubu said.
“The toll gate is a public asset. Given what has happened, I would like to propose to the government that the toll gate be left closed for an indefinite period.
“If it is reopened, revenues should be donated to the confirmed victims of the Lekki attack as well as to other identifiable victims of police brutality in Lagos.
“Let government use the money to compensate and take care of those who have lost life or limb in the struggle for all citizens to go about the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of life without fear of undue harassment at this or that checkpoint,” he said.
“Although equipped with prior notice of the imminent trespass, I did not call anyone to seek or request for the army or police to deploy let alone attack, kill, or injure those who razed and vandalized these properties.
“I did not want any bloodshed. These elements, mostly hirelings of my political opponents, wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities and I thank God that the employees of these two media institutions managed to escape largely unharmed,” he said.
”In good opinion, it is illogical that he allowed damage to his investments but ordered: “soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the toll gate where I have no financial interest”.
“Why would I be so moved as to instigate the army to attack peaceful, law-abiding people at the toll gate where I have no pecuniary stake, yet lift not a single finger to stop hired miscreants bent on setting fire to these important media investments?”.
Looted COVID-19 palliatives were meant for widows in Ikorodu – Lawmaker
Lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Sanai Agunbiade aka SOB, has reacted to the invasion of his home in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
The majority leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly said the looted covid-19 palliative were meant to be shared to 50 selected widows on his birthday.
Information Nigeria recalls that an irate mob invaded the lawmaker’s house, ransacking the lawmaker’s wardrobe and that of his wife and children, thus carting away with food items and personal belongings.
His statement reads:
The violent attack on my house: Thank you Ikorodu.
To God be the glory that the violent attack on my house on friday 23rd October, and the massive destruction of everything therein did not record any fatalities.
I got intelligence reports of the plan to exterminate me early enough, but I took it as unfounded rumours. Moreso, I was not ready to have security operatives around lest lives be lost. I trusted in God’s plan for my life.
But to those that masterminded and sponsored the carnage for nothing other than political vendetta, I say ‘thank you.’ We know ourselves in Ikorodu, but God reigns supreme. God will repay every hands involved in the attack in appropriate proportion.
I am happy to be alive to witness the 2020 anniversary of my birthday on Sunday 25th October. The plan of detractors to delete me before my bithday has failed. To God be the glory.
Let it be noted that at the peak of covid 19 pandemic, I personally distributed palliatives to my constituents more than three (3) times at my personal expense and recently, my team also shared palliatives to very indigent residents of Ikorodu. All these and many more of efforts aimed at taking care of my constituents are public knowledge as we have a way of ensuring open nomination of beneficiaries.
And for my bithday on 25th October 2020, I have sent out, through my Media Team, notice of my intention to give support to 50 widows who have already been nominated by different groups in a programme christianed Widows Mite for Widows and also distribute to some vulnerable and indigent individuals across the three local councils of my constituency, some palliative materials donated by the state and federal governments, as well as myself. Those are the materials stolen from my house yesterday. Alhamdullilah.
My service to Ikorodu since my teenage years up to this present time is already treasured by posterity and remain immutable. God knows I do not deserve the treatment meted on me by the perpetrators of this politically motivated attack and their sponsors, but I seek solace in God.
It is a truism that no one will attack the property of a mad man, but people of reckoning always suffer vilification. The barbaric event of friday is though shocking but like a dolphin which is happy even in the middle of giant waves and horrible storm, I am stable and my faith in the mercy and grace of God is very fat.
For certain the looters are not #Endsars protesters because the youth in Ikorodu engaged in very peaceful and well coordinated protest. The perpetrators of the attack on my house are group of assailants on a mission targeted at my life. They stole my certificates and travelling passports of my family. They emptied my wardrobe and that of my wife and went with other valuables…pure broad day robbery! But we thank God.
Nigerian politics is indeed very profitable! Ikorodu you have done well for me, I thank you.
For all of these, I thank God for the preservation of lives. I thank God for his infinite mercies and grace.
SOB will not go down, no matter how much they try because God is my armour. Whatever the situation, Ise Oluwa n tesiwaju insha Allah!
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