‘I wrote JAMB seven times’ – LASU’s best graduating student

Mrs. Elizabeth Orefuwa, an expectant mother, was the centre of attention at the 21st convocation of the Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday.

She is the best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.74 in Accounting Education.

Besides Shobowale Olumide Adekunle, the best graduating student in the Faculty of Engineering, others were women.

Lawal Amidat Abiola topped the Faculty of Law; Oshikomaya Christy Kemi led the School of Transport.

Oduntan Saidat Abimbola and Bello Adebola Oluwadamilola topped the School of Communications and College of Medicine.

Herietta Ugwoma led the Faculty of Social Sciences; Oyerinde Faith Temilola shone at the Faculty of Science.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Lanre Adigun Fagbohun, said there were 36,481 graduating students.

Delivering her convocation speech, Orefuwa recalled how she sat for JAMB six times before she secured admission in 2012.

Orefuwa, who is also a chartered accountant, said but for her father’s insistence that she acquire university education, she had almost given up since she had become an Associate Accountant in 2010.

“When I eventually secured admission to LASU, my aim was not to be the best graduating student. I just wanted to satisfy my dad’s yearning.

“The journey through the institution was not easy; it took me seven years of writing the UTME before I finally gained admission in 2012.

“I also applied for direct entry three times at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“During this period of waiting, I started professional career at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) in 2007 and became qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2010,’’Orefuwa said.

She said she wanted to study accounting but fate brought her to education, adding that she enjoyed  it and never dreamt of coming out with a first class and becoming the best student.

Orefuwa said her marriage at the beginning of her final year and the pregnancy did not affect her academic performance.

“I had a CGPA of 4.72 before marriage and I graduated with 4.74.

“I got married during my final year in 2015 and my husband was very supportive throughout that period.’’



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