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Reward For Hard Work: Tolulope Falokun, Student with Best Overall WASSCE Result & Top UTME Score Gets Scholarship



Despite the mass failure recorded by students in the recently released National Examinations Council (NECO) and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results, some students have distinguished themselves and continue to make the country proud with their exceptional performances.

One of them is Miss Tolulope Falokun, a former student of St. Louis College, Akure, Ondo state, who scored the best overall result in the 2011 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). She topped over a million students who sat for the same examinations, scoring A1 in all nine subjects she registered for. She went ahead to rank tops in the 2011 UTME scoring 290 and emerged as the second overall best student in the Post-UTME conducted by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with 336 marks.

As a reward for her hardwork, the Ondo State government yesterday awarded her a scholarship to study Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University for doing the state proud as the overall best student in the 2011 WASSCE.

Apart from the full scholarship, she would also benefit from the state government’s annual bursaries and other packages provided for Law students both in the University and the Law School.

Miss Falokun’s achievement is indeed a breath of fresh air coming after the public outcry that followed the release of the NECO and UTME results.

In the recently released 2012 UTME results, only 49.64% of the 1.5 million candidates that sat for the examination scored 200 and above, with only three candidates scoring 300 and above out of the total mark of 400.

Similarly, just about 10% of NECO’s 104,187 candidates obtained credits and above in five subjects including English and Mathematics. And in the 2011 WASSCE, only about 30% of the candidates got up to five credits including English and Mathematics.

I wish Miss Falokun the very best as she steps into the University. She has certainly done the nation proud.


News Source: Tribune

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. LPS

    April 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Congrats dear. well done

  2. sassy diva

    April 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    a breath of fresh air indeed . a big congratulations dear. keep shining

  3. Chibuzo

    April 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, really thrilled. I pray God aids her keep up the focus.

  4. Fatimah

    April 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! Overall best in both WAEC and UTME? 9 As in all subjects. Kudos! definitely not beans.

  5. Deiz

    April 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    wow! congrats. really proud of u girl.

  6. Pearl

    April 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wishing her all the best in her endeavours

  7. Seun

    April 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    A girl as bright as this should e giving a scholarship to one of the top universities in the world jare. Abi does the Ondo State Governor himself have his children schooling in OAU Ife? Mtchieew

    • rogotigi

      April 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      my thoughts exactly… this calls for a higher n better reward

    • Zara

      April 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Abi oh! Nigerian university has nothing to offer her, it will only diminish and frustrate her intelligence.

  8. Derek

    April 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    She deserves more than that

  9. bee

    April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    wow,all d best dear in life ahead.congrats.and kip the flag flyin

  10. tj

    April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    congrats dear.keep the flag flying

  11. me

    April 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    very proud of u dear,more grace.

  12. modupe

    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats. May u continue to do well

  13. some where in abuja

    April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    A genius,Congrats girl.

  14. madman

    April 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Congrats girl.

  15. Miss Sarcasm

    April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Way to go girl,,,stay humble…Godbless

  16. u

    April 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    dis is no beans… congrats gal. abeg mk der no delay ha scholarship ooo.

  17. detola

    April 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    dis is really beautiful.pls dn’t lose focus ooo.
    all d best girl!

  18. tee

    April 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Our universities no be am again o, she is havard material if u ask me, she even qualifies for ivy league scholarships, can any reasonable person around her give proper counseling?*sigh*

    • tosynero

      April 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      abi oooo,she deserves a better university scholarship

  19. janet

    April 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    wish you the best dear

  20. Iphy

    April 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Congrats dear!!! Funny no one has posted anything yet. At least to felicitate with her. We all have got to refocus on our priorities. I know how many posts I would read where it a fashion show or something else. Most of us Nigerians have lost interest in Education

  21. Hadassah

    April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    aww…lovely news! Congrats Wizlady 😉

  22. folake

    April 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    u go gurl ,u are really gud ;all d best

  23. oyda

    April 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    great news for her

    I really think the low scores might not be a reflection of just “poor student performance”.
    the whole quality of education and methods should be revised ASAP : teaching styles, teachers qualification, teaching curriculum, expectation on students, AMONGST OTHER THINGS

    if only 3 people or so scored above 300 surely the problem may lie elsewhere

  24. pynk

    April 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    More to her elbow. To the person that said she should get a scholarship to the best university in the world, i disagree. She passed Nigerian exams and is being sponsored by a Nigerian state govt, it should be kept in the country unless the facilities are explicitly not available.

  25. SOBIX

    April 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    UP S.L.A!!!. l’m proud of you girl .l am a product of St Louis Girls Akure,1999 set.l know the level of discipline,moral and hard work the teachers instill on those people u believe nothing good can come out of government school,pls have a rethink.either u are in private or public school,success depend on student’s determination and hard work

  26. clementine

    April 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    That’s all well and good but i think what should be addressed is the obvious inability by the students taking the exam if one person seems to be shining 0ut of tens of thousands- what does that say about the state of education? that should be addressed as well.

  27. udy

    April 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    congrats girl….nice one

  28. Brownsugah

    April 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  29. Zara

    April 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    That’s a smart girl! Congrats to her! But why is she studying law in Nigeria? That’s just a waste of her smartness.

  30. Titi

    April 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations. Great feat you achieved there. I however advise you travel to US to further your studies. Withyour achievement,you will definitely get a full scholarship. As much as it pains me to write this, the Nigerian education system does not have mich to offer – what with strikes, out-dated curriculum and unnnecessary politics.

  31. Miracle

    April 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Congrats gurl…..D higher u go,d tougher it bcomes…so be more hardworking!! U cn stl be among d best lawyers in da world despite where u studied…kip it up!

  32. Simi

    April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    yay! Ondonian for life, me likey!

  33. Titi

    April 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    she is better off studying outside of nigeria at this stage. How many strikes will that ondo university to on in 4 yrs before she graduates

  34. kay

    April 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Waoh u make my state proud,ride on and make sun shine more

  35. winner

    April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Congrats dear, why are you all saying she should go study abroad haba now… am sure all of you went to “study” abroad and never came back abeg let the girl stay in 9ja study and put her genius to good use in her home country jare. The sky is your limit

  36. Light

    April 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    One. why do the wizkids choose OAU Ife, Two. that Uni has a way of making the best overall Nigerian student rethink that position…LOL Great Ife!

  37. Titi

    April 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Tolulope FRokun, i hope you read this comment. You can go to USIS (united states information services) at 2, walter carrington street , victoria island lagos on any wednesday from 9.00 am. They will help you with get admission and full scholarship into one of the best US universities. They will pay for you exams and application fees because of your brilliant performance. I beg you in Jesus’ nane DO NOT GO TO ANIGERIAN UNIVERSITY. Okonjo-iweala can compete for world bank president partly because of her HARVARD education.

  38. molarah

    April 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    This just gladdens my heart. I can’t remember the last time I heard of anyone getting 9 A1s – this silver lining in our dark clouds means there is still hope for this generation. Keep on shining wherever you go. And for peeps complaining about the “locality” of the scholarship, abeg not all naija universities have gone to the gutters. I believe (and pray!) she will make the best of her stay in OAU. Good job girl!

  39. Madun

    April 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    hahahha considering how many olodos who pay their way to enter Ife, its an insult that she gets a free ride to rub shoulders with awon olodos…i hope they dont rub off on her

  40. Andrew

    April 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    this is beautiful, i admire you young lady, keep the flag flying

  41. Solobizzy

    April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats Girl! I receive of that brilliance

  42. Asuku Dorcas

    April 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Wish you the very best in life Tolu.

  43. tihejii

    April 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    chei, dem too dey strike for OAU. please go somewhere else if you want to graduate on time.

  44. Babe Again

    April 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Honestly, I agree with Titi’s comment. Please do not study in Nigeria as there isnt much to be offered. I’ll keep saying GOD BLESS AMERICA abeg. Naija bawo…Ife Bawo…

  45. NNENNE

    April 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Beauty and brain!Way to go,dear. Congratulations!

  46. fokasibe

    April 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’m so glad for her but I agree with the people who say she should look higher than this. Nigerian Universities diminish one’s natural abilities. FACT. The lecturers here are mostly a sadistic, perverted, myopic, frustrated and incompetent lot who care nothing for grooming talent such as Tolulope’s. Please anyone who knows her should tell her to do her utmost to get out of this country at least for quality education and return after she’s done, if she likes that is. She has surely earned it! Thanks.

  47. christy

    April 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Goose pimple all ova my body,for d crazy african. Men who stil feel regret givin birth 2 a female child….I ve notin much 2 say

  48. Chioma

    April 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Keep it up, Congrats dear.

  49. Joy

    April 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Wow, congrats to her. Intelligent young lady, who has a bright future ahead of her. I hope they can help her get a full scholarship to study in one of the best universities here. California alone has good options. God bless her.

  50. chinwe

    April 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Congratulations. You have shown all the high brow schools that “it is not the robe that makes the monk”

  51. dada, kayode o.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

    may the Lord help you achieve every bit of your goals…
    pls and pls, do keep the flag flying…
    the Lord is your strength.

  52. Ayomikun Ojueromi

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so proud of you, friend! Hope to see her soon as a Barrister… Just keep d flag flying

  53. funke ijose

    June 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Congrats dear, U make me so proud 2 be an ex-student of Saint Louis Akure(2003 set) and to be an Ondo-state indigene. I pray that The Lord guides U in d right path, whatever decisions U take shall be 2 ur advantage and to the Glory of God. Keep shining Star-girl. NB- we really are brilliant in Ondo state!!!

  54. Femi

    September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Wow,u are a genius.congrats and kip it up

  55. bayo

    September 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    congrats tolu; u have a very bright future keep shining and stay focused.

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