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57 Year Old Grandpa, Aderemi Alli bags First Class Degree in Law from University of Ibadan



A 57 year old grandfather, Aderemi Alli has bagged a first class degree in Law from the University of Ibadan, Oyo state. He was among the 21 first class graduates produced by the institution at its convocation ceremony held today in Ibadan.

Alli who had his first degree in Economics Education 31 years ago and has his last child studying Electrical Engineering in the same University was not deterred by criticisms regarding his age. He was among the three first class graduates produced by the institution’s Faculty of Law.

At the convocation ceremony, he told journalists that he was motivated to study law because many of his schoolmates had become Senior Advocates of Nigeria. “I feel I can still participate in the society in spite of my age,” he said. “I am using this medium to advise others that they can do it, if I can do it.”

The university graduated a total of 1,582 students for the 2011/2012 academic session with 243 graduating in Second Class (Upper Division) and 920, Second Class (Lower Division). A total of 135 of the students graduated with Third Class and 203 with Pass.

I am using this medium to advise others that they can do it, if I can do it“…  Such inspiring words.  A first class degree in Law from a premium University must have been no mean feat. Congratulations Sir! I pray you achieve all that you have set out for in all you endeavours. With your resilience, you have shown that there is no age limit to dreaming, setting goals and achieving success.

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. Oma

    November 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm


  2. Cilla James

    November 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    WOW!!!!!!! I am inspired.

  3. Okhueleigbe Edison

    November 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    #LuckHim…why ddnt he come to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma..make em come get like 3rd class,or max. a 2.2grade. Lol.
    #Ekpoma..Rugged school.

    • akin

      November 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      #just saying.Please make sure you can spell correctly, before you type nonesene about an old man’s achievement next time, ok?

    • somebody

      November 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm


    • Ari L.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:00 am


  4. Miss T

    November 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Congrats …. Kai 1st class in law. I duff my hat for u….. At 57 you are still young, wish you the best.

  5. Andy

    November 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    truly inspiring……….

  6. Tosin

    November 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Nice. Smile on my face. I wish him many lovely years to use the degree.

  7. Adedoyin

    November 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm


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    November 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Just shows that it is never too late to make a change in life

  9. R

    November 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Impressive and then some! congrats!!

  10. igbo canadian

    November 16, 2012 at 5:16 am

    it’s stories like this that keep me going

  11. Goodnessme!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations. Just goes to show you Education is for evryone at any age the sky is the Limit. Mature students are nothing new.

  12. HRS

    November 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations Sir, Well done!!! I dof my hat in respect for u!

  13. Adeori Omoba

    November 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Its Never Too Late To Start Over… “Everyday Is Another Chance”…#Inspired

  14. pretty

    December 22, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I’m so proud of you grandpa. If i was your grand daughter i would have bought you a plate of chips and chicken..lols!
    All in all well done!:)

  15. Edesiri Enovwo

    July 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Bagging a first class degree in Law is not a mean feat at any age. I say am impressed and I hope to emulate him. God bless you.

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