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BellaNaija Celebrates Academic Excellence – Class of 2014: Boluwatife Awonaike



BellaNaija presents Celebrating Academic Excellence! Class of 2014. It’s graduation season and last month, we made a call for submission of entries. BellaNaija readers, it’s time to celebrate academic excellence. The idea is to have a platform to showcase graduating students who have excelled in their course of study. We acknowledge the fact that everyone who has graduated this year is a winner. We, therefore, want to celebrate people who have gone over and above the norm. People who have gotten meritorious distinctions and awards from their institution of study. We hope that you are inspired and we look forward to receiving more entries.

We’re kicking off this year’s edition with University of Lagos graduate Boluwatife Awonaike. The second child in a family of four, Boluwatife affirms that she is a strong believer in God. She describes herself as a simple person who likes to read novels, watch movies and listen to music.

Academic Journey
My education has been pretty good for as far back as I can remember. I know I used to get a lot of prizes in primary school. I also came out tops from my secondary school in 2008. I got into UNILAG through diploma. Ironically, I didn’t meet the cut off for my Post UME, I wasn’t fazed anyway because, my JAMB form was filled incorrectly, and getting in through UME would have resulted in me studying Microbiology when all I really wanted to study was Chemistry. So I did a diploma in Chemistry and here I am today with my BSc in Industrial Chemistry. I strongly believe that my love for Chemistry really aided my excellence in school.

Bumps Along The Way
Regardless of the 6 month hiatus last year caused by the ASUU strike which really bothered me and at a point I began to make me feel like my final semester would not be as good as previous ones.

Overcoming Against All Odds
With God’s help I was still able to pull through and get a perfect semester GPA of 5.00 for my final semester which elevated my CGPA to the 4.85 I finished with. Aside from my First Class Honours, I also graduated as the best student in the Department of Chemistry, the best student in the Faculty of Science and the overall best graduating female student in the University for the 2012/2013 session with a CGPA of 4.85/5.00.

The best overall student in the University (a guy) had a CGPA of 4.86, a difference of 0.01 from my CGPA. I believe I put in a good effort even if it fell a little bit short.
I was also the only first class graduate among the 36 students who graduated from the entire department of Chemistry.

Looking to the Future
I’m looking to get a Masters degree and possibly a PhD in Environmental Engineering. The environment is one of my many passions. I’d rather drop trash in my handbag than on the street. I wanna curb pollution in my own little way as time goes on.

Fun Fact
I love singing! I actually have a great voice. I could sing all day. I love dressing up, the higher my heels, the better! And I’m obsessed with the colour green.

If you want to be part of this inspiring and amazing feature or if you know someone who is part of the Class of 2014 who should be featured here, please send an email to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com. We look forward to reading from you and sharing your academic excellence.


  1. CHIKA

    June 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I was there live, I celebrated with you dear, congratulations on your achievements.

  2. Andie

    June 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Buh u didn’t say what school she attended

    • Sjaneviel from Suriname

      June 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      It says Unilag

  3. Gistyinka Blog

    June 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Congrats to her..

  4. Blossom

    June 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    This post could do with a few sprinkles of humility.

    • nadia81

      June 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Jealous much

    • Feelthesame

      June 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I agree with Blossom. She’s done amazing things but there isn’t a single statement there that implies humility.

      I wish her all the best with her career. Seems like she’s set for a great one.

    • Meme

      June 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Na I don’t think that is jealousy at all. But the simple truth. But still she has done very well congratulations!


    June 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Fantastic! Keep it up.

  6. pamela

    June 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Beauty and Brains. You are a true definition of a woman

    • me2me

      June 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Glad you know you are not. Mtchwww. Beauty and brains is awesome but its a naive statement to tag that as a true definition of a woman.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      June 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Ahn Ahn me2me do you know if pamela knows the chic personally? And besides if pamela thinks beauty and brains are the true definition of a woman is that not her opinion? Whats with the bile? Oya take cold coke, inugo

    • Wt?

      June 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Oh my days me2me you do sound jealous.. Take a chill pill. Congratulate and don’t hate.
      It is not a small feat that she accomplished..

    • Tosin

      June 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Maybe there are other “true definitions?” Is that what you’re trying to say? Say then.

  7. Sylvia

    June 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Congrats girl. Rock on. The sky is your starting point.

  8. Bimpe

    June 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    welldone hun, great work. continue to be an inspiration, the world needs more people like you

  9. Opeyemi

    June 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Well done… Beauty, style and brains!

    Unilag has got it 😉

  10. Toni

    June 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Congrats dear…Beauty+Brain…keep up the good work!!!

  11. Bee

    June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    congratulations …….i dont know you but am proud of you!!!!May God bless you as u start another phase in Life.

  12. Amaka

    June 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats girl!

  13. @edDREAMZ

    June 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Making sense, beauty and brains she garrit… Congrat gal….

  14. Mz Socially Awkward...

    June 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Well done, young star. I hope and pray that your future glows even brighter than you dream it’ll be. Keep working hard and don’t allow anything dissuade you from getting all the way to and past your goals.

  15. Jade

    June 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    In other news, Ms SA, I’m still waiting for my pepper soup o

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Ewo! I forgot my promise oh! And I’ve brewed it up on at least two more occasions since we last spoke on this “mata”… No vex, biko 🙂 You shall have double portion when your own turn comes around. Say a mighty “Amen!!!”.

  16. MOYO

    June 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Congratulations dear, I wish all the best in life, I am going to show this to my children to inspire them. Well done

  17. Idak

    June 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    May your light never fade.

  18. Chee

    June 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Oh dear,u are one genius with styletitude,am so luvin this,@nwanyi na aga aga,I always love ur comments….so hilarious!

  19. Murewa

    June 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Tife, my darling! Well done.

  20. yellowb

    June 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Congratulations!! i did laugh when she said she’d rather throw the trash in her bag than on the ground

  21. Olori Tari

    June 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    AWESOME !! Congrats girl.

  22. TMC

    June 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    congratulations. 4.85 GPA? that’s superb. I only wish you continued success.
    to the people who spoke about Humility, she acknowledged God in her studies.

  23. Radiant

    June 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Congrats, girl!

    We are definitely of kindred spirit on the ‘rather drop trash in my handbag than on the ground’.


    June 17, 2014 at 5:43 am

    A big congratulations to you! Beauty with brains!!

  25. Tosin

    June 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

    1. Tell me more about green!
    2. I am tripped that somebody LOVES Chemistry. When I was a kid, like JS2 – SS1 that was the love of my life, then I wanted to be a Chemist, then Industrial Chemist (bcos dad sais what will you do with Chemistry – hold chalk?), then Petroleum Engineer. Long story, I didn’t do Chemistry at first, but I hold chalk, sort of, as a teacher/lecturer (LOVE IT!) and right now I’m doing this coursera course on Physical Chemistry (everybody who doesn’t know any science should take it; or like if you have a cousin in senior secondary school or a future scientist).
    3. I’m also tripped that you like Environmental issues. Hearing that a bit nowadays from brilliant people, and I recently took some Coursera courses that made me think how some of the biggest questions – that would make possible the equitable, healthy, and smoothly operating world that I envision – relate to our management of the environment and resources like food, fuel, water…relating to housing, demography, energy, …
    4. Bonne chance. Have fun! Be all that you can be. You’re already a star. God forever bless you.

  26. Ms Anne

    July 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats to my Roomie of Life!!!…….lol
    This is Just the beginning of greater things in ur life IJN

  27. ApKX

    April 16, 2015 at 12:27 am

    BN She just won a fellowship at American Association of University women –

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