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Hard Work Pays! UNILAG Gives Ayodele Dada Over 1 Million Naira for 5.0 GPA



UNILAG Graduates Ayodele Dada - 5.00 GPA, Temitope Aregbesola, Chinwe Ikwuazo with 4.68 GPA

UNILAG Graduates Ayodele Daniel Dada – 5.00 GPA, Temitope Aregbesola, Chinwe Ikwuazo with 4.68 GPA

The overall best student, University of Lagos (UNILAG) for the 2014/2015 academic session, Ayodele Daniel Dada won several cash prizes adding up to over one million Naira at the convocation ceremony yesterday – March 1 2016.

The 29-year-old Psychology graduate set a record for achieving the maximum 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the university – meaning he got all As in all courses throughout his time at school.

Ayodele talked about companies interested in hiring him, his personal life – including not having a girlfriend, and the secrets to his success.

About the money, he won eight awards from various categories, including the Vice Chancellor’s award for the best graduating student, worth 60o,000 Naira. He also got 500,000 Naira from the UNILAG Alumni Association, presented by its National President, Dr. Sunny Kuku, a deviation from their usual amount of N100,000. 100,000 Naira was awarded to Ayodele for each grade point average.

Ayodele also gave a valedictory speech to his fellow graduates and all present, as well as shared the secrets to his success with newsmen.

Ayodele has a lot of companies interested in hiring him,

“Many companies have been requesting for my services. I won’t mention them but there are three solid offers now and I am currently on an internship with a global multinational company,” he said.

Ayodele also stayed ahead by tutoring his peers, right from his first year,

“I did private tutoring for my colleagues and my juniors while in school and they paid me for it. It was useful for me even in my own academics. I got the advantages both academically and financially,”

Ayodele looked back at the time he spent in university fondly, saying he had a balanced life filled with normal student activities like going for parties, although he remained single,

“I was a social person throughout school. I attended birthday parties, cinemas, I had so many movies on my laptop and I was sharing them with my colleagues, as I was sharing notes as well.

“I have fond memories. I was the head of my final year planning committee for dinners, symposium, and was involved in a lot of other things. But I didn’t have a girlfriend.

“I had close friends but I did not want to have to deal with a lot of things at the same time. I was working and schooling. You don’t have to be a genius to get the results of a genius. Just target excellence always. The nation needs us. We must readily take direction for our lives.”

Source: The Nation | Photo Credit: Temitope Aregbesola Facebook


  1. in short

    March 2, 2016 at 11:42 am

    A gf is a distraction.

    B4 they will come and tell you that
    *you cant hold “an intelligent discuss” or
    *you cant “satisfy them in bed” or
    *you didnt buy them “val gift” or
    *didnt talk when you ought to talk or
    *why did you talk when you ought to be quiet
    *wasnt sensitive enough to know they had cramps
    *looked at another girl while walking with them
    *didnt call when you ought to call
    * you called when you shouldnt have called
    blal bla bla

    • Mamacita

      March 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      In short you made me laugh.

  2. ladyb

    March 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    yes. thank you, i think students should get handsome rewards every now and then its motivating

  3. AwkwardFromBirth

    March 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Africa is proud of you

  4. Debra

    March 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Brilliant guy! Well deserved!!

    Greatest Psychologist!!! I love Unilag!

  5. Pinkie

    March 2, 2016 at 11:56 am

    wow! Brilliant. 29.. it’s never how far but how well. so many juicy offers already. well done!!

  6. Ene

    March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Where is that over sabi Freeze?

  7. tee

    March 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    so happy for him…..

  8. Lush

    March 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Meager money compared to what is rewarded for mediocrity. Militants earn more than that. I expected more for him. This country though. *smh

  9. keke driver

    March 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    1 Million Naira minus 1 Naira equals what?
    Abegi what’s He supposed to do with that?.

  10. Olu

    March 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Really…u mean this guy doesn’t need TY Bello”s help??
    Some ‘people’ must be disappointed.

  11. Tosin

    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm


  12. confused graduate

    March 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Congrats Its not easy..I graduated recently but its a 2.2 am even thinking abt going back to skul….just a tot..does gpa matter ??? n I don’t think my parents can afford another 4 years

  13. Deola

    March 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Yes he has done exceedingly well graduating with a perfect CGPA of 5.0. But it is not the height of his success. He still has so much to attain so I do not believe the amount of money given him will adequately pay for his excellence. Therefore, his hardwork and academic excellence shouldn’t be reduced to just receiving cash prizes or human favours, it will definitely create opportunities for him to get much more than what he’s offered now.

  14. HMMM

    March 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    DID YOU GUYS MISS WHERE HE SAID HE’S DOING INTERNSHIP WITH A MULTINATIONAL COMPANY? or u forgot where he said he’s got 3 solid JOB offers. And all these before NYSC. This is just a starting point sir. Is Freeze(ADULT BABY) quiet now?!

    • Uche

      March 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Did you stop to think that maybe Freeze challenged the society?????

  15. Cocolette

    March 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    “You don’t have to be a genius to gt the results of a genius”!!! Something to think about right there.

  16. Bubu

    March 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Weldone Ayo! I hope to see you on This Day cover this Sunday. (Hi Freeze).

  17. Gold

    March 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    He is 29.He was a mature student .His ages mates are Managers in Multinationals already .He had his eye on the goal.However this is just the beginning.Theory is different from experience.
    I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

    • Duh

      March 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      What does his mates being managers have to do with this?! Redundant statement. Abeg scram ?

  18. Hawamercy

    March 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This is God! Not his natural ability alone for him to have his goal all,this is Great and Lovely

  19. happygogirl

    March 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Good, not like when they gave mybrilliant niece who was in kg one, ice bucket for being the best student in kg one. The next term they gave her wine! Hehehehehehehe, we laugh tire, we be expecting ice blocks this term

    • ireti

      March 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      @happygogirl, u made me role in laughter, and congratulation to Ayodele

    • Dee

      March 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      or wine opener

  20. Aderonke

    March 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Big big congrats Ayodele….may you keep shinning brighter! You have just reaffirmed to us that there is No age limit for success! well done bro

  21. johnnel

    March 2, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Well done bro u are my mentor sir.may God help u more and more

  22. Akaahan Terungwa

    March 3, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Dada is sure damn brilliant…

    However, what is noteworthy here are the answers he gave …it is instructive to note that focus and dedication are supremely necessary for results such as this.

    As we all wish Dada well, it is also important to remind ourselves that such results as this are easily within reach if the ‘formula’ is followed.

    Do make the day great!

    Akaahan Terungwa

  23. Esjay

    March 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    @confusedgraduate 2.2 is enough for God to start something in ur life. Hold on strong to d way maker, He’ll make a way for u. Peace! Congrats Ayo and Temitope!

  24. TP

    March 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Excellent…..he’s a role model for a generation distracted by so much social media and un-inspiring stuff. Job offers are great, and can help him achieve a normal standard of living, but he’s an exceptional scholar and has shown the potential of a future leader so should pursue bigger things like advancing his studies through scholarship. I believe his dedication can get him there.

  25. steve

    March 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    nice work Ayo, God wl bless u…. Africa is really proud of u….

  26. Christy

    March 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

    So proud of dat guy!
    He really made history, well done!
    M also proud 2 be a students of unilag and m also a surname-sake 2 dis guy sha!!!????

  27. sika

    April 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Wow i ‘m speechless

  28. Simon Godwin Idoko

    May 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Ayo, good Nigerians are proud of your achievement. I wish you the best!

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