An incredible woman, Remilekun Orefunwa, has against all odds, become the best graduating student in the Lagos State University.
"I almost gave up after writing UTME for seven years."
Remilekun tried everything to get into University. She also applied to get into Obafemi Awolowo University thrice, but without success. According to her, she has her dad and elder sister to thank for the encouragement. While waiting to gain admission, she started a program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
"I qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2010." Her resolve to get a university education finally paid off in 2012.
"I eventually gained admission to study Accounting Education here in the Lagos State University in 2012."
Fast forward a few years later to the 22nd of March, 2017. Remilekun Orefunwa is the Valedictorian and Best Graduating Student of the 2015/2016 class by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun. She pulled this off with a CGPA of 4.74 out of 5.0.
Even more incredible is that the 29-year-old managed to do this, while being pregnant with her first child.
Remi was clearly the star of the show, even though it was a convocation ceremony of 36,489 students. With 25 others graduating with First Class Degrees too, the story of Remi is one that will be remembered for a long time.
Orefunwa, who is pregnant with her first child, was declared the overall best-graduating student by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, during the 21st convocation of the school.
A total 36,489 students graduated with diploma as well as first and higher degrees during the convocation. Aside from Orefunwa, who is a graduate of Accounting Education, 25 others emerged in the first class division.
Her advice to others?
"...never give up in the face of daunting challenges.”
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