27 May 2016

Security Guard’s Son Emerges Best Graduating Student in LASU With a 4.86 CGPA

Michael Arowosegbe, the son of a contract security man, has emerged the best overall graduating student at the 20th convocation of the Lagos State University, on Wednesday, 25th, 2016. The 24-year-old valedictorian who is from Oyo State, graduated with a first class in Biochemistry, beating over 17,000 other candidates with a 4.86 CGPA.

Speaking at the ceremony, Arowosegbe shared his journey, how much his parents struggled to put him through school, watching his father get stoned during a 2011 protest in the school, and having to emerge the best against all odds.

According to PUNCH, here’s what he said:

Many of my friends and colleagues never knew that [my father] once worked as a contract staff, attached to the Campus Marshal. I witnessed a students’ protest while in 100 level, where he was stoned. I could not cry.

As if that was not enough, another incident occurred on November 9, 2012, which changed my father’s life to this day. He had an accident on a bike, while on duty on campus, where he hit his head and back against the university gate. He could not move any of his limbs initially.

Some even thought that was the end of him, and that it might affect my academics because there was no succour from the appropriate authorities. But, glory be to God, he is recuperating and I am today a graduate.

I reluctantly chose LASU as my second choice in 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and I almost ignored the post-UTME that year because I had already written that of OAU, where I scored 278. So, I thought with that score, together with a UTME score of 287, I was on my way to study Medicine and Surgery, so I felt the Biochemistry I chose in LASU was to fulfil all righteousness. Today, look at where that choice has brought me.”

His story has moved many Nigerians.

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