Thursday, May 14, 2015
A FAMILY OF FIRST CLASS GRADUATES
Written by JOSEPH ESHANOKPE
Atinuke Adigun was one of the First Class graduates
at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) convocation.
This achievement may have stunned many who do
not know her family history. She was only following
in the footsteps of the father and brother. JOSEPH
•Son, daughter follow dad’s footsteps
For members of Adiguns family in Osogbo Local
Government Area of Osun State, academic
excellence runs in their genes. About 31 years ago,
the family head, Mr Supo Adigun, was the best
graduating student in the Economics Department of
former University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo
University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. He made a
Last year, Adigun’s son, Olanrewaju, finished from
the Computer Engineering Department of the
University of Lagos (UNILAG) with a First Class.
This year, Olanrewaju’s sister, Atinuke, 21, followed
in their footsteps. She graduated with a First Class
in Economics at UNILAG convocation about two
Atinuke was among the 10 First Class graduates in
the Economics Department. Her Cumulative Grade
Point Average (CGPA) was 4.68.
At the convocation held at the Multipurpose Hall,
Atinuke, along with other First Class graduates,
received the school honour for excellence. She was
also given a presidential handshake by the
representative of President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof
Jerry Gana, who chairs of the UNILAG Governing
The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Rahamon Bello,
described the First Class graduates as the
institution’s shining stars. Atinuke said she felt on
top of the world by the discription.
She recalled her encounter with the VC: “It was
nice; it was the first time I would meet the VC. This
makes me happy that my achievements could take
me far. Hearing those words of encouragement
from the head of the school, I was touched and felt
on top of the world.”
The feat, Atinuke said, is humbling. Her inspiration,
she said, is her father, adding that her journey to
academic excellence started in 2010 when she was
admitted into the university. She was 16 and the
only thing she could hope for was excellence.
“I prayed to God to give me the grace to finish on
top of my class. I worked towards it by studying
hard for it,” she said.
But did she burn the proverbial midnight candle?
“No,” she said, adding: “I made a First Class by
prioritising my time for reading and other
engagements. But I dedicated more time during the
day for reading. I also attended professional
seminars. They made me to be more focused and
helped me in achieving my goals.”
For Atinuke, the feat was not easy to come by. She
faced challenges like her colleagues, especially in
final year when she was under pressure to
complete her project and participate in class work.
Besides, a newly-introduced course, Econometrics,
was a tough subject she had to pass.
What is Atinuke’s plan after Bachelor’s degree?
She said marriage is not on her cards for now,
hoping to build a career in either academics or
investment banking to take after her father, who
recently retired from First Bank.
Mr Adigun, who is now in private practice, gave
glory to God for his children’s feats. He said the
achievement made him to remember his days at
OAU, saying the blood of academic brilliance runs in
His wife, Toyin, was all smiles during Atinuke’s
graduation. She gave thanks to God, saying: “It is a
thing of joy for me to turn out two graduates in
succession and all of them made a First Class. I am
so blessed. All glory be to God. Today is the best
day of my life.”
Adigun’s former classmate in the secondary school
and Manager of UNILAG branch of Ecobank, Tunji
Jayeola, said: “We are proud of Adigun’s family. I
am happy that Atinuke has repeated the father’s
feat. She knew what she wanted and went for it.
This also shows anyone can achieve his dream in
life if he is focused and have the right attitude. This
is what Atinuke’s achievement indicates.”