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Brilliant Nigerian man whose father sells wood to sponsor his education graduates university, emerges LASU’S best student with 4.98/5.00CGPA

A brilliant Nigerian man named Mubaraq Olawale Olaniyi has made his father, a wood seller who sponsored his education proud after he emerged as the best-graduating student at Lagos State University, Nigeria.

Olawale obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting Education with a 4.98 over 5.00 cumulative grade point average at the Lagos State University, Nigeria. His outstanding performance earned him the university’s 2022/2023 valedictorian.

He mentioned in his valedictory speech that despite his modest upbringing as the son of a wood seller and the loss of his mother while growing up, he remained focused on achieving academic success and did not let life’s obstacles affect him.

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Olawale added that the notion some people have about education courses also did not discourage him from realizing his ambition.

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“It is with great humility that I address you today as the son of a wood seller father and a late mother, who has defied expectations to emerge from a faculty wrongly adjudged as an asylum for students with low intellectual quotient and for students gifted with courses different from their desires,” Olawale said.

“Mubaraq Olawale OLANIYI is my name. The Best Graduating Student, Lagos State University, 2022/2023 Academic session. Without mincing words, I state categorically that I am neither a low IQ student nor given a course different from my desire. I chose Accounting Education,” he added.

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Olawale said his achievement made him differentiate between ordinary dreams and significant aspirations. He said the quote by Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it,” has proven to hold.


He said his accomplishments were fueled by the inspiration drawn from past top-performing students at Lagos State University whose achievements serve as models for success.

Olawale expressed his gratitude for completing his academic journey at LASU despite the challenges, noting that the four-year academic journey was remarkable.

He mentioned that throughout the four years, he scored B just twice despite juggling his academics with his work in fashion design, and he managed to achieve a 5.0-grade point in six out of eight semesters.

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He said his position as the valedictorian is a result of the choices he made in previous years with determination, hard work, consistency, good associations, mentorship, and prayers.

Olawale said aside from being an A student, he also participated in various activities, joined impact-focused organizations, served humanity, volunteered, and held leadership roles.

He expressed his gratitude to his late mother, and father, who took on both parental roles and his siblings for being instrumental in his journey.  Olawale also thanked the university administration for fostering an environment of academic excellence and self-development.

Advising his fellow graduands, Olawale said it is important to know that dreams are important temporary, and beautiful, but they do not just come true by thinking about them.

Olawale encourages them to remember that obstacles and problems cannot stop them and most importantly, other people cannot stop them. He urges them to strive to be better than good with hard work.



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