Another recognition for 29 year-old Ayodele Dada, the star graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 5.0 from the University of Lagos, as he was honored by the House of Representatives on Wednesday March 23rd. He received a standing ovation from the House during plenary in honor of his rare academic feat. In an unprecedented gesture, the House suspended its rules to invite Mr Dada into its hallowed chamber to honour him and commend his remarkable achievement, a tradition usually reserved for visiting presidents and parliamentarians.
Some of the lawmakers said young Dada’s success story, in the face of the challenges in the education sector, is compelling and an inspiration to the Nigerian youth and the country in general. Dada was encouraged by the lawmakers to live a life worthy of emulation as well as being a role model to younger Nigerians.
The House of Representatives’ recognition may be the starting point for proper integration of the country’s scholars into positions of note in Nigeria, although there was no monetary nor scholarly reward which many Nigerians were expecting for Dada.
Ayodele Dada, a graduate of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the University of Lagos, bagged home a 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average(CGPA), the first in the history of the university. The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Rahamon Bello, at its 2014/2015 Convocation, described Dada’s performance as a perfect score record, saying the candidate showed exceptional academic prowess.
This honour from the House of Reps is another addition to the many other acknowledgements and rewards Dada has received, as a result of his accomplishment. At the University’s 2016 Convocation ceremony, Dada received the UNILAG VC’s prize, UNILAG Dean’s prize, UNILAG Parent Forum prize, Tony Elumelu Legacy prize, the UNILAG Alumni Association prize, the late Eni Njoku Academic prize, Prof Tolu Odugbemu prize, and the late Prof. Adetokunbo Sofoluwe prize.