University of Lagos overall best graduating student (Class of 2019), Ibrahim Alimi, has identified passion and hard work as the key attributes to his success in the institution.
Alimi bagged B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.98.
He spoke on Wednesday in Lagos, shortly after he was presented with the awards on day two of the 51st convocation ceremony (2019).
Alimi said it had always been his belief that whatsoever was worth doing at all, was worth doing well.
According to him, just like peaks and valleys, there are always several up and down moments.
"My five years stay in this university has been a memorable one, and it will forever be something to always talk about.
"Coming into the university, a timid, small and beardless kid with no friends, no mentor, just random acquaintances, it did not take long till it dawned on me that I was away from my comfort zone.
"Expectedly, it was never going to be a smooth run.
"But, however, as the saying goes, the end justifies the means. Our perseverance and hard work had indeed pushed us this far.
"Speaking the minds of my fellow graduands, the university environment has helped develop our hard and soft skills, with the opportunities provided, the amazing tutelage from our teachers, numerous volunteer activities, clubs and societies.
"I am no more the same person I was seven years ago.
"I am, therefore, using this medium to acknowledge the impact of the school management and lecturers, for a job well done in this regard," Alimi said.
He urged undergraduates in the institution to always believe in themselves, adding that with hard work and determination, they would sail through.
"I want them to know that the journey may look rough and things may not always go as planned, but what do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonades out of it.
"The race is not over until it is over," he said.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said a total of 15,753 students would be graduating during the 2021 ceremony, comprising of 7,754 first degrees and 7,999 Postgraduate degrees.