Pure water seller earns 4.93 cumulative grade at UniLag

By Favour Nnabugwu


A brilliant Nigerian man by name Tunde Alawode who once sold sachet water and achieved a remarkable 4.93 cumulative grade point to emerge the best-graduating student of the University of Lagos has bagged his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States within two years.

Tunde Alawode who narrated his story on Twitter stated that he grew up in Lagos, Nigeria selling sachet water and grinding pepper as a salesboy to survive. Despite his poor upbringing, he remained excellent in his studies scoring 8As of distinction in the 9 subjects he sat for in his West African Senior Secondary School Certificate examination.

Tunde also achieved a score of 298 over 400 points in his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination which enabled him gain admission into the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He bagged his bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the university with a 4.93 over 5.00 possible cumulative grade point.

He was awarded the overall best-graduating student of the 2009/2010 academic year. After graduation, Tunde said he wrote the Graduate Record Examination, a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally

He said he took the exam while serving in the National Youth Service (NYSC) and also had a full-time job, traveling weekly between Lagos and Abuja. Even with all the challenges, Tunde achieved a remarkable score of 333 out of 340 in the rigorous test.

Furthering on, Tunde proceeded to bag his first master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012. He then obtained another Masters’ degree in Material Science and Engineering at the same university the following year

In 2015, Tunde enrolled for his doctorate degree at MIT and within just two years, he earned the PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the university with a good grade

Akanji Olwale scores A in 64 course, a B from Air Force Institute of Technology

By Favour Nnabugwu 
A young Nigerian man, Akanji Olawale has exceptionally A in 64 course and a B  at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Nigeria.
Akanji also won a  full scholarship to study for his PhD at Boston University, United States.
Akanji Olawale emerged as the overall best-graduating student of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna in Nigeria after he bagged a Cybersecurity degree with a cumulative grade point of 4.99 out of the possible 5.00.
Akanji was not only the overall best-graduating student, he was also awarded the Chief of Air Staff Overall Best Graduating Student and the Commandant Best Graduating Student Department of Cyber Security at his convocation.
Apart from his academic achievements, Akanji served in the Nigerian Airforce for eleven years, juggling studies together with his active Service to Nigeria before retiring from service in 2023.
After 11 years of Active Service to my fatherland  Nigeria, today I drew my last paycheck as I say goodbye to the NAF. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. For God and For the Country. Thank you Nigeria Air Force Thank you Nigeria, wish me Happy life in Retirement,” he wrote on Twitter.
Akanji also worked as an Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect Associate and an Amazon Web Services Cloud Security Specialist. He said he wrote the examination a week to his final year first semester examinations.
He added that he studied and practiced with Whizlabs courtesy of a scholarship he won from Tkb417, Cloud Services & Solutions company, practicing with 200 videos, 70 lab sessions, and 23 Practice Questions and still aced his school examinations.