A 24-year-old student of the University of Lagos, Hallowed Olaoluwa, set a new academic record in Africa as he bagged a doctorate degree in Mathematics for the 2012/2013 session on Wednesday.
With a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0, Olaoluwa had the best Ph.D thesis, as well emerged the youngest African scholar, displacing Olabisi Adeyemi, who had graduated from the same institution with 4.98 in 2012 at the age of 26, as well as Opeyemi Shodipe of Babcock University, who graduated the same year at 25.
The award was conferred on the young scholar and 104 other students, who had successfully completed their Doctor of Philosophy programmes at the finale of the convocation ceremony of the university, held at the Multi-purpose Hall.
An indigene of Ekiti State, Olaoluwa was honoured in the presence of a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Julius Okojie, who represented the Visitor to the university, President Goodluck Jonathan, the Pro Chancellor of the university, Prof Jerry Gana, the former Vice Chancellor of UNILAG and Vice Chancellor of Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Prof Tolu Odugbemi, among other dignitaries.
Full of excitement, Olaoluwa said he completed his Ph.D programme in three years.
Speaking with Daily Sun, the Ph.D holder said that he enrolled for his first degree at Central African Republic at the age of 15, below the minimum age requirement set for Nigerian universities by the NUC.
Born in 1989 in Bangui, Central African Republic, he had a First Class and second degrees in Mathematics and Physics in 2007 and 2008, at the age of 18 and 19 respectively.
Like a child destined for greatness, Olaoluwa had already bagged two degrees at a time most of his mates in Nigeria were battling with their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and its attendant rigorous post-UTME.