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24-Year-Old UNILAG Student Makes History As The Youngest Ph.D Holder In Africa

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A 24-year-old student
of the University of
Lagos, Hallowed
Olaoluwa, set a new
academic record in Af­
rica as he bagged a doctorate degree in
Mathematics for the
2012/2013 session on

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 uni­
versity, 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 respec­
tively. 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
Examination and its
attendant rigorous post-


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