A commercial motorcyclist also known as Okada Rider, Toyinbo Hezekiah Ojuola, has graduated as the sole first-class student from the department of animal breeding and genetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun state.
The story of Ojuola surfaced online after the 30th convocation of FUNAAB where the university produced 2,823 graduates, with Ojuola and 117 others making the institution’s first class honours’ list.
In an interview with BBC, Ojuola said as a student of the university, he was an Okada rider who operates at the metropolis of the school to survive.
Per the BBC, upon completion of his secondary school education, Ojuola’s parents wanted him to learn a trade.
However, the young man was determined to advance his education at the university.
The Ipokia-born fresh graduate stated that many of his companions had become married and ignored university education.
He said he was one of the best performers in his secondary school which made his teachers to encourage him to enroll in the Ogun-based university.
He said, “I never believed I would graduate with a 2’1. I was just doing my thing. When I saw that I graduated with a first-class, I was so happy.”
Ojuola explained that he started as a bricklayer, before moving on to using motorcycle for business purposes.
He added: “Most people are not aware that I attended school. They only knew me as an Okada rider. Sometimes, I use the motorcycle to carry bags of cement.”
Sodiq Lawal is a passionate and dedicated journalist with a knack for uncovering captivating stories in the bustling metropolis of Osun State and Nigeria at large. He has a versatile reporting style, covering a wide range of topics, from politics , campus, and social issues to arts and culture, seeking impact in all facets of the society.