Former Street Beggar Turned Unilag Law Graduate

Former Street Beggar Turned Unilag Law Graduate

The House of Representatives on Tuesday during plenary honoured Aarinola Blessing and Abdulsalam Idowu for their outstanding performance in their various academic Field.24 year old Miss Olaiya was admitted into OAU to study Medicine and surgery in 2011;she became a record breaker right from her First year with a cumulative grade point of 4.74 and scored distinctions in most of her courses from the second to the sixth year. It was a rare achievement for a period of 28 years in OAU, Nigerian Medicine and Community Health.


However, Mr. Kamaldeen who is now 38 lost his two legs to polio at the age of 3, lost his mother at the age of 4 and started primary school at 8.He ventured into street begging in Lagos from his primary through Secondary School to fend for himself and sustain his academic pursuits.Mr Kamaldeen purchased GCE form in 2002 from street begging and was admitted to study Political Science in Lagos when he passed his JAMB and GCE Examination.He later sat for another WAEC and JAMB Examination while preparing for the completion of his first degree since Law was his first love.He gained admission to study Law at Unilag in 2010 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 30th of November 2016.

The house commended Mr Abdul Salam Kamaldeen for his will power and perseverance despite how life has cheated him and Miss Olaiya for her rare feat.

It is now a current trend in the 8th Assembly to encourage citizens with extraordinary records which was initiated through a motion from Femi Gbajabiamila on the March, 23, 2016. The same honour was given to Nigeria’s First 5.0 CGPA Record Breaker, Ayodele Dada.

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