Meet one of Oyo State’s brightest minds: David Babalola.

David Babalola has raised the bar with his sterling performance at the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), beating all other students from Nigeria to emerge as the overall best. After scoring A1 in all eight subjects including English Language and Mathematics at the 2015 edition of the prestigious examination, garnering a total score of 673.7626, the young man has rekindled the long lost pride of the State as far as education is concerned. At least, that is what many seem to think. Others have seen this uplifting news as a glimmer of hope that the state can indeed be great again if all stakeholders are willing to put in the required effort.

David Babalola, who hails from Saki in the Oke Ogun part of Oyo State , is now enrolled as a student of Medicine at Nigeria’s Premier institution, the University of Ibadan. It is expected that with unrelenting commitment to his studies, young David will continue to excel, and ultimately emerge as a shining light unto his generation.

While awarding a full scholarship to David, along with a one-time grant of 250,000 NGN, the governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi announced:

We are very proud of you, David. To show how delighted we are with your performance, to encourage our other children to do the same, and to demonstrate our government’s commitment to excellence, I hereby announce the award of a full scholarship to David Babalola until he completes his current course of medical studies at the University of Ibadan. In addition, the sum of N250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand Naira) is to be given to David in recognition of his outstanding achievement, and for bringing glory to himself, his family and the good people of Oyo State.

It sure feels great to see academic excellence rewarded in this age when entertainment seems to be getting all the benefits. On a more serious note, we wish David all the best in his future endeavours, and hope that this will not be the last we hear of his academic exploits. We at Ibadan Insider are very proud of you, too.


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