The Psychology graduate from the University of Lagos, who had an outstanding 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), was on Wednesday honoured by the Federal House of Representatives.
The 29-year-old, Ayodele Dada, was awarded by the parliament with the rare privilege of admittance to its plenary session, although many Nigerians were expecting monetary reward for him.
The House had to suspend its plenary session to recognise him into the chamber, a privilege only enjoyed by the country’s president or visiting presidents of other countries.
While commending the scholar, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara advised him to be wary of the three major vices – women, alcohol and money – if he really desires to go far in life.
Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was also the sponsor of the motion, disclosed that Dada paid his way through school, “sometimes, doing two or three jobs”.
“He deserves this special commendation and recognition by the House because his story is compelling. It should be told over and over again. It is time for us as a nation to claim ownership of what belongs to us. He is the Nigerian dream, to have graduated with a 5.0 CGPA.”
Dada was also encouraged by several lawmakers to live a life worthy of emulation as well as being a role model to younger Nigerians.