21 year old graduate, Winner Deji-Folutile, offspring of Saturday Punch Editor, Olabisi Deji-Folutile, has emerged the best graduating student of Covenant University for 2015/2016 academic session.
A student of Architecture and the student council chairman at Covenant University to win the award, recorded a CGPA score of 4.974.
He was honoured at the institution’s convocation ceremony which was held on Thursday.
He was the first students’ union leader to win the award in Covenant University’s 14-year history.
Deji-Folutile has a track record of excellence as his worst results since he gained admission to the institution few years ago were two B’s.
He scored A’s in all other courses.
He had the best results in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO) at Faith Academy, Ota.
He also had the third best result in NECO in Ogun State for 2012.
The success story of the 21-year-old student, the first child of a family of three, is full of many coincidences, which confirm the power behind a name, vision and spirituality.
According to Deji-Folutile in a chat with New Telegraph, the journey to stardom did not start on the campus, but right from his secondary school days at the Faith Academy, also owned by Oyedepo.
He said: “Well, right from when I was in SS2, I could picture this day coming. Every day, I was writing it somewhere in my book that I wanted to be the Covenant University’s best student and the best Council Chairman. So, I had dreamt it and I worked for it both spiritually and academically.”
Speaking on his dream, Deji-Folutile, whose father is a veterinary medical practitioner and his mother a journalist, noted that the spirit had directed him. “The first thing is that God is my strength, but I was determined too.”
But how was he able to cope with the burden of union leadership and academic workload, Deji-Folutile said:
“God gave me the grace and gave me the lecturers, who were understanding and cooperative. They used to call me to order whenever they felt I was going astray.”
He said though he had a good social life on campus, there was no room for love affair with students of opposite sex.
According to Deji-Folutile’s mother, the Saturday Editor of The Punch newspapers, Mrs. Olabisi Deji-Folutile, the circumstance of the birth of her son had informed the choice of his name, being a product of parents’ perseverance and strong belief in God, having been childless for some years after marriage.
“So, once I was confirmed to be pregnant, we decided to name him ‘Winner’ even before we began to attend the Winner’s Chapel church. And, since then, it has been one victory story or another. He had the best results in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in his school, and was the third best candidate with NECO result in Ogun State in 2012.
So, once he told us his ambition to achieve the feats, we made it our prayer points.”
Deji Folutile, who hails from Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State, described his success as overwhelming and thanked God for His grace in his life, even as the best graduating student commended Bishop Oyedepo for his investment in education.
“Covenant University is a moulding ground where spirituality is key,” he stressed, saying, “Everything we were taught and the core values instilled in us have really impacted us. This degree is just a class that can go at any time, but the experience is what I really cherish.”
Speaking about his career choice, he said he had loved Technical Drawing, Mathematics and Fine Art right from his secondary school days. His words:
“As far back as when I was in JSS 3, I had wanted to study Architecture. And so after my Masters programme, I hope to work as an architect at an architectural and interior design firm. I hope to wow the world with unique creative designs.”