FUTA 2014/2015 Best Graduating Students is Osakpolor Eki Obakpolor

best graduating student for the 2014/2015
academic session of the Federal University of
Technology, Akure, Osakpolor Eki Obakpolor has
attributed his success to adopting a consistent
reading pattern from day one at the Institution.
Obakpolor who graduated with a First Class from
the Department of Physics with a 4.8GPA said
the grace of God also enabled him to attain the
feat.
He said “at first I never thought I could achieve
this, but I told myself let me just try to put in
effort to get a good result. I recorded 4.68 GPA
in my 100 level first semester and I determined
to build it up. God helped me and I am grateful
to Him. I strongly believe in possibility and I
make bold to say making a First Class in any
discipline is not impossible with God on one’s
side and persistent reading habit”. He
commended the contributions of his teachers to
his success, saying “FUTA is blessed with good
lecturers. They taught us well and built us for
the future. Anything I become today is by the
training I received from my lecturers. I also
commend my friends and course mates who
gave me access to materials related to my field”.
Osakpolor Eki Obakpolor
Speaking on his plans after graduation, he said
he wants to go into research activities, to make
innovative discoveries in Physics which he called
the bedrock of Science. He said such discoveries
can be built up on for the good of the society.
Counselling other youth, he said “God has
deposited in everyone exceptional ability to excel
in everything one is doing. One just need to put
in a little effort, crown it with hard work and
prayers”.
Obakpolor also commended the standard of
FUTA. He said “I believe FUTA is going places. I
appreciate the way the Institution is building up
youth for the future. This gives us the
confidence that wherever we find ourselves we
will be able to adapt easily to situations. FUTA
always give us the platform to express our ability
and stand out wherever we find ourselves”. He
also thanked his parents and siblings for their
support towards his study.
“We still have mountains to climb and obstacles
to overcome”
Text of the Valedictory Address delivered by
Osakpolor Eki Obakpolor of the Department of
Physics , 2015 Best Graduating Student with
CPGA of 4.84
On finding out that I have been selected to give
the valedictory speech, I had but one worry and
that’s whether I would be tall enough to reach
the microphone. Betty Reese said “If you think
you are too small to be effective, you have never
been in bed with a mosquito”. In this I have
found consolation. Therefore, I am honored and
excited to be here, not only to represent this
awesome graduating class of the Federal
University of Technology, Akure 2014/2015
academic session, but to stand in the exact spot
where great scholars have stood.
The author of Harry Porter, J.K Rowling in her
commencement address to Harvard graduates of
2008 said “some failure in life is inevitable. It is
impossible to live without failing at something”.
That was my consolation on failing my first Post
UTME. In the word of Theodore Roosevelt, “the
boy who is going to make a great man, or is
going to count in any way after-life, must make
up in his mind not merely to overcome a
thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of
thousand repulses and defeats”. Five years ago,
on gaining admission into this institution, I was
excited and anxious at the same time – excited
about the prospect of studying Physics in the
Nation’s leading University of Technology and
anxious about what the five years would hold.
But here I am, with gratitude to the almighty God
for making me a recipient of His grace.
While not forgetting the place of diligence and
discipline in this achievement, I would not
overlook the place of my family; family where
life begins and love never end. It was there I
learnt to strive for excellence no matter what. At
home, biblical and ethical principles for attaining
good success in all facets of life were instilled. I
am deeply grateful to my parents, Pastor and
Mrs. Moses Eki Obakpolor, my twin sister,
Blessing, my younger sister Joy and my other
siblings for their support this far.
It has been a long five years, but here we are,
ready to graduate. We worked hard to get to this
point, but we didn’t do it by ourselves. We owe a
huge debt of gratitude.
To our parents, guardians, family and friends,
thank you for supporting us in more ways than
it’s possible to count and for your sacrifices.
To our Chancellor, Pro Chancellor, Vice-
chancellor and all the Principal officers of this
University, thank you for keeping things running
smoothly and making this institution the pride of
all.
To our Lecturers, thank you for your unrelenting
efforts in imparting knowledge. Your sacrifices
were beyond the call of duty.
To our Proprietor/Proprietress, Principals and
Teachers in secondary schools, thank you for
laying a solid foundation upon which we built on
here.
Behind each graduate, there must have been at
least a dozen people providing support in at least
a dozen ways. Thank you for coming to share in
our joy. We will pay the debt of gratitude forever.
Class of 2015, be proud of yourselves. Be proud
of every test and exams you aced. Be proud of
the times you had to carry the MEE board even
though it later became more of a burden. Be
proud of the times you had to spend your
weekends in the school farm because in that you
have learnt the indispensability of agriculture to
man’s sustenance. Be proud of the times you
had to be awake all night in preparation for a
test. Also be proud of the times you wrote tests
unprepared for. Class of 2015; be proud of the
times you had to put off your own work to help a
friend. Be proud of the times you couldn’t
answer certain questions because in that you
have learnt that no one knows it all. Be proud of
when you forgave yourself for a bad grade and
gave yourself a break. Be proud of yourself when
you do get the job or win the contract because
in more ways than you can imagine, you are
contributing to national accomplishments. Be
proud of all your accomplishments, because in
life, it is not about outdoing others but about
being your best. But most importantly, be proud
that today, you mark an important milestone in
your journey towards fulfillment. Today, we are
graduates; tomorrow, we are alumni.
We are here today on the precipice of the future.
It’s not a distant reality anymore. It begins here.
It begins today. Today my friends we still have
mountains to climb and obstacles to overcome,
we cannot stop striving yet. As we climb up
today, life will get more challenging but when
life’s challenges overwhelm us, we must
remember our ABC- the ABCs of life. We should
take the A and Accept the challenge; the B and
Believe in ourselves; the C and Confess our
hopes and dreams; the D, the Determination to
achieve our dreams; E, Expect some obstacles
on our way; F, we should Fight until we finish
our course; G, we should Get God on our side; H,
Have a hand in helping the leadership; I, Inspire
someone else; and J, take Jesus on our journey;
we should K, Keep on keeping on; and L, be
Leaders; M, Make every day count and N, Never
give up; we must O, Overcome our obstacles;
and P, Put on our best performance; we must Q,
Quit quitting; and R, Run the race with patience;
S, Strive on; while T, Trusting in the Lord, we
should U, Use our talent; and V, Value our time;
W, Wait for understanding; then X, X-ray, our own
lifestyles; Y, Yearn to achieve all that we seek;
and Z, be Zealous when reaching the top! Let’s
go out there and serve as hope to others. Let’s
create a platform for other to succeed because
in this, we would not only make our family and
friends proud, but our names would be engraved
in the hearts of generations unborn. Let’s allow
the spark in our hearts to give birth to flames of
excellence. We owe it to our family, our
University, our country, our God, and most
importantly, ourselves to pursue our wildest
dreams.
As we leave today, let us remember these old
words of Seneca “As is a tale, so is life: not how
long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”.
Let’s go out there and live good life.
Congratulations once more, Class of 2015.
God Bless Nigeria! God bless Ondo State! God
bless the Federal University of Technology,
Akure.
Thank you all, it has truly been a pleasure.

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