Pharm. Adeoluwa Ayodeji Adeluola has been announced as 2016 best graduating student of Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG). He was one of the 233 graduates whose induction and oath-taking ceremony took place on April 6, 2017. That may appear as nothing unusual. What, perhaps, makes it more interesting was his being the son of Dr Adebowale Adeluola, a vibrant lecturer in the department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology in the same faculty. Speaking with Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis, the 22-year-old bares his mind about the journey through pharmacy school and his plan for the future.h
- Tell us a bit about yourself and early education?
I was born on the 31st day of the month of July 1995 in Surulere, Lagos State. As a child, I attended Mainland preparatory primary school and as a young boy, I attended the prestigious Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos. Afterwards, I gained admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to study Pharmacy.
- Was studying pharmacy your idea?
Nope, it was God’s idea…. Let me explain, contrary to popular belief, my choice of pharmacy was not influenced by my father. At the time I was to fill my Jamb form, my father was not in the country for quite a while. Consequently, I became confused. Somehow I filled in Architecture but my mind wasn’t still at peace with my choice. So, I asked God for direction and two weeks to the closing date for amendments to Jamb applications, the answer arrived – Pharmacy. It was a poignant reply from God and surely it was the right decision.
- How do you feel being announced 2016 best graduating student?
The feeling I had when I found out that I was the best graduating student could best be described as exhilarating, thrilling, gladdening and jubilant. I was lost for words to describe the feeling and emotions perfectly.