Nigerians on social media have criticized the ₦100,000 prize awarded Lawal Oluwafemi, the Best Graduating Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University for the 2017/2018 session.
Lawal was presented with his prize at the convocation of the university. He shared the news on Twitter on Saturday and users of the platform have been congratulating him.
Besides congratulating Lawal, Twitter users have also pointed out that the prize money was too small.
Critics of the prize money weighed Lawal’s prize against the N30 million that the winner of the last Big Brother Naija reality TV show went home with.
Lawal, who graduated with B.Sc Accounting from OAU, had tweeted, “Two days ago, I graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University as the Best Graduating Student for the 2017/2018 session with a historic 4.98 CGPA out of a possible 5.0.”
He added that, for four consecutive times, he was also the overall best candidate in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria’s professional exams.
In all, he had won 14 awards in ICAN, with another 22 academic awards, all within the space of four years.
“[It] can only be God!,” he concluded.
Read reactions to this tweet below:
2 days ago, I graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University as the Best Graduating Student 17/18 session with a historic 4.98 CGPA of 5.0.— Lawal Oluwafemi (@phlawalmoses) December 14, 2019
Was also the Best Overall 4 times in ICAN professional exams with 14 awards.
BSc Accounting & 22 academic awards in 4 years. Can only be God! pic.twitter.com/vVW2SXnePv
Ohh wow. Congratulations, Femi. Is that 100K I just saw there? Sigh! This country!— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) December 14, 2019
I hope that’s not 100k 🥺— Williams T (@official_drTee) December 14, 2019
It is ooo… That school is crazy— GistitOff (@GistitOff) December 14, 2019
Exactly my thoughts. 100k🙄 That's how the country won't appreciate him well, another country would come, offer him a huge research grant with soft landing. He'd go on and Excel in the future, then people will start dragging if he's nig or not. Just like Emegwali. Poor system pic.twitter.com/Bs1rsXPfMZ— Mzshenelly (@Adajoic) December 16, 2019