A 74-year-old retired Lt-Col. Pa Akinropo Aderemi Adegunju was on Monday, among the 5,000 students who matriculated at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
The retired army officer, whose ambition attracted many observers, including his colleagues who were matriculating, is a father of four successful men who have all graduated from different ivory towers in the country, including OAU where one his sons bagged an M.Sc in Architecture.
The law student was reported to have enthused: “I am proud and fulfilled. This is the desire of my heart and I thank God for this occasion”.
According to LEADERSHIP newspaper, Papa Adegunju passed through the normal academic rigours of obtaining JAMB direct entry form and was given admission to study law at OAU which is known for its high standard and scholarship.
There, he would pursue his degree in Law for four years with teenagers, some of who are age mates of his grand children. Pa Aderemi Adegunju would have clocked 80 years old while in the law school.
Further findings revealed that Adegunju has already trained four boys in Architecture, Engineering and other fields before he personally resolved to study Law in OAU.
Some of his children, it was gathered, are Managers and hold other senior officials in various fields while one of them works overseas.
“Papa is not here to acquire the certificate as a meal ticket. You know he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He only needs the education to broaden his horizon,” a member of his family who craved anonymity revealed. Lt. Col. Adegunju finished his secondary school education at Molusi College, Ijebu Igbo in 1958 and attended North West Polytechnic, London in 1964.
He qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1968 and retired from Nigerian Army after 21 years of meritorious service.
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