Twenty-four-year-old Nigerian citizen from Ekiti state, Dr. Damilola Arowolaju, has bagged a PhD in Law from the prestigious George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, in the United States of America.
Damilola, son of a former Special Adviser to former Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti State on Due Process, Dr. Bayo Arowolaju, hails from Omuo Ekiti, in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti state.
He was decorated with the honour on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the university’s virtual graduation ceremonies.
Damilola was also the President of the 2020 PhD graduating students, which further made his honour more grandiose.
Making the revelation in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday, the proud father, Dr. Arowolaju, could not hide his excitement that his son could be decorated with such a high academic honour at the age he secured admission to the University of Lagos, where he studied Sociology.
The senior Arowolaju said, “My baby, Dr. Damilola Arowolaju, with the grace of God just graduated with a PhD in Law from the George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC, USA.
“He gave an address to fellow graduands as the President of the GW Bar Association. Graciously, he did this at 24 years of age, an age when I was just entering the university in Nigeria for my first degree. May our children be higher and be more successful than us all.
“I am overwhelmed, speechless and flabbergasted by this outstanding feat. I am excited and more motivated to do more to uplift humanity.”
He therefore appealed to the Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to rejig and expand the scope of the state’s scholarship board to be able to benefit the children of the poor, who are outstanding in their academics.
Damilola, in his speech to his fellow graduands, contained in a video clip, said he shall continue to promote justice for all manners of men, irrespective of creed, race and class; adding that no sacrifice is too much to make to protect human rights and promote self-respect among humanity, describing these as the best way to entrench equality in the system.
He said, “Justice means making huge sacrifices that would guarantee all constitutional freedoms for all and sundry.
“When I say justice, I mean for both the innocent and guilty. The one that brings equality, stability and raise the hope for a better society. That is what we should all pursue, using morality and the instrumentality of law.
“My graduating today was a result of the sacrifices made by my parents to ensure that I excel in my academic pursuit.”