With thunderous ovation that rented the Chapel-venue of the event, Winner Eso-Oluwa Deji-Folutile was elated as he walked to the podium to receive his scroll as the best graduating student of Covenant University, Ota, in Ogun State. It was at the 11th convocation ceremony of the faith-based private university, owned by the Living faith church worldwide.
The success story of the 21-year old student, the first three, is full of many coincidences which confirms the power behind his name, vision and spirituality. Like Bishop David Oyedepo, an architect, who Deji-Folutile claimed to be his role model, he also studied Architecture. Also in the manner of the Bishop, who is regarded by many not only as a man of God, but also as a symbol of sound an qualitative leadership, Deji-Folutile has also graduated not only as the best graduating student’s union leader in the history of the 14-year old institution, but also as the overall best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97.
Presenting the 21-year old to the audience, comprising top government functionaries, captains of industry, principal officers of the University, clerics and parents, for the Chancellors’ handshake, the former Registrar of the Institution, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, described Deji-Folutile as a winner, achiever and a trailblazer. “To you the chancellor sir, it is gratifying to inform you that our overall best student this year is not only the best academics, but also the best chairman of student council,” Oludayo said. According to Deji-Folutile his journey to stardom did not start from campus, but right from his secondary school days at the Faith Academy, also owned Bishop Oyedepo
He said right from SS2, “I could picture this day coming. Every day, I was writing it somewhere in my book that I wanted to be the Covenant University’s best graduating student and best student council chairman. So, I had dreamt it and I worked for it and I worked for it both spiritually and academically.”
Speaking on his dream, Deji folutile, whose father is a veterinary doctor and his mother is a journalist, noted that the spirit had directed him. “The first thing is that God is my strength, but I was determined too.”
But how he’s able to cope with the burden of union leadership and academic workload, Deji-Folutile said: “God gave me grace and gave me lecturers who were understanding and cooperative. They used to call me to order whenever they felt I was going astray.” He said though he had a good social life on campus, there was no room for love affair with student of the opposite sex. According to Deji-Folutile’s mother
Olabisi Deji Folutile, the births of her son had informed the choice of his name, being a product of parents’ perseverance and strong belief in God, having been childless for some years after marriage.
And, since then, it has been one victory story or another. He had the best WASSCE result in his school, and was the third best candidate with NECO result in Ogun State in 2012.
So, once he told us his ambition to achieve the feats, we made it our prayer points.’ Deji-Folutile, who hails from from Ilemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State, described his success as overwhelming and thanked God for all his grace in his life, even as the best graduating student commended Bishop Oyedepo for his investment in education. “Covenant University is a moulding ground where spirituality is key”, he stressed, saying, “Everything we were taught and the core values instilled in us. This degree is just a class that can go anytime, but the experience is what I really cherish.”
Speaking about the his carrier choice, he said he loved Technical Drawing, Mathematics and Fine Art right from secondary school days. His words: “As far back as when I was in JSS3, I had wanted to study Architecture. And so after my Masters programme, I hope to work as an architectural and interior design firm. I hope to wow the world with unique creative designs,” Folutije concluded.