Brilliant Nigerian man who grew up selling sachet water wins best student award with 4.93CGPA, bags PhD from US university in just 2 years

Tunde Alawode, a talented Nigerian man, has achieved a remarkable milestone in his academic journey. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, he sold sachet water and worked as a salesboy to survive his childhood.

Despite his humble beginnings, Tunde excelled in his studies, scoring 8As of distinction in his West African Senior Secondary School Certificate examination.

He earned a score of 298 out of 400 points in his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, which allowed him to gain admission into the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Tunde graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, achieving a cumulative grade point of 4.93 out of 5.00 possible.

After graduation, Tunde took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a standardized exam often required for admission to graduate programs and MBA programs worldwide. He took the exam while serving in the National Youth Service (NYSC) and also had a full-time job, traveling weekly between Lagos and Abuja. Despite the challenges, Tunde scored an impressive 333 out of 340 in the exam.

In 2012, Tunde pursued his first master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The following year, he obtained another master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering at the same university. In 2015, Tunde enrolled in a doctoral program at MIT and within just two years, he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a good grade.

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