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UNILAG never offered honorary doctorate degree to E-Money



The University of Lagos has debunked news of the institution issuing an honorary doctorate degree certificate to E-Money during her 50th (2018) Convocation Ceremonies on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

This is following the pictures posted on Instagram by the CEO of five-star music, E-money, where he was seen dressed in convocation gown receiving a parcel from a university staff.

E-Money posted the picture with a caption that reads.

“To God be the glory! I have just received a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Management and Corporate Governance at an event held inside the University of Lagos.
I’m joined here by the incoming Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat whose father, Olatunji Hamzat (an influential politician) also bagged a Doctorate Degree.”

UNILAG never offered honorary doctorate degree to E-Money

The University pointed out facts to back up it’s claim. One of which is the color of the convocation gown.
UNILAG’s official colours are maroon and gold, while E-Money was dressed in a differently colored gown, according to the shared picture.

The statement released by the University shows the names of individuals awarded and E-Money’s name is nowhere to be found.

The Statement reads,

The University of Lagos, #UnilagNigeria , on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at its 50th (2018) Convocation Ceremonies (Day 3), conferred Distinguished & Emeritus Professorship and Honorary Doctorate Degrees on the following eminent personalities:

1. Prof. James Dele Olowokudejo, a Professor of Plant Taxonomy, – Distinguished Professorship award.
2. Prof. Sulaiman A. Adekola of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Emeritus Professorship award
3. Alhaji Lateef Olufemi Okunnu, a foremost Lawyer & a former Federal Commissioner for Works & Housing- Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University.
4. Dr. Daniel K. Olukoya, founder of Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries and a Molecular Geneticist – Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University.
5. Mr. Jim Ovia, founder and Chairman of ZenithBank – Honourary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University of Lagos.
Please note that the University’s official colours are maroon and gold and the personalities who were conferred with these honorary awards by the Chancellor of the University (see pictures) are in the appropriate attire.

It is worthy to note that the afore-mentioned personalities are the only people who were conferred with these awards by the University of Lagos at the 50th Convocation Ceremonies, thus, any story stating otherwise is false and should be amended accordingly.

Thank you.

Mrs. C. Taiwo Oloyede
Principal Assistant Registrar,
Communication Unit,
for Management, University of Lagos

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