A first-class graduate of Lead City University, Ibadan, Olakunle Akanni (pictured below), has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for obtaining 12,000 dollars (N1.92 million) from an American woman, Diana Huizenga by convincing her over the internet that he was equally an American living in Nigeria, and madly in love with her.
An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday sentenced 23-year-old Akanni alongside one of his friends and accomplices, Adesina Akinsola while another of his friend, and accomplice, Dele Oshuntogun will know his own fate on November 17.
Fondly called Kunle Armania (pictured above with his parents during convocation), it was said that Akanni falsely presented himself to 77-year-old Huizenga as Robert Lewis, a white American living in Nigeria, between December 2010 and February 2012, and fraudulently obtained various sums from her.
Ever since it dawned on him that he was likely going to be convicted following his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the first-class graduate has become very philosophical particularly on his facebook account.
Posting on his account(Kunle Armania) on July 11, he said:
“Over time I’ve discovered there is no absolute finish line for everyone in the race of life. Our tracks are different and
our durations are different. The only thing we have in common is the same empire. For instance, one person graduates at 20 and struggles for another 5yrs to get a job, another might graduate at 25 and get a job immediately. One can marry a virgin and wait for the next decade to have the blessing of children, another lady probably after having series of abortions in her past ,becomes a mother almost immediately after marriage. A fellow becomes an MD at 38 and dies at 56, another becomes an MD at 55 and lives to 90. What a life? Life is full of twists, turns-ups and downs and many more surprises and disappointments. Life offers each and every one of us different opportunities and once an opportunity is lost, it’s gone forever except by the grace of God. It is up to each of us to patiently prepare, wait, recognise and utilize every opportunity. We learn on the way. No one has it all or knows it all. There is a reason why we all don’t fall at the same time, It’s so that when one is down, weak and discouraged, the other who is strong can encourage and lift the other person. God never promises that the road would be easy, but He promised never to leave or forsake us. Although life is complicated, let us learn to go easy on ourselves and trust that God is working it all out for our good (even if it doesn’t make sense now).Whatever trials, challenges or down times we face, all shall pass and in due course, we will be up and strong again to lift up those who may be down around us. NEVER LOOSE HOPE… We all have a story to tell someday… Pass this on to others to encourage them in their journey called LIFE.”