A Nigerian man identified as Ifeanyi Obi, has inspired individuals with his academic success story after numerous failures and rejections.
Obi narrated how he had finished his undergraduate studies in Nigeria with a Second class lower, and this result served as a bottleneck as all foreign applications he made to further his studies rejected him, including the ones made to US, UK and Canada universities.
An undeterred Obi said he applied to study in another European university, in Cyprus precisely and succeeded.
He not only finished with a higher honours result but went on to become the best student of the year and also bagged a placement for Ph.D studies.
Four years on, Obi became an associate professor and had his software BuildTech approved by a UK body and consequently got a special visa to establish a lab in London.
The young man shared his story on LinkedIn;
”I graduated with honours(2:2) for my undergraduate studies, which wasn’t an excellent feat. This was due to personal issues and strangely struggles against words spoken to me by a Prophet that I won’t do well academically if ever I chose that path.
I applied to 3 Universities in the UK for my Masters studies and got rejected. With that I applied to other Universities in USA, Canada and got rejected as well. With over 16 rejections, I proceeded with great determination to Cyprus to study.
I told myself I only could turn my story around. With increased focus and developed study patterns, I graduated with High Honours(3.8) for my Masters Studies and was offered a place for PhD and with same determines and few mistakes aswell, I graduated as the best student that year and was the Valedictorian.
I wasn’t done with proving to myself I can and I’m up to it. I was offered a place as a lecturer and today just under 4 years I became an Associate Professor. Last year my software in BuildTech got approved by the UK endorsement body and this year obtained an Innovator Migrant Visa to establish a software lab in London, collaborating with great minds like Prof Rita Orji Rita Orji, PhD . I have now travelled to almost all the Universities I got rejections from for research collaborations or research study visits.
If you read to this end fam, never give up!”