A Nigerian man has braved the odds stacked against him by graduating with a stellar academic result despite earlier setbacks.
Timilehin P. Abayomi is now a proud graduate, who started afresh after his studentship was withdrawn after 5 years at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Taking to LinkedIn to celebrate, the young man who did not disclose the reason for the studentship withdrawal said the news brought him and his mother to uncontrollable tears.
With the pain being unbearable, he had attempted suicide and was also exiled from home.
However, with one last faith in himself, Timilehin decided to return to the university in 2015 and this time, he chose the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Sharing photos from his graduation ceremony, Timilehin announced he graduated with a first-class and bagged numerous awards in school. He described his story as that of a failure who never gave up
In his words; ”OF A GRADUATE WHO HAD TO FAIL FIRST
My Mother and I held ourselves in late 2014, weeping uncontrollably after learning that I had failed in OAU after being accepted to the citadel in 2008. My studentship was withdrawn in my final semester, 5 years later, for reasons I completely accept responsibility for.
My family and I went through a tough moment of one suicide attempt, exile from home and a family meeting to decide what to do next. I remember insisting on returning to university, and it was FUTA in 2015.
Fast forward to yesterday, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying with First Class Honours from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and placed in the top 5% of the university’s graduating class.
Between these years, I’ve gone through extensive refinement, learned various lessons and grown as a person. Excellence, diligence and tenacity, in particular, have become my watchwords…”