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After my first degree, my father clearly told me.."I struggled to send you to a university for a first degree as a pensioner, no money...



After my first degree, my father clearly told me.."I struggled to send you to a university for a first degree as a pensioner, no money to assist you for postgraduate degrees in Nigeria, CHANGE your life with this first degree."

I started visiting local libraries in Lagos and Abeokuta, just reading books as if preparing for major examinations. I even sneaked to enter the University of Agriculture's library in Abeokuta(as a ghost student!), just to read books.

To be honest, nobody was ready to sponsor my postgraduate degrees in Nigeria. I did not give up, I briefly worked as a Nursery/Primary school teacher with my Bsc Geography certificate earning just N2,000 naira in 1999, even the school founder was just a Grade 2 certificate holder, struggling to obtain his NCE certificate.My neck was so long as a giraffe, not even wearing nice clothes then. Poverty is a wicked bastard!

I did not join crimes because of this hardship, I endured all the sh*t to pull down barriers. Glory be to God today...Yes!

I relocated to Lagos to work as a journalist, just with my campus experience as a journalist. I endured all the hardship to be a journalist 'by fire by force', I was staying with friends and relations in Lagos, not financially strong to have my own apartment. Se ogun laye ni???

While working as a freelance journalist with Daily Times of Nigeria(DTN), I was paid N250 per a published story, to earn a token N1000 per week, I must make sure editors approve 4 or 5 stories from me. Life was so hard for me then.I must 'waka waka' Lagos to get my news stories, I must 'gate-crash' important assignments, just to get my stories. Aye le oooo!

To cut the long story short, I saw the advertisement via email that Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec) in London was looking for a young African journalist(under-30) with a first degree in Mass Comm, English language or Journalism to work as a media intern in London. I took a bloody risk to apply with my Bsc Geography, I ignored the requirements. I was the only applicant selected out of 65 applicants from Africa/Asia. I smashed the telephone interview from London, my first time of speaking with Oyinbo people via mobile phone. .(Iyalaya any baga!). I also submitted my 10 published stories in Nigerian newspapers, ComSec only asked for 4, just to study my style of creative writing! The rest is now history.

The Commonwealth Secretariat paid for my British visa and flight ticket to London. I did not pay one naira. I have said it more than 10 times on social media just to inspire Facebook friends never to give up in life. My name was clearly displayed at London Heathrow airport like a VIP from Nigeria.

I won't let my postgraduate education dream die in the United Kingdom, even right now, let me shock you with this good news, I just won a partial (50 %) scholarship plus other financial assistance from the university to attend one of the best universities in Scotland. Shoki ti shoki oooooo!
I have sent my bank account details to the appropriate authority to pay anytime from now. Won n sanwo opolo mi ni oo, dis ogun isoye no get expiry date I swear to God. Aye mojuba ooo. Sun re oo, Iya mi, Abiyamo Original.
I am tempted to share N100,000 for my Facebook friends, just N5,000 for 20 Facebook friends out of my scholarship funds. This postgraduate education would surely boost my CV anywhere in the world. That's another story for another day.(Chai..why I come leak dis secret now?)

Permission to blow my trumpet? Oyinbo people won't invest in empty brains. My essays possibly moved the panel members to select me for this 50 % scholarship to attend a top grade 'expensive' university in Scotland. Make I no talk too much jare. Ka sa ma se daada.Tanimola anybody?

TO BE CONTINUED...

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