- Kelechukwu Onwukamike has taken to social media to celebrate his academic success as he went down memory lane
- The Nigerian man who was honoured with the Germany best PhD award in Chemistry was 13 years ago mocked by his secondary school teacher
- He not only surpassed the teacher's expectations but now holds two PhDs in the same course
A Nigerian man has inspired social media users with the story of his academic success.
Kelechukwu Onwukamike who currently holds a PhD in organic and polymer chemistry from KIT Germany and the University of Bordeaux, France said he recalled how his secondary school teacher had questioned his resolve to bag an A-grade in chemistry.
According to his LinkedIn post, the incident happened during the 2007 GCE exams. To the teacher's surprise, he got an A in the course eventually.
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13 years later, he was awarded in Germany for having the best PhD in that same chemistry. This was after he bagged a first-class in chemistry as an undergraduate.
His post read in part:
"I had told my teacher then that I would make an A-grade in the subject; not the most easiest subject to get an A-grade.
"On the day of the practicals, the teacher came to my desk, looked at my work and shook his head in dismay.
"I was worried, disturbed, couldn't figure out where I had gone wrong.
"Then the exam was over and just as I was about to leave the hall, my teacher approached me with one comment "Is this how you are going to have an A-grade in Chemistry?"
Tell my teacher:
"5months after, the results were released, I had a A-grade.
"4years later, in 2011 I graduated with a First Class degree in Chemistry.
"12 years later, in 2019 I graduated with a Double PhD degree in Chemistry
"13 years later, in 2020, I got the Germany best PhD award in Chemistry."
Kelechukwu challenged his followers to tell anyone still in doubt of their capabilities that they are in for a shock.
On his motivation for pursuing two PhD degrees, Kelechukwu told Legit.ng that his move steered from his passion for chemistry and not to spite his secondary school teacher. He explained that it was also to prove that no man should play God in anyone's live.
"My decision for my academic progress had nothing to do with spitting the teacher, it had all to do with me wanting to build an expertise in an area I was passionate about which is sustainable chemistry.
"The incident with the teacher was just a reminder that we shouldn't allow anyone to play god in our lives, for we can achieve much more than they could ever imagine
"I had to get a scholarship for my graduate studies and getting that is not an easy task."
The Erasmus Mundus masters' scholar who graduated top 5 best during his undergraduate programme in FUTO recounted his academic journey abroad.
"Also I completed a double MSc degree as part of the Erasmus mundus master programme, this was also challenging in that it was my first experience in Europe. I had to keep reminding myself my reason for being there and never gave up no matter how tough it went. Eventually I was among the best student from set.
"For my PhD, I had to do it between two countries simultaneously, had to travel alot between Germany and France. Is called a double PhD in that it was ran between two universities on the same topic.
"As PhD researcher is very easy to give up due to frustration of not getting good results. I did face a challenging beginning but my positive mindset and my I can do spirit kept me going. Eventually I graduated and won the best phd award in Germany and also published 6 research articles in high impact journals."
As a way of giving back to the society, he runs free mentorship for getting international scholarships for young scholars, with 25 of his mentees getting international scholarship worth over $1 million in the year 2020.
Reacting to the LinkedIn post, Kehinde Olaide said:
"Your story reminds me of how my ss1 chemistry teacher told me to forget science class just because I couldn't spell 'separate' correctly in a test. Now I have a masters degree in Nuclear physics & hoping to achieve more by God's grace."
Adelaja James Yemi Ufbosanmi wrote:
"I can do all things through christ who strengthens me."
Chidozie Chikwe commented:
"Absolutely inspiring. I have similar experience but this is so massive. Thanks for sharing."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man who had graduated with a third class from Obafemi Awolowo University became a genius in Canada.
The young man said his lecturers in Canada urged him to take an IQ test after they saw his methods of solving problems.
According to Ray, his test results showed that he is smarter than 99% of people around the world. In his word:
"In OAU I graduated with a 3rd class, In Canada my lecturers urged me to take an IQ test after they saw my methods in solving sh*t.
"Turns out I'm a genius. By my test results I'm smarter that 99% of the world and yes I topped my class.
"Who would have known."