Nigerian Man who Finished with 2.2 Becomes Best Student in European University after over 16 UK, US Rejections

Nigerian Man who Finished with 2.2 Becomes Best Student in European University after over 16 UK, US Rejections

  • A Nigerian man has achieved a stellar academic feat in quick successions after suffering rejections in the past
  • Ifeanyi Obi had graduated from Nigeria with a second class lower degree and was rejected over 16 times by US, UK and Canadian universities
  • His application for international studies in Cyprus clicked and he went on to become the best student of the year and a lecturer years later

A Nigerian man has inspired social media users with his academic success story after numerous failures and rejections.

Ifeanyi Obi shared on his LinkedIn page that he had finished his undergraduate studies in Nigeria with a 2.2.

Man becomes becomes best student after over 16 rejections by UK, US and Canada varsities
Nigerian man achieves success in Cyprus after over 16 foreign rejections Photo Credit: Ifeanyi Obi/LinkedIn
Source: UGC

Obi's result served as a bottleneck as all foreign applications he made to further his studies were turned down including the ones made to US, UK and Canada universities.

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A lifeline came for him

An undeterred Obi said he applied to study in another European university in Cyprus precisely and succeeded.

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He not only finished with a higher honour result but became the best student of the year and bagged a placement for PhD 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.

His story read in part:

"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.

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"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.
"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..."

Congratulatory thoughts trailed his post

Bose Banji-Idowu wrote:

"Congrats.. Awesome."

Oluwaseun Joseph Kojusola said:

"Great, congratulations."

Malachy Babangida Peter reacted:

"Wow! really motivating."

Olamide Rufai commented:

"This is so Inspiring. Thank you for sharing."

Akinwumi Fagbamila remarked:

"Congratulations bro."

Nigerian man becomes associate professor in Cyprus

Meanwhile, previously reported that a Nigerian man had become an associate professor in Cyprus despite negative prophecy.

Obi took to his Instagram page to disclose that he recently gained his academic promotion as an associate professor of construction technology from the American University of Cyprus.

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The young man said after the negative prophecy, he made a promise to himself to upturn it, adding that people should not let others decide their fate.

He wrote on his Instagram page:

"A prophet boldly declared that I will never achieve anything academically rather I should look into doing business. I did look into business but I also choose to pursue one thing I always loved- Teaching and Learning irrespective of what a prophet said."


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