- A Nigerian first-class graduate, Ngozi Andrew, has inspired netizens with her dark secrets and success story
- Ngozi said she dropped out of secondary school at SS1 and got into the University of Port Harcourt when she was almost 30 years of age
- The linguistics and communication studies scholar recounted how she had to put her education on hold after the untimely demise of her father
A Nigerian lady, Ngozi Andrew has stated that though winds may buffet and waves roar, netizens should hold on tight to their dreams and never let go.
The lady advised as she shared what she tagged her 'deep, dark secret about herself' on the social media platform, LinkedIn.
Her travails began from secondary school
In a lengthy post, Ngozi, a first-class graduate of the University of Port Harcourt revealed that she had actually dropped out of secondary school at SS1.
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According to her, only her immediate family were privy to the information that she didn't complete her secondary school education.
The linguistics and communications graduate added that her father's early demise made things worse for them.
This is as it left the responsibility of catering for 8 children solely on her mother and this made Ngozi put her education on hold.
"My father died early, leaving only my mum to take care of 8 of us.
"Out of these 8 children, 2 were seriously sick and had to go in and out of the emergency room at regular intervals.
"The burden was just too heavy for one woman so I had to put my education on hold and get a job."
She relocated to Lagos from the village to take up job as a housemaid
Ngozi's aspiration of becoming an international lawyer was halted as she moved to Lagos from the village to become a housemaid and look after the 3 kids of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Ngozi said she kept her academic dream alive by reading everything she could lay her hands on in the lawyer's office.
From there, she would offer the same service to a bank manager but her time with the woman also ended in a similar fashion as that of the SAN- both failed to enrol her in school despite pleadings and dedicated service.
Against all odds, Ngozi got admitted into UNIPORT, thanks to the saving she made from doing several menial jobs. Ngozi however stated that she got into the university at almost years of age.
"Fast forward to 2010, after several menial jobs, I finally saved enough and registered for GCE myself and cleared my papers. In 2013 I did jamb and Post UME. My name was number 13 on Uniport's merit list that year.
"By the time I got into University, I was hugging 30 and I was in a class of fresh brained 19 and 20 year olds. But I was determined to put in my very best and I came out with a first Class."
Many found her story inspiring
Omolara Akanji thought:
"God bless you. You exhibited innate strength and faith for nothing is impossible for God. Congrats and thank you for sharing your story. It is educative and inspiring. Best of luck darling."
Joseph Obari said:
"Thanks for sharing this rich background. Rich because it made gold out of you. There’s nothing dark in the fire.
"Proud of you, our dear alumnus! The furnace still forges brilliant tools, I can tell. I left that faculty in ‘87..."
Emem Roberts opined:
"A tough journey. But you shined through. Amazing that the ones we expect to help do not. People only looking out for themselves and their families alone in this world. Where are the values we were taught as kids?
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"Congratulations again beautiful and brainy. More wins ahead for you. Amen."
Mobolaji Ige wrote:
"Congrats, so inspiring. When people come into your life in whatever way as it is with househelps etc, endeavour to make them better. Do not use the bad ones as excuse to deprive the good ones of help. Truth is that when people dont help, its because they are just that way. I wonder what oga SAN and oga madam for uba feel as they read this success story. It all happened without them."
Expelled Nigerian lady bags first-class in northern university
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian lady expelled for examination misconduct had bagged first-class after relocating to the north.
In a long Facebook post on Tuesday, November 30, the lady said she was a 400 level student in a Nigerian university with a 2.1 grade when she got involved in examination malpractice and was to be expelled.
Angela said that she was mocked and broken as she became a huge disappointment to many people. The lady said amid the pain, she never waited to be expelled formally before she applied to another university.