Man Who Wrote WAEC 17 Times Relocates Abroad, Becomes a Shinning Star in His Chosen Field

Man Who Wrote WAEC 17 Times Relocates Abroad, Becomes a Shinning Star in His Chosen Field

  • A Nigerian man who wrote the West African School Certificate Examination 17 times has relocated to the USA
  • Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu is excelling abroad after he finished his undergraduate studies in Nigeria and moved to Cleveland State University
  • The man has won multiple awards and recognitions, which dwarfs the fact that he sat for the WAEC exam 17 times before he passed

A Nigerian man has overcome the initial challenges he suffered at home while trying to pass his West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) papers.

The man, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, wrote the examination 17 times before he obtained satisfactory pass marks to attend the university.

Nigerian man who wrote WAEC 17 times.
The man is now a multiple award winner in the USA. Photo credit: Instagram/Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu.
Source: Instagram

According to a story shared by Vanguard Newspaper, Emmanuel attributed the multiple WASCEs he sat for to his desire to avoid cutting corners.

He was said to have insisted on getting the right scores in the exam set by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) the right way without cheating.

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Emmanuel studied mass communication at the University of Benin and did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kwara state.

He later gained admission to study for his master's at Cleveland State University, USA, and he has been shinning since then.

While in the USA, Emmanuel has won multiple awards and recognitions, dwarfing his initial WAEC failures. He posted some of the awards on his Instagram page, attributing his growth in life to the grace of God.

He said:

"I have been honoured as a Professional Doctoral Fellow by The Across Global Institute of Foreign Languages (AGIFL) for my impactful use of English as a foreign language to create positive changes across the world. My remarkable journey from overcoming significant educational and personal challenges to making significant global impacts in mental health advocacy has earned me these prestigious honours.”

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Students celebrate after WAEC examination

In a related story, some students who took part in the 2024 WAEC examination were happy to write their final paper.

The students were seen in a video celebrating happily after they came out from the WAEC examination hall.

They were putting on white shirts like university graduates, and they also used ink to sign on their shirts to celebrate.

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