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Damola Ilesanmi: Nigerian man who died few days before resumption of work in UK said he attended over 100 interviews

The story of Damola Ilesanmi, a United Kingdom-based Nigerian father of two and husband, still leaves many in doubt, whether he is really dead or alive but the sad reality is that he is dead.

What was the story of Damola Ilesanmi?

He recently graduated from the University of Bradford, UK, after leaving a successful career in Nigeria to start a life abroad.

Sadly, Ilesanmi died of cardiac arrest on 6th June 2024, shortly after he posted about his new job.

He was supposed to resume the new job on Monday, 10th June 2024, after applying for jobs and attending interviews over a hundred times.

Before his death, Damola Ilesanmi, married with two children, took to LinkedIn about a week ago to announce his new job and when he’ll be resuming.

Damola Ilesanmi graduates from University of Bradford
Damola Ilesanmi

Damola Ilesanmi’s journey to a new job

He was offered a job at the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as an Organisational Development Systems Officer, after over a hundred trials.

Sharing his journey to joining the NHS, which happens to be his last post on LinkedIn, Damola Ilesanmi said “Perseverance Pays Off.”

“I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted an offer to join the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as an Organisational Development Systems Officer, a role I will resume in a few days.

“The job market in the United Kingdom is incredibly competitive, and the journey to this point has not been easy. Despite submitting hundreds of applications with numerous assessments, presentations, and interviews, I have never given up. Each rejection, although disheartening, especially after investing time in extensive tasks, has only fuelled my determination to keep pushing forward.

“However, through consistent effort and perseverance, I have learned that it will only take one YES to change everything. And recently, that YES finally came.

“My advice to international students and recent graduates who may be seeking a job is to please not give up, as your congratulations are around the corner.

“I am deeply grateful to the NHS for giving me this opportunity and I must say that one of the things that interests me most about this role is the focus on Organisational Development. The chance to contribute to projects that drive organisational growth and efficiency is exciting.

“I look forward to bringing my skills and passion to the team and contributing to such a vital organisation. I am excited to embark on this new chapter with the NHS

“Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way,” his last LinkedIn post said.

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Damola Ilesanmi’s death

Announcing the death of Damola Ilesanmi on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday, Nigerians in the UK Community described him as a bright, vibrant, and promising young man.

Damola Ilesanmi gets new job in NHS UK
Damola Ilesanmi

The Community said it is also raising funds to help the family cover the burial expenses as well as provide some relief to his grieving family.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Nigerian in the UK who tragically left behind a wife and two lovely kids.

“We’re raising funds in memory of Damola Ilesanmi, who passed away suddenly on June 6th, 2024, due to cardiac arrest.

“Damola was a bright, vibrant, and promising young man who had just graduated from the University of Bradford.

“He was supposed to start a job on Monday with the NHS so there’s no life insurance to cover up the bills for his family.

“In this time of grief, we are reaching out to our community for support.

“Please consider donating to help the family cover the burial expenses and provide some relief to his grieving family.

“Your contribution, no matter the size, can make a significant difference during this difficult time.

“Thank you for your kindness and generosity,” the statement by Nigerians in the UK Community read.

His friends mourn

A friend of Ilesanmi, Dami Adenuga who was heartbroken after reading about his death, also posted on X, saying “”OMG! Damola Ilesanmi was my Secondary School mate, same science, same class. CGS Ibadan. Jezzzz!!!! Olorun o.”

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Frank Ulom
Frank Ulom
Frank Ulom is an experienced Journalist, Blogger and Writer with several years of experience. His stories are based on community development and have brought positive change across board.

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