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Nigerian student who failed O’level 17 times bags 2 PhDs in US

A Nigerian student known as Emmanuel Ahmadu who failed O’level exams comprising of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, JAMB, WAEC GCE, and NECO GCE altogether 17 exams in 5 years, has successfully bagged two doctorate degrees (PhDs) in the United States.

In a chat with CONVERSEER, Ahmadu said, “I didn’t actually write WAEC 17 times as being speculated but O’level exams comprising of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, JAMB, WAEC GCE, and NECO GCE altogether 17 exams in 5 years space as a result of being a victim of broken homes from age 5, but I chose not to allow my background to put my back on the ground.

“All glory to God Almighty for being a source of hope to others globally today. I’m currently teaming up with brands/human service agencies and individual champions who have survived through different struggles for global collaboration in fostering mental health awareness among children, teens, and youths in a bid to foster hope, resilience and community to tackle the high trend of depression and suicide globally.”

Nigerian student who failed O'level 17 times bags 2 PhDs in US
Emmanuel Ahmadu

In a telephone interview with NAN on Sunday, Ahmadu urged youths to remain resilient and never lose hope, regardless of the challenges they face.

According to Ahmadu, who is also known as ‘Mr Voiceover’, dedication and a strong belief in oneself are crucial in overcoming adversity.

“Seek out opportunities for growth, leverage available resources, and connect with mentors and supportive networks.

“Remember, every setback is a setup for a greater comeback.

“Keep pushing forward, and your efforts will eventually yield success,” he said.

“My story is a beacon of hope for youths facing similar challenges, inspiring them to rise above their circumstances and make meaningful impacts in their communities and beyond.

“I first gained international attention in 2018 as the International Award for Student Brand of the Year in West Africa while studying at the University of Benin (UNIBEN),” he added.

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Reacting to the news, most Nigerians feel the massive failure in the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) exam is due to the low standard of education and the body’s deliberate act to fail the students.

Read the reactions below…

“Most people write waec from age 16, so if he failed 17 times it means he was 33 when he got into the University. Never give up” – Charles

“CIROMA CHUKWUMA ADEKUNLE. Finally, I’m happy for him” – Xandyy

“Nigeria exams are set so that students can fãîl, for abroad they set exams to test if the students really know what they’ve been taught” – Shile

“Why wasn’t he able to perform well in Nigeria? Very few people know the answer. Mind you, he obviously doesn’t have spiritual problems” – Osebi

“Our educational system is so wack, na so so hard question dem go set for you like say dem get better job wey dem go give you when you graduate. Awon Oloriburuku” – MC

“Once you move out of Nigeria everything becomes possible, positive and achievable for you” – Ikechukwu Kingsley

“Lol, a tale of two different environments. One is better at frustrating you while the other is better at encouraging and supporting you” – Rhoda Omogiate

“It’s coz Nigeria exams are too hard, I don’t know why they pour their frustrations into the exams for us” – Deslilym

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