A 23-year-old Nigerian woman, Samiat Owo-Alade, has emerged the best-graduating student in her faculty at the Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India.
Owo-Alade who hails from Ikorodu area of Lagos State narrated her nightmarish experience of how she was refused admission in Nigerian universities for about two years after she graduated from secondary school in 2011.
According to her, she finally got tired of trying and decided to look outwards and fortunately the Indian university accepted her.
The apparently elated lady scaled through her faculty with the highest score of 75.5 per cent in her result for 2016/17 academic session.
She said, “I waited for two years despite having my West African Examinations Council, National Examination Council and the General Certificate of Education results. I was so ashamed of myself after some of my mates had gained admission. Sometimes, I asked myself, ‘Why me?’ I tried all I could just to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. I attended coaching classes, even when I knew I shouldn’t have been there.
“At a point, I had to learn a trade. It was a trying period for me as a young girl, yet I relied on God. Two years later, my prayer was answered. I gained admission to study in a university in India.
The young lady who graduated as a Pharmacist stated that she initially did not plan to be a medical expert but fell for the profession along the line of her study, according to Punch.
According to her, she has come to a realisation that Nigerians lack continuous research and now she intends to set up a research institute where she would develop new cancer drugs with no side effects.
“My dad has always been there for me psychologically and financially. He kept on encouraging me. He wanted me to be a medical doctor or an engineer while I wanted to become an astronaut. But to the glory of God, I am here today as pharmacist,” she added.
“I intend to have an industry, with a standard research and development centre that will involve animals and human volunteers. I realise that Nigerians lack continuous research. Our government does not encourage research.
Got a news tip/information for us? Email email@example.com
Follow us on twitter @thesheetng
BBM Channel: C0042057A
Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com / The Sheet
This is a 2017 Copyright of thesheet.ng. You may wish to request express approval from thesheet.ng to republish.