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Brilliant Nigerian man fights back after failing WAEC 17 times, bags two PhD at US university

A brilliant Nigerian man named Emmanuel Ahmadu has defied the odds to earn two doctorate degrees in the United States after failing the  Senior Secondary Certificate Examination popularly known as WAEC 17 times.

Emmanuel obtained an honorary doctorate degree in International Affairs (DIA) from Global Seminary University, United States in collaboration with GEPEA University, Portugal and a Professional Doctorate Fellowship Honor on global impacts across languages and cultures.

He earned the degrees after he had faced different challenges back in Nigeria. Emmanuel attended 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools due to family instability and even wrote WAEC 17 times for over five years before he later got university admission.

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Emmanuel said the honorary degree is bagged based on the impacts of his work and global achievements surrounding the promotion of peace, and through media influence in mental health awareness and sensitization advocacy across Nigeria, Africa, Asia, Europe and America.



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He said that his media influence is in a bid to tackle the trend of hopelessness, depression, and suicide amongst children, and youths across the world. Emmanuel stated that his journey is nothing short of extraordinary, overcoming significant educational and personal challenges.

Emmanuel told NAN that he sees his story as 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.

He mentioned that he 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) for his bachelor’s degree.


‘My story of resilience, having attended 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools due to family instability, and sitting for O’level examination 17 times over five years before passing, showcases unparalleled determination,” he said.

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Emmanuel mentioned that when he graduated in Mass Communication from the University of Benin in 2018, he received recognition from the vice-chancellor as an extraordinary student. His achievements were archived in the university’s main library to inspire hope in others.

He stated that he was also recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Student in Nigeria’ and ‘Media Personality of the Year’, among other prestigious awards before he moved to the United States where he continued to make significant progress.

Emmanuel said that his impact earned him numerous awards, including “Distinguished Student Leader with a Big Heart” from the College and “Outstanding Mental Health Advocate of the Year” by Active Minds.

Advising Nigerian youths, Emmanuel urged youths to remain resilient and never lose hope, regardless of the challenges they face. He said that 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,” he said.


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