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Nigerian Journalist who lost her father during study finally wins scholarship, graduates US university as top female black student

A brilliant Nigerian Journalist named Adesewa Josh who won a scholarship to study for her master’s degree at Columbia University in the United States has graduated from the university as the top female black student.

Adesewa is a Nigerian who started her educational journey at the Federal University of Technology where she bagged a degree in Science Laboratory Technology. She told Vanguard that after she graduated, she lost her father who was the breadwinner of their family.

She stated that securing a good financially buoyant job was difficult for her but she managed to secure two jobs that could barely paid her bills. In a bid to further her studies with hope of getting a better job, Adesewa said she enrolled for a part-time degree at Lagos State University, Nigeria.

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Adesewa said she could only afford half of the tuition fee from her savings but managed to complete the degree. She graduated among the top five students of her set despite writing most of her examinations within half the stipulated time.

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”With half my tuition paid, the money I saved from my two jobs, I had to strategize on how to evade the debt collectors on exam day. Get to the exam hall, write as fast as possible, and sit at the back of the hall so it’s hard for the invigilators to find me,” she said.

Adesewa obtained a post-graduate diploma in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lagos State University. She proceeded to earn a certificate in TV presentation from the Aspire Presenting Institute in the United Kingdom.

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She mentioned that in 2014, she got a call from the United States embassy asking if she would like to go to the US-Africa summit at the White House. Adesewa said she was the only TV broadcast journalist from Nigeria nominated by the US Government to report on that historic Leaders’ Summit.


Adesewa stated that she was in the process of preparing for the summit, when she saw another opportunity for a master’s at Columbia University School of Journalism which she applied and fortunately, she was accepted and was awarded a scholarship by the university.

She earned a master’s degree in Politics and Global Affairs with an excellent grade and was also awarded the university’s top female black student of 2017. Adesewa has received different, awards, certificates, and achievements in her portfolio as a successful journalist.

She was the only African journalist who reported alongside top journalists from CNN, AP, and AURN at the second African First Ladies conference hosted by the then United States First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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Adesewa was also the only correspondent from West Africa invited to cover the maiden edition of the George W. Bush African First Ladies conference in Dar es Salam, Tanzania where she interviewed the First Lady, top government officials, reputable African businessmen, and women.

At the first World Economic Forum Africa held in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, Adesewa was the station’s on-ground correspondent who reported extensively on the event, interviewing African leaders, top businessmen, and Brazil’s former President.

Adesewa is the convener of Project Smile Africa, a community-based project, that reaches out to children in a bid to create better societies across Africa once every year. She said as an international journalist, she aims to provide solutions to the socio-economic needs of children in Africa.

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