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Nigerian lady who hawked on the streets to pay her school fees finally wins Mastercard Scholarship, bags masters degree at UK university

A Nigerian Lady named Ojotule Okeyi who hawked on the streets to pay his school fees has finally won the Mastercard scholarship which enables her to bag her master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Ojotule was awarded the prestigious Mastercard Foundation scholarship to study for his master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Narrating her story on LinkedIn, she stated how her achievement is exceptional.

She mentioned that she hawked on the streets in a bid to pay for her school fees. ‘From selling on the streets looking for my next school fees, to studying at the The University of Edinburgh, with a fully funded scholarship,” she said.

Ojotule said receiving the Mastercard Foundation scholarship at the University of Edinburgh, transformed her life and she has witnessed incredible personal growth ever since then. 


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She said before winning the scholarship, she received more than 10 scholarship rejections before she later earned the Mastercard Foundation scholarship. Ojotuke said the period was a tough journey, but she kept pushing forward.

Ojotule obtained her master’s degree in Africa and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. She stated that the degree is not just for only her, but for her mother and all widows who have gone through thick and thin to give their children the best.

She said the degree is for all women who have been grilled and humiliated for giving birth to only female children and also for all girls out there breaking gender biases and stereotypes.


While at the university, she served as a Postgraduate Student Representative and also the Edinburgh Earth Fellow. Ojotule expressed her gratitude to the Mastercard Foundation for investing in her and for their support stating that they made her dream come true.

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