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Young woman sets record at Canada University, becomes first black woman to earn PhD in Biomedical Engineering

A young lady named Adeola Olubamiji has made history as the first black woman to earn a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Adeola Olubamiji made history by becoming not just the first-ever Black woman but also the first black person to earn a doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Celebrating her achievement on Facebook, she narrated how she stood strong against all odds to accomplish her feat. Adeola stated that she is the 5th and last child of her parents who were farmers and had no financial stability.

She mentioned that she had to hawk pepper on the streets of Ibadan, Nigeria as early as age 10 to help his mother. Adeola added that her primary and secondary education were in public schools. She fought the odds and was able to enroll into the university.

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Adeola obtained her bachelor’s degree in Physics at Olabisi Onabanjo University with a strong second-class upper division. Her brilliant performance paved the way for her to proceed to Finland for a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering.

She mentioned that during her master’s degree, she worked part-time as a cleaner till after she earned the degree. After graduation, Adeola said she applied to over 100 schools for her PhD out of determination and finally got a full four-year scholarship.

She was awarded a scholarship by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Adeola stated that she is proud to not only earn the PhD but glad to have made history while at it. 

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Adeola stated that she is not only walking the stage as the first black person to bag a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan but also walking the stage for Nigeria and Africa at large.

”I walked the stage for all of you black women disrespected and looked down on!!!! I walked for all of you from my ghetto hood “Mokola”, Ibadan. I walked for all OSU students and ex-students that got that look from people who think we are not brilliant,” she said.

She said she is also walking the stage for her parents, siblings, and family in fulfillment of their dreams, walking the stage for her late sister and late mentor, and also walking the stage for her future husband and unborn children who patiently waited for her to fulfill her dreams.

Adeola said she is also walking the stage for all immigrants and all young adults who strive every day to chase their dreams. Advising everyone who is in the same situation she was, she stated that they should be bold, innovative, different, and be everything they want to be but remember to put God first! 

 

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