The 73rd Convocation ceremony of the University of Ibadan has come and gone. One of the highlights of the graduation ceremony of the premier university was the outstanding case of the first visually impaired lady who got her PhD from the university- Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli. Nigerians on social media have hailed the woman for her resilience and perseverance leading to her new qualification. Here are 8 quick facts as compiled by AC’s reporter, Muthmainat Asamu about the woman.
- She was born as the second child to the late Obiabusi Okoli and Ijeoma Okoli both from Ezihu village, Igboukwu, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
- She became visually impaired at the age of eight as a result of what started like an eye problem detected by her mother
- She lost her father and elder brother at a tender age thus becoming the first child of the family.
- She dropped out of school due to an incident related to stigmatization of her condition before going to St Joseph Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind, Obudu, Cross River State.
- She failed university entrance examination twice because her questions were not transcribed In Braille language that she understands.
- She received a PhD in Special Education, with specialisation in the Education of the Visually Impaired
- She was the first visually impaired woman to have received a PhD in the university of Ibadan.
- She plans to become a lecturer and also start a non- governmental organization to help people with special needs