I underestimated the mental and emotional stress that comes with running a home, working and studying for a PhD – Dr. Rashidat Akande

I had my first child in the first year of my PhD, at that point I had a very ambitious proposal but lacked enough clarity to work on it. I was really wasting much time despite my supervisor’s warning. I had my second child in the third year of my programme, by then, I had a better clarity and was overhauling my original proposal when I discovered I was pregnant for my third child while my second was barely a year. This was when I slipped into a mild depression – I just wasn’t sure I could carry on anymore with my work, 3 kids and a PhD – I think I became very unproductive for a couple of months and was not showing up for anything.

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My PhD thesis is an interlink between my passion, professional experience and current trends in the creative industry- Morolake Dairo

MD: Thank You. My name is Morolake Dairo and I recently completed a PhD in Media and Communication from the School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. During my Master’s degree programme at the same school (SMC), I had the opportunity of being lectured by facilitators who lectured part-time and had a full-time job in the industry. I found the possibility of passing down real-life knowledge and experience to students very interesting. In addition to that, I have always been interested in research. And so alongside my full-time career in marketing and brand communications, I decided to pursue a doctorate to explore the possibility of a dual career in the marketing communications industry and academia.

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My PhD Experience: Initiating and Ensuring Sustainable Relationship with Supervisors

In my own case, I had the luck of having a supervisor well known to me. She (God bless Dr. Yinka Egbokhare) neither supervised my project at undergraduate nor at Master’s level. But, I have always admired her from a far as a student in her class for the first 4 years as an undergraduate. Popularly known as Aunty Yinka, I appreciate her style of teaching. She combined theory with practicals. And I have followed her style since then. She introduced the advertising competition among 300 Level students of Communication and Language Arts then. I copied that when I became coordinator of my department in 2017. She was one of the panel of judges for the Creativity Challenge that has become a tradition in FUOMass Communication today. I remembered I brought her to Osogbo for a public review/reading of her book – the Dazzling Mirage. That was way back after my first degree. Then, a Master’s degree or PhD was not even in the plan. Then we had a joint programme with the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN, University of Ibadan Chapter) and the Ate Ogbon Literary Club. She was a strong pillar of the association then. We were together at the Zoological Garden, Ibadan with select secondary school students from Osogbo and Ibadan.  

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Germany chose me for my PhD and gave me the wings to fly in the academic world- Fola Ogungbemi

My name is Fola Ogungbemi. I grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria and attended the University of Ibadan where I studied chemistry and analytical chemistry at both Bachelor and Master level respectively. Due to my zeal and passion to learn more and to contribute to knowledge, I got a scholarship to enrol for another Master’s programme at University of Koblenz, Landau in Germany where I had the opportunity to delve from chemistry to ecotoxicology. I became highly passionate about everything ecotoxicology and proceeded to complete a PhD at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. I am very passionate about helping graduate students find their fit in the academic world. Therefore, I founded enviroscholars.com in 2015, a database for graduate and postdoctoral scholarships.

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My passion to help in rebranding the teaching profession in Nigeria made me the first African to win the 2022 TOEFL Prize- Oluyemisi Adedokun-Oladejo

I am Oluyemisi A. Adedokun-Oladejo and I work with the Ogun State Teaching Service Commission. I hold a master’s degree in English from the University of Ibadan. I have a number of book titles to my name, including Premium English Grammar which is a comprehensive grammar guide for learners and teachers of English. I am also a freelance IELTS trainer, a public speaker and a spoken word poet. I was the winner of the 2020 African Writers’ Prize for Creative Non-fiction and a co-winner of the 2021 Ogun State Academic Laurel.

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How Small Businesses in Nigeria’s University Cities are Faring? Insights from Students and Business Owners

In a quest to promoting the development of entrepreneurship and small businesses in Nigeria, government in 2006 approved the total commitment of higher institutions in providing entrepreneurship education to Nigerian students by making entrepreneurship a compulsory course for all students irrespective of their disciplines. The introduction of this course has exposed lots of students to getting involved in some diverse areas of small businesses.

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I am still shocked at the things that I was made to do and the abuse that I went through in the hands of those that were expected to help me – Julieth Gudo

I come from a very disadvantaged background in Zimbabwe which led to my failure to proceed with education after completing grade seven when my parents died. As a child sitting at home and not doing anything other than facing the harsh socio-economic hardships and a child marriage that was about to happen, I decided to leave home when I lost my paternal grandmother who had become my guardian. I travelled to South Africa with others in search for greener pastures. We travelled through the bushes and the crocodile infested Limpopo River as we had no proper documents. I will never forget that painful journey.

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Fountain University gave me the skills to thrive in the corporate world- Yusrah Osinowo

My name is Yusrah Osinowo. I am the first child of four kids born of my parents. I recently got conferred with an MBA degree from Vancouver Island University and an MSc from University of Hertfordshire. I am also currently a student at the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Western School of Business, Canada, working towards obtaining my CPA professional designation. As you can see, I am always at one point or the other obtaining a certification, but when I’m not doing anything professionally or career related, I love to read novels by African authors, watch sitcom comedies and travel to sight see and experience other cultures.

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I am grateful for the beginnings in Nigeria as the resilience I acquired helped me deal with the demands of PhD Studies in the US – Patricia Kio

The most immediately noticeable difference in American schools is how training and instruction in all disciplines are at the cutting edge of what is known at the time. American education is quite intentional about training students for further research and industry practice. The universities care about whether their students get jobs or move on to further studies. That is a pragmatism that the Nigerian educational system could use. Academic resources such as libraries, modern laboratories, and the ability to access current research are provided. There is also a flexibility in terms of picking courses one wants to take, which does not exist in the Nigerian system, that can make for a very interesting educational experience.  

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Nigeria is a country that is overflowing almost with energy and excitement – Larissa Schulte Nordholt

When I travelled to Ibadan in the summer of 2018 I had never been to Nigeria and I have to admit I was a little nervous when I arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the middle of the night. My nervousness soon disappeared however as I was met with open arms by Professor Ayobami Ojebode and his family. In fact, almost everyone I met in Nigeria was exceedingly kind and also exceedingly energetic.

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