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Nigerian Lady Removed from University in 2016 for Poor Performance Emerges Best Student, Sweeps Awards & 400k

Nigerian Lady Removed from University in 2016 for Poor Performance Emerges Best Student, Sweeps Awards & 400k

Ibukunoluwa Areo has written her name in gold in the history book of Bowen University, Iwo after she graduated with a first-class degree bagging several awards and cash prize of N400k in the process.

The brilliant Nigerian lady took to social media to celebrate her academic milestone with beautiful photos from the convocation ceremony.

Dark years.

Ibukunoluwa shared on LinkedIn that her journey to academic success was a tough one and not as sweet as people would imagine.

According to her, she was withdrawn from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2016 due to poor academic performance.

As if that wasn’t enough misfortune for one person, she wasn’t able to gain admission in 2017 and ’18 due to reasons as subject combination issue and low score.

She persevered and got into Bowen University, Iwo via direct entry where she has now etched her name in gold.

Incredible feats she achieved at the university
Ibukunoluwa stated that she chose growth over mediocrity and finished:

“1. With a first class honors degree in Economics
“2. As the Best graduating student in my Program with a CGPA of 4.84/5
“3. As the Best graduating student in my College
“4. As the 3rd overall best graduating student in the 2020/2021 set.”
The smart lady also recorded other feats.

“In addition to my academic success, I served in various leadership capacities, the highest of which was being the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the school for 1 day,” she added.
Social media users hail the lady’s resilience
Kola Yaqub reacted:

“Congratulations Ibukunoluwa Areo! You’re a fighter, a dogged one indeed! God bless your parents too for being there even after failing a few times; were it the fortunes and non-financial resources they had spent that one wants to talk about or the psychological trauma of how their jewel was withdrawn because of inability to cope!
“They’re the true warriors and your man-made saviours! Of course, kudos to you too for never giving up on yourself. It could be draining and confident losing but your resilience has paid off…”
Funmilayo Olukanni opined:

“Congratulations girl, I celebrate you! What a great comeback!!!”
Urenna Iheme stated:

“Congratulations girl! Mighty proud of you. The end of a matter is better than the beginning. Keep soaring.”

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