Nigerian Student Expelled From OAU In His Final Semester, Starts Again And Graduates With First Class From FUTA
“Of a Graduate who had to fail first”- Timilehin P. Abayomi
My mother and I held ourselves in late 2014, weeping uncontrollably after hearing that I had failed in OAU After being accepted to the citadel in 2008. My studentship was withdrawn in my final semester, 5 years later, for reasons I completely accept responsibility for.
My family and I went through a tough moment of one suicide attempt, exile from home and a family meeting to decide what to do next. I remember insisting on returning to university, and it was FUTA in 2015.
Fast forward to yesterday, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying with First Class Honours from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and placed in the top 5 of the University’s graduating class.
Between these years, I’ve gone through extensive refinement, learned various lessons, and grown as a person. Excellence, diligence and tenacity, in particular, have become my watchwords.
With these guidelines in mind;
- I co-founded inside FUTA, a News Organization that helped the institution reintroduce campus media.
- I won the prize of the most distinguished first time member of the House while representing my department at the Students Representative Council (SRC)
- Represented the university and competed against peers in National debate, entrepreneurship and construction competitions.
As I move forward in life, I’m determined to upholding the three values; excellence, diligence and tenacity,in the hope that they would help me achieve my ultimate objective of realising the possibilities of media and communication in the Construction industry.
As I have always maintained, this isn’t the best way to get a degree; nevertheless, tell anyone who has failed that “ failure is not final, no matter how fatal, for he who falls shall rise again.”
I owe this eventual success to God, who gave me a Second chance; to my dear Mother, who never gave up; family, who believed in me again; and friends, who were always there. My deepest appreciation to three of my friends who encouraged me and supported me through this phase- Adesida Thompson, Anjolaolorun Alabi, ACIM & Opeyemi Fawole.
This story is that of a failure who never gave up; a story of strength and courage.