Blessing Chukwuma, the single mother who got pregnant while in school and completing her first class, talks about the challenges she faced during her struggle to to graduate.
Gistreel recalls that the single mother had previously gone viral after revealing that she was able to graduate from the University of Technology Akure with a first class degree despite getting pregnant at her 200 level.
Single mother, bless Chukwuma.
Blessing revealed that she had considered quitting at the time, but her HOD advised her on the right way to balance her schoolwork, business and motherhood.
During an interview, the single mother revealed that she had to take on menial jobs, such as becoming a cleaner, so that she could finance her own education.
Bless Chukwuma said…
“It was very difficult because I was in a political position at the time. I was the deputy governor of the School of Computing in FUTA and was popular among the students. So I became a subject of gossip and even heard some people talking about me behind my back. It dampened my spirits, but I had to pull myself together.
At a certain point I stopped caring about the gossip. In addition, I was responsible for financing my education and had to work while pregnant. It was not easy to find a job in those conditions as most employers would not want to hire a pregnant woman. I then decided to take menial jobs. I even worked as a cleaner during my pregnancy. When I was heavily pregnant and could no longer do the menial job, I went to work for my landlady. I helped her sell in her shop while she fed me. That's how I did it until I gave birth. After I gave birth, I started working in a restaurant near the school.”
Blessing added; “I was at the 200 level and felt so confused. I didn't know what to do next. The father of my child, who is now my ex-boyfriend, wanted me to terminate the pregnancy, but I did not agree with him. We then planned for me to receive a condonation form (a fee that students must pay if they do not achieve the required attendance at the end of the semester or year) so that I could leave school for a year. I was given the form, but the approval process involved going through the student affairs officer, department head, and other offices.
So while I was processing the form, I was asked the reason why I wanted to leave school. I said it was due to financial constraints. I kept giving them the same answer when I got to the different offices. When he arrived at my HoD, he volunteered to pay my school fees because my grades were good. That's when I finally told him the truth about my pregnancy. He told me that there were other pregnant students at school and advised me to continue my education. I thought about his advice and decided to go back to school.”
On how she managed to get a first class despite raising a child and running a business, the graduate said; “It was a bit difficult because if you study hard, it won't be that difficult. I studied smartly because unlike other students, I didn't have much time to study. I also managed my business and took care of my child, whom I welcomed when I was at the 200 level. I had to come up with a study plan so that I didn't have to go through all the course material while studying. It was a combination of smart reading and time management.”
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