A young man named Lawal Ridwanullahi Adelani, who battled a fatal skin disease as a child, has overcome all odds as he graduates from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria with a 4.50/5.00 first-class chemistry degree.
Lawal said in an interview with EDUGIST that he was diagnosed with a skin disease as a child, which led to his parents leaving him in a room in the hope that he would die.
He said that although his parents had spent a lot, he did not get better, but by God’s miracle he got better after a while and regained his health.
Adelani said he wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination three times in the hope of studying pharmacy, but failed to clear the cut-off in any of the attempts. He said that he then thought about a course closer to pharmacy and that is how he ended up in chemistry.
Adelani said that because he still had intentions of studying pharmacy, he decided not to take his first year of college seriously. He eventually met some of his colleagues who had become friends and read, discussed and exchanged ideas together, and later he became interested in the course.
Nigerian man born with a fatal skin disease has obtained a first-class degree in chemistry
He said he had attended first class from his second, third and fourth years at university, which helped him achieve a cumulative first class. Adelani said he wanted to do well in chemistry because there is an aspect of pharmacy in chemistry.
He expressed his gratitude to his teachers and said they motivated and prepared them well. He is confident that with his knowledge of chemistry he can do a lot of professional work.