- A travel agent conned Emmanuel Ilori of money when he arrived in SA for his studies
- Desperate, he found accommodation in a church and became a security guard
- 6 years later, he is now a PhD holder
When Emmanuel Ilori received his PhD degree in public administration from the University of the Western Cape recently, he recalled how he started off as a security guard.
The Nigerian national arrived in Cape Town in 2012 ready to begin his honours degree in business, Times Live reports.
He had sent a "travel agent" money for his fees and accommodation. However, the agent disappeared, leaving Emmanuel stranded.
A desperate, Emmanuel found accommodation in a church and became a security guard to make ends meet, Briefly.co.za learned. He explained:
I wasn’t going to ask my parents for money‚ because I left there with a commitment to my dad not to worry about me financially.
‘Tough times don’t last‚ but tough men do’ is what my dad used to teach me‚ and I often held on to those words.
He asked members of his extended family for help and finally registered for his honours. He immediately started his PhD after obtaining his masters degree in 2015.
Emmanuel now works as an associate lecturer in the UWC's school of government‚ economics and management sciences.
He praised the university's staff and lecturers for giving him the belief that he could achieve his academic dreams against all odds.
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