- Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski earned his undergraduate degree and two master's while in prison
- He was handed a 16-year jail sentence for the importation of class A drugs
- Stephen bagged his BSc in Social Science and two master's from The Open University and Oxford Brooks respectively in the UK
- The resilient Black man is set to graduate with his PhD in criminology
Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski, an ex-convict and lecturer, has transformed his life through education after he earned his undergraduate degree and two master’s while serving a 16-year jail sentence.
Without any qualification, he managed to defy the odds and studied to earn a degree from The Open University and two master’s from Oxford Brooks, both in the UK.
The resilient Black man started studying for his BSc in Social Science with The Open University while he was in prison. Briefly.co.za gathered that Stephen was serving a 16-year jail sentence for the importation of class A drugs.
In spite of the major setbacks and bitter life experiences, Stephen managed to transform his life, and his extraordinary story has inspired many across the world.
50.open.ac.uk reports that Stephen defines his decision to pursue a degree as a ''seminal moment in his life''.
Stephen is now studying for his PhD in criminology while working part-time as the regional manager for The Open University’s Students.
In another story, a young trailblazer named Jasmine Bowers has etched her name in the sands of history as she becomes the first Black person to earn a doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida in the United States.
Amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, Jasmine joined the ranks of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as she makes history.
Jasmine recently announced her academic milestone in a post on social media stating that ''on July 15, I became the first Black woman to defend a dissertation in computer science at UF.''
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