- Kelechukwu Onwukamike has taken to social media to celebrate his academic success as he went down memory lane
- The Nigerian man who was honoured with the Germany best PhD award in Chemistry was some 13 years ago mocked by his secondary school teacher
- He not only surpassed the teacher's expectations but now holds two PhDs in same course
A Nigerian man has inspired social media users with the story of his academic success.
Kelechukwu Onwukamike who currently holds a PhD in organic and polymer chemistry from KIT Germany and the University of Bordeaux, France said he recalled how his secondary school teacher had questioned his resolve to bag an A-grade in chemistry.
According to his LinkedIn post, the incident happened during the 2007 GCE exams. To the teacher's surprise, he got an A in the course eventually.
13 years later, he was awarded in Germany for having the best PhD in that same chemistry. This was after he bagged a first class in chemistry as an undergraduate.
His post read in part:
"I had told my teacher then that I would make an A-grade in the subject; not the most easiest subject to get an A-grade.
"On the day of the practicals, the teacher came to my desk, looked at my work and shook his head in dismay.
"I was worried, disturbed, couldn't figure out where I had gone wrong.
"Then the exam was over and just as I was about to leave the hall, my teacher approached me with one comment "Is this how you are going to have an A-grade in Chemistry?"
Tell my teacher:
"5months after, the results were released, I had a A-grade.
"4years later, in 2011 I graduated with a First Class degree in Chemistry.
"12 years later, in 2019 I graduated with a Double PhD degree in Chemistry
"13 years later, in 2020, I got the Germany best PhD award in Chemistry."
Kelechukwu challenged his followers to tell anyone still in doubt of their capabilities that they are in for a shock.
Reacting to his, Kehinde Olaide said:
"Your story reminds me of how my ss1 chemistry teacher told me to forget science class just because I couldn't spell 'separate' correctly in a test. Now I have a masters degree in Nuclear physics & hoping to achieve more by God's grace."
Adelaja James Yemi Ufbosanmi wrote:
"I can do all things through christ who strengthens me."
Chidozie Chikwe commented:
"Absolutely inspiring. I have similar experience but this is so massive. Thanks for sharing."
Meanwhile, Briefly News earlier reported that for many South Africans earning a degree is more valuable than a simple piece of paper. Our degrees represent access to new lives, new beginnings and cementing financial security for generations to come. One local Free State mom proved it's never too late to make our dreams of education come true as her daughter @Tshoki_Moses took to social media to share her mom's accomplishment.
The user pleasantly shared that the pair had recently graduated from the University of the Free State together. Receipts in hand, @Tshoki_Moses posts images of their names displayed on the Universities Graduating Class of 2021 list.
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