After failing WASCE 16 times, Emma Ahamdu gets two US doctorate degrees


A Nigerian graduate, who failed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) 17 times, Emmanuel Ahmadu, has been honoured with two doctorate degrees in the United States.

Ahamdu urged youths to remain resilient and never lose hope, regardless of challenges they face.

Speaking in an interview with NAN in Lagos on Sunday, June 23, 2024, Ahmadu, who is also known as Mr Voiceover, said dedication and a strong belief in oneself are crucial in overcoming adversity.

He said: “Seek out opportunities for growth, leverage available resources, and connect with mentors and supportive networks.

“Remember, every setback is a setup for a greater comeback.

“Keep pushing forward and your efforts will eventually yield success.”

Ahamdu noted that his remarkable journey from overcoming significant personal and educational setbacks, to becoming a global advocate for mental health, underscores the power of resilience and the impact of unwavering determination.

“My story is a beacon of hope for youths facing similar challenges, inspiring them to rise above their circumstances and make meaningful impacts in their communities and beyond,” he said.

According to him, his journey is nothing short of extraordinary, overcoming significant educational and personal challenges.

The graduate added: “I first gained international attention in 2018 as the International Award for Student Brand of the Year in West Africa while studying at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

“My story of resilience, having attended 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools due to family instability, and sitting for O’level examination 17 times over five years before passing, showcases unparalleled determination.”

Ahmadu disclosed that when he graduated in Mass Communication from UNIBEN in 2018, he received recognition from the Vice-Chancellor as an extraordinary student whose achievements were archived in the university’s main library to inspire hope in others.

Ahmadu said he was also recognised as the ‘Most Innovative Student in Nigeria’ and ‘Media Personality of the Year’, among other prestigious awards.

In the USA, Ahmadu has continued to make significant strides.

He said his impact earned him numerous awards, including ‘Distinguished Student Leader with a Big Heart’ from the College and ‘Outstanding Mental Health Advocate of the Year’ by Active Minds.

Ahmadu, on June 8, received an honourary Doctorate Degree in International Affairs (DIA) from Global Seminary University, New York, United States, in collaboration with GEPEA University, Portugal.

This prestigious recognition acknowledges his significant contributions to promoting peace, sustainable mental wellness, and hope globally.

The Nigerian graduate was also honoured as a Professional Doctoral Fellow by The Across Global Institute of Foreign Languages (AGIFL) for his outstanding leadership and global achievements in mental health advocacy.

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