“I Divorced, Remarried During My Programme”, Says Unilag Best Phd Thesis Awardee


University of Lagos (UNILAG)’ overall best Ph.D student in Mathematics, Dr. Ige Aminat Olawunmi, has revealed how she experienced marital turbulence while pursuing her academic dreams.

Ige, who was cynosure of eyes during the 54th convocation ceremony held, on Thursday, disclosed how she suffered divorce and remarried during her academic voyage.

“On this Phd program, I got divorced, suffered depression, two armed robbery attacks, surgeries and several bouts of malaria. However, for every step backwards, I took three forwards recovery.”

“While the program was winding up, I started a mentorship community and the beautiful part of it all, while on the program, I got married. This time around to the adorable man I can think of. A man who supports my dreams and ambition,” she said.

The awardee narrated her ordeal, adding that she battled health challenges, but survived all during her pursuit of her Ph.D program, thanking her supervisors for their support.

“Well, it was not all gloomy, while on the programme. Amidst the trials with this nature of I no gree for failure, I started an NGO, and during these trying periods, my supervisor stood rightly by me,” she added.

However, she urged the federal government and state governments to support the education sector, calling for the proper welfare of university lecturers.

“It is not unpopular that university lecturers are poorly rewarded and students don’t want to like us when they grow up. I therefore appeal to President Bola Tinubu and governor of my state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other state governors to look into the state of their academics and bring us renewed hope.

“The private sector is not left out. They are the highest beneficiary of the products of our institutions,” she added.




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