Failure to Success: The Inspiring Story of Abayomi Precious, FUTA First Class Student

The Story of Timilehin Abayomi Precious. His studentship was withdrawn by the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) after he failed to meet up the minimum standard. After five years of sojourn, all came to nothing in 2014.And six years after he graduated with a First Class from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA).

My Mother and I held ourselves in late 2014, weeping uncontrollably after learning that I had failed in OAU after being accepted to the citadel in 2008. My studentship was withdrawn in my final semester, 5 years later, for reasons I completely accept responsibility for.

My family and I went through a tough moment of one suicide attempt, exile from home, and a family meeting to decide what to do next. I remember insisting on returning to university, and it was FUTA in 2015.

Fast forward to yesterday, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying with First Class Honours from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and placed in the top 5% of the university’s graduating class.

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Between these years, I’ve gone through extensive refinement, learned various lessons, and grown as a person. Excellence, diligence, and tenacity, in particular, have become my watchwords.

With these guidelines in mind;

  • I co-founded Inside FUTA, a news organization that helped the institution reintroduce campus media.
  • I won the prize for most distinguished first-time member of the House while representing my department at the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).
  • Represented the University and competed against peers in national debate, entrepreneurship and construction competitions.

As I move forward in life, I’m determined to uphold the three values of excellence, diligence, and tenacity, in the hopes that they would help me achieve my ultimate objective of realizing the possibilities of media and communications in the construction industry.

As I’ve always maintained, this isn’t the best way to get a degree; nevertheless, tell anyone who has failed that “failure is not final, no matter how fatal, for he who falls shall rise again.”

I owe this eventual success to God, who gave me a second chance; to my dear Mother, who never gave up; family, who believed in me again; and friends, who were always there. My deepest appreciation to three of my friends who encouraged and supported me through this phase – Adesida Thompson, Anjolaolorun Alabi, ACIM & Opeyemi Fawole

This story is that of a failure who never gave up; a story of strength and courage. If you come across this, pray that God grants me speed for the years I have lost.