A Nigerian man, Gabriel, who is a mass communication graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, recounts how he wrote JAMB 8 times before getting admission and celebrates his new achievement as he graduates with a Second class upper degree.
Facebook user, Gabriel ‘Rymboxx’ Akhuetie shared his story with his followers, he wrote;
Today i drove to Zaria to collect my certificate from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University. When i got it, i looked at the piece of paper that practically sum up my 4 years in ABU and couldn’t help but remember how i struggled with JAMB and admission so badly that it became shameful especially because the least i ever scored was 235 and i was applying for “an easy to get course” mass communication.
In total, i wrote JAMB 8 times! 8 good times!!! Every year, different story– different reason to give up- different reason to truly give up- the only one thing that was constant was the fact that i never get admitted. I remember how I’d go through each day with so much energy and vigour but I’d cry at night. I remember how I’d pay for people to register for JAMB, they’ll get admission, go to school, graduate and i was still at thesame spot. At some point i accepted that getting a degree was not for me but i just wanted to get the admission to prove to myself that there was nothing wrong with me- i needed to know that i wasn’t cursed.
I would pray, fast, beg God, cry, plead, cry some more and nothing! Not even a single word of assurance that everything will be fine. I remember one time i traveled to write postUME and met some friends at a wedding afterwards and they laughed at me to my face and said they are waiting for the day that I’ll finally accept that school is not for everybody. I also remember the day i came back home from basketball practice and saw my uncle and his wife in the house. They came to tell my parents that my case was a spiritual attack and they were willing to help take me to a prophet to cast and bind. I cried ehn… people, i hear wheeeen! Kai… i don cry for this life!
Anyways, in 2014 i finally got admitted to ABU to study mass communication and 4 years later, my case is no longer shameful!!! I can beat my chest and say “that mountain- i climbed it! That hurdle that seems insurmountable- i jump am pass! Village people dinnor win this battle! Their fada!”
Through it all, i understand that we are all on a journey and everybody’s journey is unique and so is our speed. Mine might not be as fast or smooth as someone else’s but i am going to enjoy every phase and step of the way. Kindly embrace and enjoy yours. Challenges will come, problems might come but through it all, trust in God, believe in the process and enjoy the ride.
I came, i saw, (dem see me too), i conquer and i steady stepped out with a 2.1 plus a giant swag that says NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME!
*Drops mic like a boss*