A corp member identified as Emmanuel Oluwasayomi has narrated how he wrote SSCE seventeen times before he gained admission into higher institution.
Ahmadu, an award-winning voice-over artiste, Nollywood actor, anti-depression and suicide advocate, is a graduate of mass communication from the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
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The narrative of his determination to succeed at all costs was aptly demonstrated when he wrote his Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) seventeen times before he gained admission into UNIBEN.
In a recent interview, Ahmadu speaks about his life.
Here is what he said about the decision to never cheat even after writing SSCE seventeen time.
Read what the corp member said:
“I survived through the grace of God.
The journey started when I was at a tender age and everything was rosy in the family; then the situation turned sour and family crisis began.
My father and mother separated due to irreconcilable differences.
That was when my crisis started. I attended 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools between 2010 and 2014 due to persistent family crisis which caused me psychological and mental imbalance, leading to SSCE attempts before I finally passed after the 17th attempt in 2014.
The examinations I sat for included WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NECO GCE and JAMB that ushered me into the university.
During the period of writing O’ level examination.
I endured the pain to keep attempting each exam yearly with the sole aim of passing without cheating, despite pressures to succumb.
This is because I knew to succumb to malpractice would cause me more harm than good, considering the psychological and mental effects of being enrolled in several schools and learning under different teachers.
I studied to the best of my knowledge but, in the end, I kept failing until God gave me a breakthrough in 2014.
Prior to when I finally passed SSCE, I enrolled in SSS2 in a school in 2013 when I strengthened my relationship with God and I also fully concentrated on my studies.
During the period, I borrowed textbooks and attended private lessons with best students in various subjects and I also got SSCE syllabus from experienced teachers who doubled as my personal tutors.
Furthermore, I constantly treated past questions on various subjects and I ensured that I scored higher than previous marks during my personal studies.
I also received home tutorials on core subjects with brilliant students and graduates living in my neighbourhood.
All these efforts paid off as I eventually passed all my subjects in flying colours without cheating and got the best result in the school where I enrolled.
It was this feat that ushered me into UNIBEN.
All along, I had the conviction that I wanted to pass without cheating in order to correct my past and to prepare for a promising future.
Today, I am glad that I am a change agent contributing to tackling national and global problems.
If I had quit school or succumbed to the pressure to indulge in exam malpractice, which is becoming a norm to many students and youths in Nigeria today, my story would have been different.”