A Nigerian lady who hawked pepper has become the first-ever black person to bag PhD from Canadian university.
Addy Olubamiji, who used to hawk on Ibadan Street, has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from a Canadian university.
Olubamiji, who shared her story on Twitter, described her mother as a farmer, while her father struggled to provide for the family.
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According to the post, she revealed that she came from a poor background but her determination to succeed made her excel.
She revealed that she is the last born of her parent and always had to wait for her turn. she was raised by a mother who is a farmer and a father who has little. She hawked pepper on the streets of Ibadan at age 10 to help her mum. She also attended public primary and secondary schools in Ibadan.
She said ” I attended OOU and studied Physics. Because I had a 2.1, it opened the door for me to proceed to Finland for a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. During this masters degree, I worked part-time as a cleaner and did this after my Masters as well.
“Out of determination, I applied to over 100 schools for my PhD and finally got a full 3 year scholarship (later extended to 4 years scholarship) at @usask, Canada to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. While in that PhD program, I worked part-time as a makeup artist, teaching assistant, braided hair and fix weaves to make extra money.
“Today I walked the stage as the first black person to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Canada!!! I walked this stage for you Mama Africa and for my Motherland Nigeria!!! I walked the stage for all of you black women disrespected and looked down on!!!!.
“Specially, I walked for you my parents. siblings and extended family in fulfillment of your dreams! Specially, I walked the stage for you my late sister Omoleye Olubamiji and my late mentor Ayodele Olatunbosun.
“Today I walked for my future husband and my unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfill my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to. I walked for all immigrants and all young adults who strived everyday chasing their dreams.
“I walked in celebration of the unfailing love of my first and one truly true love Jesus Christ (in you I walk in you I live and in you I have had and will continue to have my being). Be bold, be innovative, be different, be you, be everything you want to be but remember to put God first!!! Let no man, upbringing, money, circumstance, colorism, past mistakes, institution, company, partner, background, let nothing tell you you can’t do it. Go smart! Go hard!! Go for Gold!!! Go with God!!! Just Get Going!.
“Let’s remember my famous write-up together. FOREVER WALKING FOR YOU 😭❤️🎉! Forever standing up for you! And forever showing the world what it means to be Black Girl Magic.”