Omobolanle Adenle is one of the graduands at the 45th Convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University held earlier this month.
She gained admission to study Linguistics and African Languages in 2010, but instead of graduating in the 2014/2015 session, she graduated in 2021.
While narrating her ordeal to our correspondent, Adenle who is now an entrepreneur, said her challenges started from the first and second semesters spent on the OAU campus.
She said, “A journey that started in 2010 and finished in 2021. I thought I would finish with my mates in the year 2015 when I obtained admission to study Linguistics and African Languages in Obafemi Awolowo University in 2010, but my first and second semesters result were nothing to write home about after putting my best foot forward. So, I got discouraged.
“I thought I will obtain Jamb and change my course the following year which I tried but failed again, so I made up my mind to finish what I’ve started but it was almost late already.
“I couldn’t handle retaking courses and doing my main courses altogether, but I did it anyway and it was a disaster throughout – but I just can’t quit and it saddens my heart at that time.
“I felt like a total failure in life and everything academics saddens my heart then till I decided to find another interest that will fill up the grief I nurse in my heart daily.”
‘From academic failure to business guru’
After the “failed” semesters, Adenle had to start a business to raise money for survival.
This time, she said, the move was successful as she was able to settle many bills, including school fees on her own.
She continued, “I decided to explore the business world with my almost collapsed academics then because I needed to start generating some extra income to sort out my school bills and my general well-being.
“My business became the only get away from the deep sadness I nurse on my academics, I finally found fulfillment beyond the four walls of the classroom – buying and selling different products and services.
“I became a professional at selling anything sellable on this earth and there’s no product or service under heaven that I can’t sell with ease and speed right now as a product manager and Digital Marketer, I mastered the art of selling from hawking different products after classes to my fellow students in female hostels in OAU.
“I was actively investing in myself beyond the four walls of the school while pursuing academics, I became so good in my craft that I won a business grant in 2018.
“I became a business mogul with two physical stores in Lagos State and Osogbo, Osun State till I shifted my focus to more of digital product recently and required no physical location in Osun State anymore. ”
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