Former pepper hawker, Adeola Olubamiji has become the first black to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Adeola’s story is seen as a proverbial grass-to-grace, and she has not only done herself proud by earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, but she has become an encouragement for youths that where there is a will, there is a way.
In an interview with her, she said “I hawked pepper at the age of 10, went to public primary and secondary schools at Ibadan, and attended OOU where I studied physics. It was when I had a second class upper that I moved on for a Master’s Degree at Finland and studied Biomedical Engineering. It went well, then I got determined and applied to over 100 schools for my PhD and I got a full three-year scholarship which later extended to four years at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.”
She worked as a part-timer for different jobs during the time she was in school and earned money to take care of herself and family from it. Today, she tells Nigerians to be bold, be innovative and to put God first in everything.