Growing up, I really wanted to be a doctor so when it was time to apply for admission in the University I applied to study medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (OAU) but unfortunately, I wasn’t offered an admission to study medicine. I was offered biochemistry but I accepted it anyway.
From my first year in the university, I knew for a fact that I didn’t want to build a career in biochemistry so I decided to pursue my other passion- leadership.
I applied to study at the African Leadership University, Rwanda to learn to build leadership skills that would fix the leadership crisis in Africa. I believe the major reason we have high crime rate, unemployment, poverty and crisis in Nigeria is bad leadership and I was determined to fix that. The tuition fees were pretty high and I knew my parents could not afford it but I was determined so I applied for a scholarship. I got awarded $2,000 out of $3,000! I was excited but I knew I had to do more to raise the remaining fees.
I took a bold step and started a Gofundme campaign. I shared with friends and family. I pushed and did everything I could to raise some money but I didn’t get so much from it. Only a few people donated. I left my undergraduate studies at OAU to pursue my dreams in Rwanda with only a part of my fees. My plan was to learn an in-demand skill and start working to raise the money and that was where tech came in.
I have always enjoyed being on social media so I felt Digital Marketing was going to be a good fit for me. I also did some research and found out digital marketing is a high-paying skill that is required in every industry so it was perfect for my goal of raising my tuition fees.
I saw a post one day by I4G about the #I4GMarketing scholarship program and I immediately applied for it. I was so excited when I got the congratulatory email.
The thought of learning digital marketing with Meta made me really happy! Its a big deal what I4G is doing.
The courses in the program were so insightful. I learnt so much from it. I enjoyed practicing with the tasks too and interacting with other learners. I have even made friends from the community. I started sharing my learnings online and this gave me visibility. I started getting job offers before completing the course.
I have resumed with one of the organizations and I now earn money.
I didn’t just get empowered with tech skills. I got the rest of my fees because I was sharing my learnings from the #I4GMarketing course. Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn and we had a conversation. He was happy that I was learning a tech skill while schooling. Being an alumni of African Leadership University himself, he offered to pay the rest of my school fees.
I am so happy! I have my tuition skills paid in full. I have also been empowered with a tech skill by I4G and I have a job to support myself through school.
Thank you I4G!