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Young Nigerian lady receives her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture on the same day

  • Aisha Janki Akinola, a young Nigerian woman, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Edinburgh on the same day.
  • Aisha talked about some of the challenges she had while attending school in the UK. She claimed that despite her challenges, she remained committed. She also mentioned that she was heartbroken, had an accident, was uncertain about her career, and was depressed.
  • Aisha offered some guidance to anyone getting ready to go abroad, telling them to consistently step outside of their comfort zone and build relationships with locals. She also encouraged students who may be feeling exhausted by their academics to persevere until they achieve success.

A young Nigerian lady, Aisha Janki Akinola received her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree with honours from the University of Edinburgh on the same day.

Nigerian-born woman Aisha Akinola relocated to the UK to pursue her education. She earned both of her architecture degrees from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

Aisha graduated from the Federal Government Sokoto High School in Nigeria and then moved to Ghana to enroll in the Advance Levels Programme, the second of three standardized British secondary school subject exams required for admission to universities.

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Young Nigerian lady receives her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

She received a grant from the Mastercard Foundation to continue her education a year after finishing her A-levels programme. She was able to earn both degrees at once because to the Mastercard scholarship, which allowed her to transfer her bachelor’s degree credits to the master’s programme.

She posted images from her graduation on her Instagram page to celebrate her accomplishments, characterizing the success as a reward for all of her challenges and efforts in pursuit of the degree. She also mentioned that for her efforts to improve student welfare at the University, she received the Sir William Darling Memorial Prize.

In her words:

”MA architecture with honours, University of Edinburgh, I simply could not afford to fail. Too much has gone into this goal, from the Mastercard scholarship to my parents sacrifices and mine too,”

”I could not afford to disappoint myself, so I afforded myself the architecture degree! however tough it might have been to get it. I got it and I got a high five and thumbs up from the Vice Chancellor of my University, ‘she added.

Aisha described some of the difficulties she had to overcome while attending school in the UK. She said that despite her difficulties, she stayed dedicated. She also mentioned that she was despondent, had an accident, was heartbroken, and felt unsure about her job.

”There was the depression and Covid in 2020, the heartbreaks in 2021, the dissertation in 2022 and the accident in 2023 – all roadblocks attempting to test my resilience and determination to get this degree in the bag,” she explained.

”Throughout this journey, I was my worse critic and it didn’t help that I studied architecture because there was always a lingering feeling that everyone else knew what they were doing and I didnt,” Aisha recalled.

”I later came to find out I was so wrong! We were all pretending to know what we were doing. We were scared but we did it scared,” she added.

Aisha gave some advice to anyone preparing to move abroad, advising them to constantly venture outside of their comfort zone and network with locals. She also exhorted students who might be feeling worn out by their studies to persevere till they succeed.

”If there’s one advice I’ll give to someone moving abroad, it’s to get out of your comfort zone, put yourself out there and connect with people,” she advised.

Aisha currently works as a digital creative, social media influencer, and YouTube vlogger with millions of fans. She is also the creator of the “Black Ed Movement,” an anti-racist group started to help and uplift black people, particularly black students at the University of Edinburgh.

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Victoria Omokhefe completed her undergraduate studies in veterinary medicine at the University of Abuja in Nigeria.

At her induction ceremony, she received the BLUE BLOOD veterinary limited award for best graduating student in clinical conference presentation.