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How Adeleke Varsity Actualised My Dream, By Physically Challenged Graduate

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A 23-year-old physically challenged graduate of Political Science of Adeleke University Ede, Osun State, Miss Sherifat Odemo, has been offered automatic employment by the university.

The employment was announced by the institution’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council Dr Adedeji Adeleke during the Pro – Chancellor’s dinner which formed part of events lined up for the just concluded third convocation.

In addition to the employment, Adeleke said arrangement had been made for Odemo to do the mandatory National Youth Service Corps at the university.

Dr Adeleke made these pronouncements while reacting to an earlier gratitude by Sherifat to the courtesy shown her by management of the university despite being physically challenged.

As an undergraduate, Sherifat thanked the university for providing her a motorised chair to aid her movement, scholarships, and arranging a special classroom for her lectures.

Recounting her story, Sherifat who came out with a second class (Upper Division) degree, said she made Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, (AAUA) Ondo State, as her choice institution when she wrote UTME. Unfortunately she could not meet AAUA’s cut-off mark; and while contemplating her next move, her mother received an SMS from Adeleke University offering her daughter admission. That message seemed to create fresh worry as the Odemos wondered where to raise the money for Sherifat’s tuition.

In the end, Sherifat said she grudgingly accepted the offer following her parents’ consent. Miraculously, management of Adeleke University considered her condition, including her struggling parents, and therefore awarded her scholarships.

She was also grateful to the management for relocating her to the university’s temporary site, where the buildings were mainly bungalows, making movement for her a lot easier. She recounted her harrowing experience once at the permanent site, where she strained to crawl upstairs clutching her laptop either for lectures or class work.

At a point, Sherifat remembered how the motorised chair acquired for her by Dr Adeleke, stopped working; but within days the university’s vice – chancellor Prof Ekundayo Alao, made arrangement for a new one.

Going down memory lane, Sherifat recounted how she started out as a low performer in primary school.

“I was not bright when I was in primary school, but I was not discouraged. Challenges were many but I continued to work harder until I got into secondary school where my performance started to improve, and this never stopped until I got admission into university and came out with Second Class Upper Division.” she said.

Sherifat said she chose to be educated despite her condition so as to become an asset and stand tall among her contemporaries.

She advised others in her shoes not to see their situation as a ‘death sentence’; but a challenge to succeed.

To her contemporaries generally, Sherifat said education is a must regardless of the situations.

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