Mrs. Anthonia Okoye NOUN best graduating Student
After several attempts, 43-year-old Mrs. Anthonia Okoye, finally achieved her dream of becoming a graduate during the convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) which took place last Saturday.
The mother of five, who studied Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Abuja Study Centre of the university, emerged the overall best student of her set with her First Class Degree.
Sharing the story of her success, Okoye said she attempted three different tertiary institutions in the past without success.
She was an OND 2 Accountancy student in distinction grade at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), when her first attempt was scuttled due to allegation of examination malpractice.
After that incident, she got admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG), but she could not attend because of financial constraint.
Okoye almost lost hope of ever becoming a graduate until her husband bought her the NOUN’s admission form.
“He encouraged me to give NOUN a trial since studies there are done online and not like the formal and conventional university. I thank God I heeded his advice and that is why I can tell the whole world today of a success story.
“Although, I may not say I am a genius, I am above average academically. And I thank God I still maintain the standard even as a mother,” she said.
While in NOUN, Okoye had challenges of combining her tailoring work with the family demands and studies, yet she maintained a balance.
“It was really a stressful period but I didn’t allow that to scuttle my ambition. I might be reading at times while the baby would also be crying for attention. Oftentimes on such occasions, especially during exams I would have to do the two together.
I would be reading while the baby would be sucking the breast. But I thank God that I have a husband that understands.
He really supported me, especially during exams and my project to the extent that I almost turned him to a nanny. My first born, who is now in SS2 was also helpful.
So, everybody in the family sacrificed in a way to the success,” she said.
Interestingly, Okoye still wants to further her education at least up to doctorate degree level. We congratulate Mrs. Okoye on her wonderful feat and wish here success in all her future endeavours.