Nigerian who failed SSCE 17 times advises youths

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Emmanuel Ahmadu, a Nigerian graduate who faced the daunting challenge of failing the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) 17 times, has become an emblem of resilience and perseverance for youths.

Ahmadu, recently honoured with two doctorate degrees in the U.S., shared his story and advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

Known as ‘Mr Voiceover,’ Ahmadu emphasised the importance of dedication and self-belief in overcoming life’s adversities.

He urged youths to seek growth opportunities, leverage available resources, and connect with mentors and supportive networks.

“Every setback is a setup for a greater comeback. Keep pushing forward, and your efforts will eventually yield success,” he said.

Ahmadu’s journey is a testament to resilience. Overcoming significant personal and educational setbacks, he has become a global advocate for mental health. His story inspires youths to rise above their circumstances and make meaningful impacts in their communities and beyond.

In 2018, while studying at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Ahmadu gained international recognition as the International Award for Student Brand of the Year in West Africa.

His life has been marked by family instability, leading him to attend 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools. Despite sitting for the O’level examination 17 times over five years before passing, Ahmadu’s unparalleled determination has brought him to remarkable heights.

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