22-year-old Nigerian lady wins big, bags several PhD offers abroad, shares cute photos amid celebration
- A young Nigerian lady identified as Promise Ekpo Osaine has bagged four PhD offers abroad; two fully-funded and two partially funded scholarships
- She took to her LinkedIn page to make the disclosure, saying she has accepted a PhD offer from Princeton University, one of the best in the United States
- The 22-year-old first class graduate of computer engineering said her journey to securing the scholarships was rigorous
A Nigerian lady identified as Promise Ekpo Osaine has celebrated her achievement on social media after bagging four PhD offers abroad - two fully-funded and two partially-funded scholarships.
Taking to her LinkedIn page, the young lady said apart from the PhD offers, she also bagged three masters offers.
The PhD offers she got were from Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, University of Colorado, and Kent State University.
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Her masters offers were from Western Illinois university, University of Alabama and Saint Louis University.
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According to the young lady, the scholarships she bagged in the US are worth $206,510/year (N85,129,617.30).
Accepting Princeton scholarship
Promise said she has accepted to study for her PhD in computer science at Princeton University, which is one of the best in the United States.
The young lady said:
"As a 22-year-old #Nigerian lady from #Akwaibom, who attended #Uniben, this means a whole lot to me. Growing up, people used the name “OKON” for derogatory examples & it impacted my self-esteem.
"I am sharing this story to inspire every #youth & girl-child out there. They can achieve anything they set their minds to regardless of their humble financial & educational background, skin color, nationality, age, or gender."
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The journey wasn't easy
Promise was quick to note that the journey to obtaining the scholarships was rigorous. She had to deal with 11 rejections after sending out 140 cold emails.
In her words:
"My Journey to obtaining these scholarships was rigorous as I sent 140 cold emails, received 11 rejections & worked my 8-5 Job (sleepless nights)."
She met a life coach
The young lady met a LinkedIn influencer and life coach identified as Wilfred Asuquo, who educated her about US scholarships and statement of purpose.
"First, I met Wilfred of Zeed Worldwide, who educated me about US scholarships, Statement of purpose & has become my #Lifecoach."
Promise, who is a first class graduate of computer engineering, later met some people who were also instrumental in securing the scholarships. The young lady expressed gratitude to them for their support.
She also acknowledged the contribution of First Class Leaders Network where she received tremendous supports.
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Promise also expressed gratitude to Education USA, Dr kelechukwu and Isaac Udotong for their supports.
In her words:
"In Nov, I won the MT Scholarship by Dr. Michael Taiwo which covered my #IELTS, Transcript, & 2 application fees.
"My MT mentors, Akinbiyi, Oluseun & Oyakhi provided guidance. Oyakhi reviewed all my documents & encouraged my applications to the top schools. I reached out to Dr. Kelechukwu of DEKEMP, who reviewed my SOP & has supported me since then."
Speaking with Legit.ng's Tunde Ososanya, the young lady said resuming at Princeton University is a dream come true for her, adding that she was so excited when she stepped foot in the institution.
In her words:
"I was so excited the day I got here. This was exactly what I prayed for. I remembered praying during my application using a Princeton university photo as a point of contact."
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According to Promise, it was a defining moment for her as it reinforced her belief that everything is possible through perseverance and hard work.
"It also dawned on me that I have entered a new stage of my life. At the same time, I had mixed feeling because I miss my family and friends back in Nigeria."
Graduating with first class from the University of Benin
Promise said graduating with a first class from the University of Benin wasn't an easy journey, adding that she had to sacrifice a lot of pleasure and outings to focus on her academics.
In her words:
"I spent more time at the library and night classes than I spent in my room. It paid off as I secured Shell scholarship. At the same time, I held several leadership positions in my department, faculty and campus fellowship."
Fielding question on whether she would return to Nigeria after studies in the US, the young lady responded in the affirmative.
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In her words:
"My research will be focused on improving maternal health through Artificial Intelligence (with emphasis on the applications of different machine learning frameworks).
"I got this inspiration after I discovered how maternal death is prevalent in the Sub-Saharan Africa. So, I will definitely maintain my ties with Nigeria."
Social media celebrates Promise
Wilfred Asuquo said:
"Zeed Worldwide seeds are spreading around the world. Thank you Promise Ekpo Osaine for making me proud. My hardwork and time invested in you paid off. I am extremely proud of you. I am confident you will conquer and raise that Nigeria flag high."
Bayode Oluwamoyewa wrote:
"God knows I'm proud of you, Promise Ekpo Osaine. God who has started well with you on this journey will end it well with you. Congratulations."
Elvis Onyedikachi KAWEDO commented:
"This is really huge, Promise Ekpo Osaine. Congratulations!"
Prosper Chukwudi wrote:
"Congratulations Promise Ekpo Osaine."
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Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian man identified as Onyeka S. Chukwudozie took to social media to celebrate his achievements after bagging six PhD scholarships abroad.
Taking to his LinkedIn page, Onyeka who graduated with a first class from the University of Lagos said he has started his PhD in biological sciences (virology) at the University of California, San Diego.
The scholarships didn't come on a platter of gold for the young man who disclosed that there were countless rejections over the years.
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