Rasheedat Adeshina wrote her final exams at the University of Ilorin in 2000, but she did not get her certificate until November 2015. She has spent over fourteen years in and out of court against the University to get her certificate.
Rasheedat as the Assistant Secretary General of the Student Union had participated in a series of protests to fight for better welfare for students who were living in deplorable conditions. It was during the massive clamp-down on student activism, and many students were arrested and imprisoned at the Oke Kura Maximum Security Prison in Ilorin. Rasheedat escaped being arrested, but was declared wanted by the police.
She was later suspended from the University, but with a court order, she was able to go back to write her exams.
With the aid of John Olushola Baiyashea & Co, a reputable legal firm in Ilorin, she again went to court to challenge the suspension and won. But the University Authorities refused to abide by the court order. She said: “I had to go back to court to get a committal before I could be allowed to sit for exams. Whenever I had an exam, I would go into the exam hall with the court order. My final year examination in the year 2000 started and ended in this manner. Whenever anybody tried to stop me, I would take out the court order and asked the person to sign that he/she was disobeying the court order.” She said in an interview with Vanguard.
However, despite successfully completing her studies and passing her exams, the University administration refused to release her final statement of result and degree. This began a legal and political battle with the University to get her certificate which was finally released in November 2015.
The released certificate indicates that Rasheedat Adesina graduated in 2015 instead of 2001.
Rasheedat who is now married with children says, “outside struggle I am nothing. I wine and dine in struggle. My family lives in struggle, my husband is an activists and this brings a perfect harmony to my life and struggle”.