When Opeyemi tweeted about graduating despite all odds, many did not know that her story was more than her tweet.
She lost her mom to a brain tumor in her final year, her dad had died in 2007 and with a heart condition herself, Opeyemi had to be living near a hospital in case anything happened.
Yet, she graduated with a first-class degree in Law, from the University of Lancaster and aims to do her Ph.D.
In a chat with MYSCIENCE, Opeyemi Tiffany Ehimiaghe shares her story and the help she received from siblings, extended family, academic staff, friends, and well-wishers, without which, she couldn’t have finished her course.
SHE TOLD MYSCIENCE,
It’s been one of the toughest years of my life. I lost my mom – my only surviving parent – my family had to come together to pay my final year school fees following the scarcity of foreign exchange and the recession in Nigeria. Also, I had to work to support my living expense and my other day-to-day cost.
I was working three shifts which were very inconvenient for my studies but I had no choice… However, I quit the jobs because I could not keep up with it.
My friends here at Lancaster helped me out financially following my mom’s demise and I really couldn’t have done it without their help.
I want to say a big thank you to all the people who have made a huge contribution to my life. I don’t know what I would have done without the help of as well as academics like Professor James Sweeney and Phil Lawton.
My life has worked out perfectly thanks to the help and support I received at university.
Mum took ill, ran into financial difficulties, then I lost my mum. All in my final year..but I pulled through. This one for you my angel ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8ycGiZ5oUV
— Opeyemi (@tiffany_ehi) July 18, 2017