They Didn’t Even Think She Could Finish Secondary School, But Now She Has A Doctorate Degree


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On the 8th of March, comedienne and actress, Helen Paul was conferred with a doctorate degree by the Senate of the University of Lagos. The artist who posted congratulatory messages on her Instagram page is clearly excited at her latest achievement.

“In my family, no one believed that I would complete secondary school education let alone attend university. My mother always told me that if I finished from secondary school with good grades, she would kill a cow because I was very restless and playful,” she told PUNCH in an interview.

“When I finished from secondary school and took my result to her, I demanded my cow but she was not forthcoming so I asked for a chicken, but she simply told me she had cooked rice and that I should go and eat it. To motivate me the more, she said that I should complete my university education, and that is when she would believe that I had really achieved a feat in life,” she added.

However, gaining an admission into the university didn’t come easy. While she failed the first time, she lost the second admission she got at the University of Ilorin. At her third trial, she was admitted into the University of Lagos.

To impact life and make people know the value of education and the culture of constant learning, Helen decided to further her education, even though it was hard combining studies and work as she almost gave up many times.

Despite having a PhD, Helen noted that she did not get a PhD to necessarily become a lecturer. She also would prefer people continue calling her Helen Paul and not Dr Helen Paul ‘because nothing has changed about me’.

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  1. Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    March 18, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    They ain’t your God dearie

  2. Abraham Sie Joseph

    Abraham Sie Joseph

    March 18, 2019 at 4:42 pm


  3. Christy Uloba

    Christy Uloba

    March 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Same here dearie but God alone have the final say

  4. Nkem Masi Paingha-Joshua

    Nkem Masi Paingha-Joshua

    March 18, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations Helen.

  5. Oyibo Cassandra Edesiri

    Oyibo Cassandra Edesiri

    March 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Congratulations helen

  6. Blessing Asuquo

    Blessing Asuquo

    March 18, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulation Helen
    More grease to ur elbows

  7. Agumadu Cynthia Sandra

    Agumadu Cynthia Sandra

    March 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Congrats honey ,am on the second degree matter now ,i would get there soon ,i want to pass through all stages ,u motivate me

  8. Ayowande Ogunnaiya Olatunji

    Ayowande Ogunnaiya Olatunji

    March 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I thank God for u.keep soaring higher Helen

  9. Hauwaty Usman Hauwaty Usman

    Hauwaty Usman Hauwaty Usman

    March 18, 2019 at 5:56 pm


  10. Hannah Umar

    Hannah Umar

    March 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Show the Naysayers better than you can tell them. God is great 🙌

  11. Princess Eunyce

    Princess Eunyce

    March 18, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Hannah Umar just the same way you guys use to tell me

  12. Oleka Nkechi

    Oleka Nkechi

    March 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations my dear

  13. Foluke Ojo Ademarati

    Foluke Ojo Ademarati

    March 18, 2019 at 9:28 pm


  14. Adanma Jovita Dimaku Duru

    Adanma Jovita Dimaku Duru

    March 18, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Congrats dear

  15. Angela Amoge

    Angela Amoge

    March 18, 2019 at 10:31 pm


  16. adaoma2008@yahoo.com'


    March 19, 2019 at 10:08 am


  17. Tawfeeqah Bint Da

    Tawfeeqah Bint Da'hud

    March 19, 2019 at 11:01 am


  18. Dangiwa Aisha

    Dangiwa Aisha

    March 19, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations! It’s not how far but how well.

  19. Aderonke Abdul

    Aderonke Abdul

    March 22, 2019 at 12:52 am


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