- Oluwatosin Likinyo, who recently graduated with distinction from the University of Aberdeen, UK, shares some secrets of her success
- Oluwatosin, among other revelations, said her parents forbade her from watching television at a particular time of the day
- The Nigerian lady also speaks on why she decided to study renewable energy engineering
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In December 2020, Oluwatosin Likinyo became the talk of social media after YEN.com.gh broke the news of her huge achievement in the United Kingdom. Oluwatosin had her master's, graduating with distinction from the University of Aberdeen where she studied renewable energy engineering.
She shared some deep secrets about herself and her success. Read below:
How did your journey into University of Aberdeen state?
My journey to the University of Aberdeen started in 2018 when I attended a British Council Fair and was encouraged by the university’s in-country officer to apply. I got the admission thereafter but deferred for a year. In 2019, I got an offer from the Nigeria LNG Limited to sponsor my study in the university which I accepted. This is a brief, however, a number of applications and tests happened behind the scenes.
Why did you pick renewable Energy of all the courses in the world? Moreover, there is this belief that such courses are mostly for men.
My experience with the substandard energy sector of Nigeria, sparked my strong interest in renewable energy. During my undergraduate studies, my interest was further heightened when I discovered that the energy sector is the largest contributor to climate change and environmental degradation. My discovery was confirmed by the widespread damage caused in the oil-savaged areas (in the Niger-Delta areas) including but not limited to the economic underdevelopment of those areas, the devastation to the ecology, and water pollution. I decided at that time to venture into the renewable energy field hoping to create sustainable and clean solutions to meeting the growing energy demand.
What was growing up like? What experience gave you the belief and hope that you would become an achiever someday?
More like who helped me believe I could be an achiever. My parents, my biggest source of inspiration, always encouraged me to go ahead. Growing up with them was strict but I learned self-control and discipline from them. For example, I grew up not watching TV until homework was done and from that learned to put important things first. In addition, reading about people like Malala, Martin Luther King Jnr., and Nelson Mandela while I was a teenager sparked that possibility mentality in me.
How easy was it as a lady scaling the hurdles to graduate with distinction?
Anyone is capable of succeeding if the right amount of work is put in and with God on your side. Working smart is far better than working hard and to do that, you would need to understand yourself and how you work. Late nights are good study times for some and day study for others. Some are more ‘visual’ readers needing to illustrate or watch videos, others only need to be in lectures. For me, it was early mornings, some late nights, group study and the library. Might I also not forget to add that ‘With God, nothing is impossible’. Literally, with God.
Back here in Nigeria, many students are frustrated. There are either crises between the government and the lecturers or tertiary institutions facing deacreditation of courses by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Would you advise prospective students to seek education outside the country?
For certain career paths or choices, I would advise anyone who can to advance their education in a more developed country because I believe there would be better exposure to latest developments in their chosen fields of study as well as better opportunities career wise. Nevertheless, it is dependent on individual’s goals or career path.
Now that you have graduated in flying colours, what should the society be expecting from you?
I have a personal commitment to create societal change using whatever platform I have. Hence, I am eagerly looking forward to making significant contributions to improving the power sector in developing countries, consequently advancing their economy and improving the quality of living. IMPACT IS THE WATCHWORD.