Social Media Celebrates Woman who Fought Varsity Injustice for Many Years as She's Called to Bar

Social Media Celebrates Woman who Fought Varsity Injustice for Many Years as She's Called to Bar

  • A Nigerian woman has been hailed on social media for her doggedness in challenging the injustice perpetrated by the University of Ilorin
  • The woman identified as Rasheedat Adeshina was called to bar after going back to school to study law at the University of Ibadan
  • Before going back to study law, she had studied Industrial Chemistry at Unilorin but her results were withheld because of her fight with the university authorities

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A Nigerian woman identified as Rasheedat Adeshina has been celebrated on social media following her call to bar many years after fighting the University of Ilorin's injustice.

How it all started

Rasheedat, who gained admission to study Industrial Chemistry in Unilorin in 1995 became the assistant secretary-general of the school's student union in 1997.

Rasheedat Adeshina has been called to the Nigerian bar
Rasheedat Adeshina has been celebrated on social media for her doggedness. Photo credit: Azuka Onwuka
Source: UGC

Taking to Facebook to tell the woman's story, Nigerian writer Azuka Onwuka said the vice-chancellor, Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem Oba in 1998 banned the students union and introduced an astronomical increase in school fees.

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This was met with a protest and many of the protesting students were arrested and imprisoned at the Oke Kura Maximum Security Prison in Ilorin for 36 days.

Rasheedat's problem began

Rasheedat escaped being arrested but was victimised by the school authorities which suspended her. She challenged the suspension at the court of law and won but the school was hellbent on frustrating her by preventing her to sit for exams.

She returned to court to get a committal order, and despite sitting for exams, her results weren't released and she frequented the court of law for many years challenging this injustice.

Studying law at the University of Ibadan

In 2010, ten years after graduating and without a certificate, Rasheedat decided to go back to school to study law.

In her words:

“The only course of study that came to my mind then was law. This was not accidental, because I have been in and out of courts and law chambers throughout my stay in the University of Ilorin.”

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On Thursday, July 29, Rasheedat was called to bar.

Social media celebrates the fierce fighter

Holaryiworlah Yousouph said:

"Fierce and courageous. Need many of her in Nigeria."

Ogbu Ambrose commented:

"University should be high point of civilization but that school is Talibanic. Congratulations Madam."

Adebola Akande wrote:

"Wow! A dogged fighter for justice. Kudos to an Amazon!"

Osunkwo Geraldine Ijeoma said:

"Love ur courage and doggedness Ma."

Man bags PhD at 75 after getting his MBA at 67

In other news, a Ghanaian man identified as George Ayisi-Boateng has inspired social media with his achievement after bagging his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, at the age of 75.

Ayisi-Boateng was celebrated on Facebook by a Nigerian man, Olumide Olusanya, who disclosed that the former had his bachelor's degree at the age of 64 and an MBA at 67.

Olusanya wrote:

"His name is Dr George Ayisi-Boateng PhD. Bachelor’s Degree at 64 years and MBA at 67 years."


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