You may recall that we had earlier reported the story of a Lagos bus conductor who became a PhD holder from the Griffith University Australia. The man took to his Facebook page to share his story with the world and inspire those who are also thriving to achieve their dreams. In his post, Akinalabi explained that while he was working as a conductor in Oshodi area of Lagos state, he slept in a church because he could not afford an apartment.
He expressed hat he also did several uncomfortable jobs just to survive and achieve his dream of studying in one of the best universities in the world. Akinlabi noted that despite all the odd jobs he did, he dedicated two hours a day to studying and going to church. According to Akinlabi, a lot of people who did not believe in him told him to quit trying to go to school but he refused to listen to them.
He advised people to never stop dreaming and develop plans to see their dreams come true. In 2006, Akinlabi had his first degree and graduated top of the class, he bagged his first masters degree in 2010 and the second masters degree in Criminology in 2011. October 2016, the genius man was awarded his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University Australia. He is now a lecturer in criminology at the University of New England in Australia.
Read his full story below:
This is my story: it may be useful to someone out there
20 years ago, the only thing I had was a dream; a dream to have a better future, to break the cycle of poverty, and to study in one of the best universities in the world. Though I had beautiful dreams, the physical resources to meet my heart desires were beyond my reach.
At a particular period, I was homeless and had to sleep in a C&S church despite not being a member, had to work as a “danfo” bus conductor in Oshodi Lagos (Nigerians will understand this), worked 12 hours shift in a factory line without personal protective equipments, did a lot of horrible jobs to survive….
Despite all these challenges, I dedicated at least 2 hours each day to develop myself – studying, reading biographies, trekking miles to attend church conferences in Lagos, spend hours in the study of the Bible, praying, fasting and in vigils….
I was told several times to quit trying. I was told to stop dreaming. I was misjudged without listening to my story. But I refused to quit.
To keep the story short, in 2006 I had my first degree and I graduated top in my class, though I was denied first class at the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan. In 2010, I had my first master’s degrees, also graduated one of the top students in my psychology class. Same year, I had a full scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge and I graduated in 2011 with my second master’s degree in Criminology.
In October 2016, I was awarded a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University Australia. I was privileged to complete my studies on a full international scholarship from Australian Government/Griffith University. I had my official graduation ceremony in December 2016.
Today, to the glory of God, I’m a lecturer in criminology at the University of New England in Australia.
May I use this opportunity to thank Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Australian Government, and Griffith University for their generosity. I hope someday I’ll be able to give back to support other students to achieve their dreams.
I would like to encourage every man and woman out there that, “never stop dreaming”. Develop actionable plans to see your dreams come to fruition. I know that with a great dream on your mind, actionable plans to back it up, a strong “never-to-give-up” attitude, and God on your side, you can become whatever you choose to be. And no kings, no lords, no knaves can say you nay.
It may seems late, start all the same. It may seems impossible, don’t be afraid to start. On your journey to significance, many will shout you down or try to redefine your vision, never give them a chance or allow them to distract you.
This is just the beginning, we’re just warming up, let’s meet at the top! Please like my page, follow on instagram (ceo_talkbridge) and Twitter (@DrAkinlabi) so we can keep in touch. I desire to pass this knowledge to the next generation and to others who aren’t satisfied with the statusquo. Together we can change our world for better!
Feel free to share the story; you have my permission
Mike Olu. AKINLABI, PhD