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BellaNaija Celebrates Academic Excellence – Class of 2013: Oluwatosin Osoko



BellaNaija presents “Celebrating You! Class of 2013.” A few weeks ago, we called for submissions of graduating students who had excelled in their course of study. We acknowledge the fact that everyone who has graduated this year is a winner. We, therefore, want to celebrate people who have gone over and above the norm. People who have gotten meritorious distinctions and awards from their institution of study. We hope that you are inspired and we look forward to receiving more entries.

To kick off this series we present Oluwtosin Osoko. Tosin was a student of University of Maryland University College. She got a Master of Business Administration degree and was awarded the President’s scholarship.

Three reasons why Tosin should be celebrated.
1. My last semester pursuing my dual degree program at University of Maryland was not what I had dreamed of – my mum who was my biggest cheerleader and a huge supporter of education was diagnosed with end stage cancer. 2 weeks into my last semester and unsure if I would be able to finish, I returned to Nigeria in September, 2012 to spend time with her. As sick as she was, she insisted I return and finish my class. Faced with the thought of losing my mum, the financial difficulties of paying for her treatment and the everyday stress of working full time and taking classes full time, it was definitely the most challenging time in my life. I did return to the U.S. and I completed the class. My mum eventually passed away on the 3rd of January, 2013 three days after I returned again to Nigeria  to spend time with her. I graduated on May 11th 2013, and as I walked across the stage, I chose not to think of the pain of losing her but to savour the memories we shared, knowing she was smiling down and was very proud of me.

2.I graduated with a G.P.A of 3.85.

3. I was awarded the President’s Scholarship from 2011-2012

Fun Fact: This is my second Masters degree. I graduated on May 12 2012 with a Master Of Science in Management Degree


  1. marvel

    June 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Good on you, SH!! I am proud of you as I am certain your mother would have been. I marvel (cough!) at your strength. God bless you!

  2. rose

    June 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    beautiful with brain…..

  3. parisclub

    June 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    wow! am sure mama is looking down at you from where she is and smiling cos you just made her proud and made black women proud too

  4. Hurperyermie

    June 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    wow congrats

  5. Waaaooo

    June 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Woow woow motivated ! U go girl ! Personal lesson learnt : No excuses for failure;no matter the situation you can always knock failure off ! …[email protected] Oluwatosin the sky is your starting point !

  6. wales

    June 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats on your achievement and may your mother’s soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  7. Seyi

    June 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Wow! You are truly inspiration, I’m sure your mum is proud of you.

    • Seyi

      June 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Forgive the typo please.

      Wow! You are truly an inspiration, I’m sure your mum is proud of you.

  8. pearl

    June 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    aww!!!!!,,,,the lord is your strength!!!…You will soar so high like an eagle…all the best !!

  9. pearl

    June 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    plus..You are pretty!!..

  10. Keeping it real!

    June 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm


  11. cathy

    June 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    i share in your joy babe

  12. Yemi

    June 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Congrats baby..I am extremely proud of you and I am sure mom is too..Love…

  13. Dr Kevwe

    June 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats Miss T.Osoko ;almost same as my story,only ,after a 1st Degree in 06′,I became a Medical Dr in 011′ n my Mum passed 3 Days later;after I had hailed her Mama Dr #smile#

  14. Mz Socially Awkward...

    June 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Congratulations, honey! It must have been hard to deal with your loss and the intensive final year/exams. Your mother’s dreams live on in you & I pray that you achieve more than she dared to hope for her daughter.

  15. fadekemi

    June 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I couldn’t be more happy for you than I am cuz. You make me proud and truly inspire me to do better. I am sure mummy is proud of you. Go ahead with your fine self gurl……loads of love to you

  16. hmm

    June 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations and God bless your future endeavours

  17. Partyrider

    June 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    beauty and brains. Congrats and may mama’s soul continue to rest in peace,amen.
    the world is not ready for you 🙂

  18. zoomzoomzoom

    June 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Congratulations Tosin.Wishing you greater success in future.

  19. Myne Whitman

    June 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Well done, and this is just the beginning!

  20. Efe G

    June 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Go Terp!!

    • aj

      July 9, 2013 at 2:26 am

      she isnt a terp!!! she went to UMUC.

  21. Damilola

    June 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Congratulations! U will continue to excel in all ur Endeavours and Divine Favour shall be ur portion.

  22. X-factor

    June 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm


  23. Kemmy Osoko

    June 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Yaaayyyy!!!! Way to go Sis! Big Momma is sure proud of you and we are too. You are really an Inspiration. God bless and keep you. Huggggssssss

  24. me2

    June 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats honey and am sure momma is smiling down on Ÿ̲̣̣̣̥ø̲̣̣̥u̶̲̥̅̊ with pride, nudging the angels and saying “that’s my baby”. *hugs*

  25. Oluwatosin

    June 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Mistos, we love u. So proud of you!!!

  26. GreenDiamond

    June 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm


  27. I Rock

    June 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Congrats dear. I believe your mom will be smiling down on you. Remain blessed.

  28. sunnshine

    June 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    congratulatins ms pretty……more great things ahead!!!!

  29. Sarah Adebayo

    June 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Oh! so sad! what v brave young woman! may your mum soul rest in peace!

  30. choclate

    June 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations girl!! May the good Lord continue to take u to higher heights above what u can ever imagine in Jesus’ name! men 🙂

  31. tbn

    June 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Awesome! Well done and congratulations.

  32. Mma

    June 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    So smart. Well done hun!

  33. comment awaiting moderation!

    June 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I couldn’t help but to noticed the ” flip flop slipper,the white chick wore on her graduation day….oyibo can sure live a simple life

  34. Naija talk

    June 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations Tosin! Continue to soar high. BN there is no University of Maryland, Adelphi USA. It’s either College Park, Baltimore, University College or Eastern Shore. Please make the correction

  35. salsera

    June 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    dual masters? wow

  36. Rukky

    June 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I bow down o

  37. ms.vivian

    June 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    God’s hand is truly workin on u. Congrats sis, we r proud n happy for u. Ur mum soul is at rest with joy u brought to her. May her soul rest in perfect peace

  38. Chika**

    June 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Congratulations to her!!!

  39. Sylvia

    June 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations and I am sure your mum is very proud of you.

  40. NNENNE

    June 15, 2013 at 2:25 am


  41. Princess Dee

    June 15, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Good job! Congratulations girl…..

  42. Tolani

    June 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Go Tosin; so proud of you girl. Congrats again!!!

  43. Miz

    June 15, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Well done! You will go far by God’s grace

  44. Theresa Omoronyia

    June 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Wow and wow! Truly inspiring…indeed there are no excuses for failure. May your dear mum continue to R.I.P.

  45. Mercy Me

    June 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Congratulations Mistos! We are so proud of you! Keep the great work up, your best is yet to come. Big Mummy is so also very proud of you!!!! Mwah!!

  46. R

    June 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats! May God continue to take you higher and higher

  47. Staystrong

    June 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    God bless you oluwatosin(The God that you worship) will continue to be your source of strength. Congratulations. You are beautiful and intelligent. I’m sure, she’s smiling down on you with such pride. Keep shinning dear and keep God first.

  48. Nikki

    June 16, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Congratulations!!!!! more power to your elbow and may God take you to greater heights! May your mum continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen.

  49. Aduks

    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Glad haters haven’t seen dis. All the best dear

  50. Yinka Ademola

    June 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats Tosin! May God bless your mum’s soul. She must be proud to have raised a brilliant, strong and beautiful daughter like you. You are a star!

  51. loveth .O

    June 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Beauty with Bring Congratulations

  52. loveth .O

    June 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Brain i meant

  53. HRS

    June 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Congratulations Dear! So strong! May your Mum’s soul rest in peace… God bless u for keeping your dream alive and not falling in your trying time…

  54. Tosin Osoko

    June 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the kind words and best wishes. Indeed, there is nothing you cannot achieve if you set your mind to it and I hope my story inspires someone out there. I say Amen to all your prayers as well. Thanks to Bella Naija team for posting this. Bella Naija rocks!!!

  55. olu

    June 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I wonder Tinaude Okoro, who graduated with the highest grade in University of Legon School of Medicine, Ghana and received 16 out of 22 awards was not featured in Bella Naija. Is it because there was no exchange of money?

    Meanwhile, congratulations, Tosin. This is just the beginning for you.

    • Atoke


      June 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Hello Olu,

      We put out a call for interested persons to send us an email. Please click on the link embedded in the first paragraph of this post.

      This feature is not a paid content.

      Thank you for visiting BellaNaija.

    • Idak

      June 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Exchange of money? A poverty induced assumption.

  56. Miss Anonymous

    June 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    A big hug from me!

  57. Silver Fox

    July 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hey girl, truly proud of you and sorry about the loss of your dear departed mother. Always keep your head high and continue to believe in yourself, and I know your mom will continue to look down and smile upon you, and you would continue to have your dad by your side. Congratulations omo Osoko.

  58. Adedoyin Odewale

    February 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    So proud of you Oluwatosin, Big mummy is surely proud of your achievement. May her soul continue to rest in peace. A wonderful mother indeed.

  59. Stephen Osoko

    March 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Awesome stuff!
    Very nize.
    Did you feel it in your braim?

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