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BellaNaija Celebrates Academic Excellence – Class of 2013: Oluwadara Asinobi



BellaNaija presents “Celebrating You! Class of 2013.” Some months 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.

Oluwadara Asinobi describes herself a “the Igbo girl with a Yoruba name. Born and raised in the ancient city of Ibadan,she had always gone through her education as “an average girl”. Graduating with a second class upper degree from Covenant University, Oluwadara decided to take the next big step in her academics – a Masters Degree in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Thrown into unfamiliar terrain, Oluwadara proved that she was a fighter and a go-getter. Her story is truly inspiring. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Off to Aberdeen
I knew the next step was my Masters as my father continuously rang it in my ear and after a while I decided to go for it. The time came after NYSC and I had mixed feelings about leaving the shores of Nigeria to further my education in Aberdeen, Scotland so I pushed my Masters programme from September to January. On my arrival to Aberdeen in January 2012, I was first hit by the cold and asked myself if I was gonna survive.

A Different System of Education
As I started my classes, I was surprised at the ways of teaching and the use of technology. Also, what is taught in class is far-fetched from the assignments given and plagiarism is a serious offence which one can be expelled for. I asked myself…how will I cope? I was so stressed and during one of my exams I passed out which even affected me psychologically as I started thinking I was going to faint in all my exams.

Student with Distinction
Then I had this mediocre mindset and was less interested in some subjects but was encouraged by friends and family. One thing I did was to never miss a class and also grabbed all opportunities available.

My project research on computer programming in children education was innovative and I was invited to present a poster at the University of Nottingham. I had a wonderful supervisor for my project but that came after I told him that I felt he ignored my emails. He then gave me all the assistance needed especially in project writing on how to reference and expatiate with good command of English and at the end of my project, results came out and I got an A!

That was when I realized I was a distinction candidate but was awarded a Merit. I appealed with the help of the student union and boom I was given a distinction. I never thought that was possible because I was so stressed during one of my exams and passed out which even affected my grades but it all turned out well. I was so excited that I knelt down on the road and said God thank you when I got the email. I graduated with a Distinction in Information Engineering in July 2013.

Life After School
Three things I am happy for are the networks I got with renowned companies such as Google and BP. I was awarded a tutorship by British Petroleum and also chosen by Google as part of the top black talent. I have been given a good job as a research associate with one of the universities in UK to do my Masters project on a large scale.

I thank God, family, church(City of God, Aberdeen) and friends for their prayers and support when I thought I couldn’t continue. I’d like to use this medium to encourage people to think outside the box and never be afraid to pursue your dreams as long as you take God with you. The path to success won’t come easy but being focused might move you from average to outstanding.

Lastly, obey your parents as they might just be the perfect people that put you on the path to your inheritance. I know my future is bright and this is just the beginning and if you wanna read my comforting bible verse now is Isaiah 46:4.

If you want to be part of this inspiring and amazing feature or if you know someone who is part of the Class of 2013 who should be featured here, please send an email to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com. We look forward to reading from you and sharing your academic excellence.


  1. Busarni

    September 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

    congrats girl, the motivation i need for my current Msc as well. No pain No gain.

    • Blossom

      September 15, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Cool but where is the part where we get inspired?

    • Busarni

      September 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      @ blossom; its becos of ppl like you they say if you want to hide sth from a nigerian put it in a book. Now run along.

    • Blossom

      September 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Please go and read your book and let us hear word. Finish your master’s before you come and post stupid comments.

    • Busarni

      September 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

      @blossom; i neva insulted you ooh. why are you so vexed. Anyways i will forgive you buh dont act like a thug next time. Oya run along and pound dat yam for me,,,,

  2. A64

    September 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

    More power to you

  3. Smiley

    September 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Well done girl.. More grease to your elbows

  4. Demilade

    September 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Great Job Dara!!!! #AsinobisRock

  5. Jarilyn Asinobi

    September 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    We are proud of you Darastic!!!!!

  6. FlashFlash

    September 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  7. Bucurlarh B

    September 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I see you Dara dearie…so so proud of you.

  8. African Sweetheart

    September 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Love your story! I am very inspired. Well done!

  9. Toyin Asinobi

    September 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Forever making us proud!! We love you!

  10. Impressed

    September 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Such a good story.
    Dara’s mother, Dr Asinobi, (an excellent pediatric nephrologist in UCH) always told medical students back then: “We are training you for export”.
    Not sure if she’s still in that hospital
    Apparently, this is a real example of “charity beginning at home”.
    May God bless any family that gives hope to our country.

    • Just Saying

      October 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Dara’s father, Bon Asinobi was an ex-banking executive at Savannah & Broad Bank.

      Don’t know where he is at present.

  11. Impressed

    September 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Such a good story.
    Dara’s mother, Dr Asinobi, (an excellent pediatric nephrologist in UCH) always told medical students back then: “We are training you for export”.
    Not sure if she’s still in that hospital
    Apparently, this is a real example of “charity beginning at home”.
    May God bless any family that gives hope to our country.

  12. kaka

    September 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    My D baby!!!! This is just one of the little things God can do, he has more to do in your life..

  13. kemi olorunnegan

    September 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats Dara! We are proud of you!

  14. Omon Okpere

    September 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    My Darastic this is just the beginning greater things yet to come

  15. Nesstradamus

    September 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    thank GOD for this story

  16. Chi

    September 15, 2013 at 12:37 am


  17. zoomzoomzoom

    September 15, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Congratulations Dara! Wishing you greater success in future.

  18. Izzy

    September 15, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Congrats my darastic baby…More of God’s blessings Hun

  19. Chinny Asinobi!

    September 15, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Darastic! Always fantastic! We love you

  20. lulusky

    September 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Congrats girl, i just graduated with my BA dis yr nd i was skeptical about goin 4 MBA but now i am more than encouraged nd inspired nd ur bible verse says it all

  21. Tmama(2)

    September 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Baby Gurl, ayam so proud of u, super achievements to come

  22. Tobi Peters

    September 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Awww Dara!!! Super proud of you -your best is yet to come !!!


    September 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

    BIG CONGRATZ DARA!!!!!! I rejoice with you and your family. Missed your beautiful face in ibadan. Greater heights ijn. Lots of love

  24. Tobi Babs

    September 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Darastic in the building. Truly inspiring story, always saw you as an A-student anyways. May I add, she’s one of the most humble ladies I’ve met, and she’s always willing to help.
    Congratz Dara…The path of the just is like a shinning light…Prov 4:18

  25. Oyinda Ojo

    September 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Darastic! I am truly inspired.

  26. Fiz Akanni

    September 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Congrats Dara!!!
    This is just the beginning, keep shining!
    Proud to be your ex-classmate (let the famzing

  27. temilola Ayeni

    September 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Darastic! am proud of you girl,your best is yet to come.

  28. ttt

    September 20, 2013 at 12:14 am


  29. evezi oniko

    September 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Darizzle!! i’m really proud of you. This just the beginning of the great future God has planned for you. Keep holding on to Him, He’ll never let you down! More good news to come babyyy!!!

  30. Tonya Aduku

    September 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    So proud f u Dara dear. Its gd to share ur success stories, so more people can be inspired. Evzi and Tobi Peters I see uuu**

  31. Amy Asinobi

    October 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Yaay!! dats my cousin! Im proud of you…Keep keeping it up:)

  32. Akara Elepo

    October 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

    My belly is very sweet for your achievement.Congrats

  33. Akara Olororo

    October 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Good job lady.Am proud of you and your achievements.

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