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From Expulsion to Best Graduating Student! Read Tricia Obazele’s Inspiring Story



It’s always inspiring to see how people go on to achieve great things after experiencing failure.

This Instagram user, Tricia Obazele‘s (@trishlina) story is one of such.

Tricia Obazele

After she was expelled in her penultimate year in the university, Tricia didn’t remain down but enrolled again at another university, although with the pain of failure in her heart.

Four years later, she’s the 2015/16 Best Grauating Student of her Department, Faculty, and the University.

That’s how you come back from failure!

Read her story below:

I’ve always  been the type of girl who’s always at a loss for the right words to express myself with but I’ve decided to give it a trial…

Hmmmmmmm. I’m so overwhelmed!!! I’ve had to my share of life’s ups and downs. To sum it, it really hasn’t been easy for me at all…

I remember getting expelled from Covenant University in my 300 level, having to start all over at Veritas University.

I remember wanting to finish school right from the day I resumed there.
I just didn’t know myself anymore…
I became a stranger to myself, you know… all because most of my secondary school mates were married with kids and were working already.

I felt like a disappointment to my family… But then God kept me going….
God never gave up on me….

My parents, sister and brothers never gave up on me…

I decided to channel my pain towards my studies….

I remember studying all night because of one test, assignment or exam!

I remember studying in hunger all because of brokage! Lol

I remember being sick almost everytime! Ulcer wasn’t funny at all…

Despite all these and many more, I wanted to make it, to make MUMMY and DADDY proud… I wanted to make them forget my past mistakes…

Now look, I made it!!! Please tell MUMMY, DADDY, OMO, EHIS and EMMA that I made it…

I graduated with a First Class Degree…
God made it happen.

God told me to work hard and always be a good girl and I tried my best….

Truly, it isn’t how FAR, but how WELL!!! Three Awards, like really???

Best Graduating Student, Accounting Department.

Best Graduating Student, College of Management Sciences

Overall Best Graduating Student
My name, EJEHIYOOKHIN, explains it all

Photo Credit: Instagram – @trishlina


  1. O_o

    March 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Congratulations! That said, I’m not sure emphasizing that you once got expelled and putting that all over the web is a good idea. For grad school and may be some job opportunities, an important question sometimes asked is if you have ever been faced been expelled from an institution or committed a criminal act.

    • yemi

      March 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      yup, but then it depends on the society she’s looking to get employed. forward thinking employers would prefer her for being able to pick herself up and rebuild. it shows determination, perseverance, dedication and commitment which a lot of employers do look for.

  2. Truth-be-told

    March 12, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I believe that is her “grass to grace” story if I may use this phrase in the context of her experience. What she is saying is that she had a bad experience which she has turned around for her own good. So many people may not make a positive come back from what ever mistake that led to her expulsion, but she has. No one is perfect. Anyone can fall, yes. But it is how well one rises after the fall that matters. All the best dear. A company that recognises such hard work and determination will come knocking and if not, who says you cannot be your own boss.?

  3. Cath

    March 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

    She’s telling her story to encourage someone out there.

  4. Daniel

    March 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

    What was her crime in Convenant? Some people online are saying it was for examination malpractice, others said she was going clubbing, i don’t know which to believe. Was she wrongly expelled? Has she changed from the crime she commited or she was just smarter this time, since she probably went 3 years without being caught in the first place. I need answers to my questions. Congratulations to her. I’m happy for her.

    • blackbeatle

      March 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      bottom line is she turned her life around.. well done

    • k. spax

      March 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      She has shared her experience to encourage people who may find themselves in a similar situation and we should really appreciate her courage. I also feel she should respected by not trying to know what her previous mistake was. Otherwise any congrats to her is not genuine.

    • kwinny

      March 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

      @Daniel why, good for you for asking irrelevant questions and this is me being polite. mshewww

    • Anonymous

      March 16, 2017 at 2:39 am

      She was one of those expelled for missing church service in 2012

  5. hauwa

    March 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Good for u girl. Once bitten twice shy. Thank God and ur parents/sponsors especially for second chances. It’s so good that they were willing and able to send you to another private institution soon. There are so many others who never got another opportunity after missing the first. Not to be a downer but I would have been mightily impressed if you had trudged it and made this great comeback at a public university. Congratulations and Go conquer, girl!

    • Curious Joy

      March 13, 2017 at 4:48 am

      I’m a tad confused. What makes a public university more qualified than a private university apart from the obvious things such as cultism and endless strikes, just to mention the most important difference? The lecturers in a public university, are they imported or do they have special types of qualifications that makes them different from the lecturers in private universities? The lecturers in private schools, where they not schooled in this same public schools? Would it make a difference to you if she graduated with this same awards from Yola State University, Federal Polytechnic Oko or Usman Danfodio University versus University of Lagos, University of Ibadan or OAU? Are her awards of a lesser value because she attended a private school? Or you believe she would be incapable of gaining any awards if she attended any of these other public universities you speak of? Do you have proof of the latter?
      One more thing… without meaning to be rude, please what school did you graduate from and what award(s) did you manage to acquire?

    • SMH

      March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

      SMH. Don’t stylishly downgrade someone’s success and then go on to congratulate them.

    • kwinny

      March 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

      @hauwa nobody wants to impress you shadow

  6. anonymous

    March 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    @daniel, she was expelled with my sister, it was a traumatizing period for us as well, thankfully my sis has finished from the university of lagos. Iw ont mention the reason why, because it is a touching topic. To be expelled from Covenant and graduate from Veritas University is not a small feat. She changed for the better cos i know her.

  7. Obi

    March 13, 2017 at 2:51 am


    – “‘I would have been impressed if you had trudged it and made this great comeback at a public university”.
    This is the most ignorant comment i have heard in 2017 and i have heard a lot.

  8. kesiena

    March 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

    …Because private Univesity degrees are useless abi?
    Newsflash: You’re not only being a downer, but an ignorant one too.

  9. blaquerose

    March 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Go tricia!…to graduate first class from vuna is a great feat.

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