Adeola Olubamiji – Former street pepper seller earns Ph. D in Biomedical Engineering

Nigerian Becomes First Black Woman To Bag A Ph.D In Biomedical Engineering From A Canadian Varsity

Nigeria’s Adeola Olubamiji becomes the First Black Woman to bag a PHD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan Canada.

Raised by a mother who is a farmer and a father who has little,  Adeola Olubamiji, who once hawked pepper on the street of Mokola in Ibadan, Nigeria, has become the first black to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

An elated Dr. Adeola Olubamiji shared the following text of motivation:

” As the 5th child of 5, I always had to wait for my turn. I was the last, and then an African girl. It looked like I won’t amount to much. Today I walked the stage as the first black woman to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Canada!!! Today, I walked for you Mama Africa and for my motherland Nigeria!!!

Today I walked the stage for all of you black women disrespected and looked down on!!!! I walked for all of you from my hood “Mokola” looked down on by the rich kids. I walked for all OSU students and ex-students that got that look from people who think we are not brilliant!! I walked for all of you Africans in Finland wondering what is next for you!! Specially, I walked for you my parents and siblings in fulfillment of your dreams! Specially, I walked the stage for you my late sister Omoleye and my late mentor Ayodeji Olatubosun. Specially, I walked the stage for my entire extended family and friends. Today I walked for my future husband and my unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfill my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to. Today I walked for all immigrants and all young adults who strive everyday chasing their dreams!!! Today I walked in celebration of the unfailing love of my first and one truly true love Jesus Christ (in you I walk, in you I live and in you I have had and will continue to have my being)!!!

Be bold, be innovative, be different, be you, be everything you want to be but remember to put God first!!! Let no man, upbringing, money, circumstance, colorism, past mistakes, institution, company, partner, background, let nothing tell you you can’t do it. Go smart! Go hard!! Go for gold!!! Go with God!!! Just get going!!! ”

Dr Adeola Olubamiji earned her first degree in Physics & Electronic in Nigeria between 2004 – 2008 at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ogun State. She then proceeded to the Tampere University of Technology in Finland where she bagged her Masters in Biomedical / Medical Engineering between 2009 – 2011 and finally she headed to University of Saskatchewan, Canada where she got her PHD (2012-2016)


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