The professor, Ifeanyi Obi, who narrated his story on Linkedin, stated that he was among the poorest students in his undergraduate class in Nigeria due to personal issues and a prophecy of a prophet claiming he will never achieve academic success. Obi bagged his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Building Technology from the University of Nigeria (UNN), South-East, Nigeria. He however graduated with a second-class lower degree making his future a challenging stive.
According to Ifeanyi, he was only 8 when he got a prophecy that he will never do well academically, adding that it broke him because he wanted to be a professor.
In his words: “I was only 8 years old, when a Prophet my dad called to pray boldly declared I will never do well academically. That I should be sent straight to learn trade. My fragile mind could not handle that prophecy as I wanted to become a Professor and I wept bitterly. “All through my studies I fought this prophecy. It wasn’t easy. Every time I failed a subject, something will say to me “maybe he was right after all. Standing today as an associate Professor is a great personal testimony to me. After I became a Professor, my dad had to apologise for almost ruining my vision as a young kid.
Not only did I become a Professor, I achieved that at a record breaking age. If you don’t like it, then don’t accept it. After all it’s written “prophecy shall fail”. God can say, Men can say and You can say but at the end, It is your choice which to follow.“ In an effort to study abroad, Ifeanyi tried applying for scholarships but was severally rejected majorly due to his poor undergraduate performance. “I can’t even count how many times I’ve experienced rejections and denials as I move up life’s ladder. Schools in the UK, USA and Canada rejected my applications for Masters Studies, Scholarships rejections, job applications rejections; name them. But I understood that one acceptance always cancels out several rejections so I kept trying.“