In Nigeria, one of the very difficult situations students find themselves in is securing admission into tertiary institutions of learning.
Hence, the reason many resort to part time education as a means of catching up with their peers who were lucky enough to advance ahead of them.
But there are some people who have been exceptional in their endeavours and have managed to emerge as doctorate degree holders at the early stage of their lives.
A list of Nigeria’s youngest PhDs has been compiled by Nigerian scholars and it is presented below:
5. Dr Olabisi Adeyemi (Age: 26)
This young intellectual earned her PhD in Botany from the University of Lagos. Though she had maintained a track record of academic success right from her secondary school, she acknowledged that having a PhD at her age, and the record of being the best graduating PhD student, did not come easy.
Born in Lagos Island local government of Lagos state, Dr. Adeyemi attended Girls’ Academy, L/Island where she was the best student in WAEC, with seven distinctions. She proceeded to University of Lagos and graduated with a first class degree in botany in 2006. She completed her PhD in record time in 2012.
4. Dr Opeyemi Shodipe (Age: 25)
This young Nigerian scholar received her bachelor’s degree at 19, from Babcock University. After the mandatory NYSC programme, she entered for a masters at University of Ibadan, graduating best in her department. She capped it with a well-deserved doctorate degree in information science from her alma mater, Babcock University when she was 25.
3. Dr Salihu Dasuki Nakande (Age: 25)
Born in October 1987, he is one of Nigeria’s youngest PhD holders, and arguably the youngest in northern Nigeria. He graduated with a first class degree in information technology from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), North Cyprus at 21. Dr. Salihu completed his Master’s degree at Brunel University, UK. He capped it with a PhD from the same university in 2012.
2. Dr Olaoluwa Hallowed Oluwadara (Age: 24)
Acclaimed as one of Africa’s youngest PhD holders, Olaoluwa is a spectacular Nigerian intellectual and scholar, because of his achievements. He entered university for a bachelor’s degree at 15. He earned two B.Sc degrees in mathematics and physics, from University of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), run simultaneously. He received his master’s degree from the same university.
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