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82-year-old veteran journalist fulfills his 40-year-old dream, bags Ph.D. in Journalism from UNILAG

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82-year-old veteran journalist, Dayo Duyile, who reported the opening of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 1962, has successfully completed his Ph.D. in Journalism at the school.

A former provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Duyile was a centerpiece at the university’s 53rd convocation ceremony where he was conferred with the doctorate degree.

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The octogenarian described the moment as a 40-year-old dream, stating that the peak would be becoming a journalism professor.

“My intention to have a Ph.D. degree is about 40 years old now. I have been making efforts since I was just between 35 and 45. I had tried to put in for it but unfortunately, one thing or the other would disturb me,” he said.

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Explaining his journey further, he said; “I recall that Michigan State University admitted me for Ph.D. in 1990 and gave me a teaching assistantship along with a scholarship but because I was the Director of Nigeria Institute of Journalism, the Chairman of the board, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, did not permit me to leave the institute for the offer. Then I got another admission to a Canadian University but I couldn’t go due to another engagement.

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“I also got another opportunity at the University of London and I couldn’t go. In fact, I got six opportunities for my Ph.D. during my active career years. So when I retired and I returned home to Ondo State I found that I should have the opportunity to now go back to the university for my Ph.D. because it has been a life ambition to have a Ph.D.”

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Duyile also expressed his joy and gratitude to his wife, friends, lecturers, and family, for supporting and encouraging him through this academic journey.

“My wife has been very supportive. I travel from Ondo to Lagos two times a week for lectures and I would be the first student to be in the classroom. At times, there would be traffic gridlock. Sometimes I would pass through Ijebu-Ode-Epe Road, then to Lekki, and I would then navigate my way to Akoka. It wasn’t easy. The challenge was more about the travels. There was no financial problem,” he said of his wife’s support.

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On other challenges, he said while he didn’t experience any challenges financially, he was however, greatly disappointed with the traffic on the popular Lago-Ibadan expressway. A hurdle he had to conquer every 2-days in a week.

82-year-old veteran journalist fulfills his 40-year-old dream, bags Ph.D. in Journalism from UNILAG

He reiterated the need for materials in Nigerian libraries.

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“Another challenge I encountered is with our libraries. At a stage, I found out there was no material for my research in the country, and not even at the National Archives at the University of Ibadan because I was investigating the emergence of early newspapers in Nigeria.

“So, I had to go to Birmingham University in England. The libraries there have everything about what has been happening in Nigeria since the 17th century. I spent two months in that library and I got the authentic materials I needed,” he said.

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He complained extensively about the lack of a record on Nigeria’s colonialism, the introduction of Christianity as a religion in Nigeria and many more.

Aside being a Director at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos; Duyile also worked with Daily times and Nigerian Tribune. He then worked as the editor of Daily sketch, in Ibadan.

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Duyile currently lectures at Elizade University and Wesley University, both in Ondo state.

Hardworking 42-year-old security guard lady graduates with second class upper

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In a related development, a determined Kenyan lady of a humble background has successfully completed her university education, graduating with flying colours.

The 42-year-old identified as Milkah Mwasi revealed that she had to work as a security guard to fund her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance at the Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology (JKUAT).

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Mwasi who referred to her story as a “long journey of education” made this known via LinkedIn.

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Thanking and attributing her success to God and His grace, Mwasi disclosed that she is “Coming from humble humble family background it’s under God’s grace that I have made it.”

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