Again, by late last year, the photographs of Obasanjo as he was defending his PhD did trend for some time on the social media and it was clear he had completed his PhD work. Then, on January 20, 2018, at the seventh convocation ceremony of NOUN, Dr Obasanjo emerged one of its  first PhD graduands. So, since he registered in 2006, Dr Obasanjo in spite of his several commitments did not look back until he got his PhD!

The reason for narrating the educational journey of the arguably most accomplished Nigerian is to show that education is a life-long activity that cannot be constrained by age. There is no time one cannot return to school, even in one’s 80’s.

There is something intriguing and impressive about someone as great and accomplished as Chief Obasanjo going through the stage-by-stage process of advanced learning till he reached the pinnacle. There is something fundamental that the young and the old should learn in terms of pursuing one’s academic goals with determination and purposefulness.

Well, the journey to having a PhD would not have been easy for the former President, who was used to giving orders and giving directives.  However, with determination and commitment, he crossed the hurdles, endured the challenges at each stage and the world was watching. He didn’t just wake up one day to graduate; he was following a process till he completed it.

Dr Olusegun Obasanjo is the biggest evidence that age and status are no barriers to education. That one is too old to go school has been proved false and the onus is on everyone to appreciate that a life that is not nourished by continuous learning is dead, even if not buried.

In a country like ours where role models are not many in the public domain, Dr Olusegun Obasanjo has challenged us to seek, to yearn and know more. More importantly, he has also demonstrated that the essence of education is not for mere material purposes like getting a job and gaining a promotion. The essence of education, in Obasanjo’s own words, is to sharpen our brains and strengthen our faith. This means that higher learning is a nourishment for the soul and he whose soul is not nourished and mind not broadened is practically dead.

So, be inspired by Obasanjo.

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10 Responses

  1. Lawal Abdulmajeed

    The former president Olusegun Obasanjo has indeed showed that age shouldn’t be a barrier for you to achieve your dreams.
    As the title of the article says “Be Inspired by Obasanjo”, this is an open call to everyone one out there to note that is never to late to start building on your dreams
    Be like Obasanjo, don’t give up early in life!!

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  2. Lawal Abdulmajeed Temitayo

    The former president Olusegun Obasanjo has indeed showed that age shouldn’t be a barrier for you to achieve your dreams.
    As the title of the article says “Be Inspired by Obasanjo”, this is an open call to everyone one out there to note that is never to late to start building on your dreams
    Be like Obasanjo, don’t give up too early in life

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  3. Lawal Abdulmajeed

    The former president Olusegun Obasanjo has indeed showed that age shouldn’t be a barrier for you to achieve your dreams.
    As the title of the article says “Be Inspired by Obasanjo”, this is an open call to everyone one out there to note that is never to late to start building on your dreams
    Be like Obasanjo, don’t give up too early in life

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  4. Olympus Ade-Banjo

    What the former President may mean a spiral of things to a vast diversity of spectators but the Most prevalent for me is the message He wants to pass to Nigerians that ‘STUDENTS’ is not the same as ‘CHILDREN’ and so Tertiary Institution should create an Learning environment where any Citizens irrespective of Age and Status should learn comfortably without their self dignity undermined.

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  5. Joshua Deborah OPEYEMI

    Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo had always been a source of inspiration to many including me, I can remember the good things he did while he was in power, hardly have I ever heard all his bad attitudes when he was the President of Nigeria. Obasanjo was said to be a son of a good woman who prayed for him till he reached his peak of greatness. It was during his time that a move was made over Nigeria debts, he even implemented a law “Debt forgiveness” ,where by He practically confessed that Nigeria can’t pay back all those debts but rather, we should be forgiven and the debts cancelled. It was done and from there Nigeria started saving up her excesses. He also made a move over telecommunications, and many more things
    So if a man who had inspired me this much can earn his ph.d, then what should stop me from pursuing my own career to the very peak

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  6. Adeyeye Adebusola

    Dreams become reality through determination, staying focused and motivated. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo accomplished his desires through determination, he was focused and he didn’t give up on himself. Nothing should stop anyone from achieving his or her dreams. Don’t get distracted, be inspired.

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  7. Olamikun

    Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has demonstrated that there is no age limit when it comes to education. I am indeed impressed Baba! His passion and drive towards reinventing himself even after accomplishing so many great things is indeed remarkable! Perharps in the long run, his achievements would encourage the youth to pursue their educational dreams to the highest possible level irrespective of their age or background.

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  8. Suleiman abdulwaheed olamilekan

    The former president olusegun obasanjo has really lay the foundation for the young ones that age is not a shortcoming for you to succed in life… Will really hope we the young ones follow the legacy been layer down.

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  9. Kayode Ayoola

    The former president has indeed backed up the saying that goes “it isn’t how far but how well”. It’s never too late to achieve anything in life as long as you set your mind at it. Think, Believe and never give up.

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