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Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by SiggyNG: 6:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
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Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli, despite being blind has bagged her doctorate degree on Wednesday, November 17, from the University of Ibadan (UI), becoming the 1st visually impaired person to bag that degree from the institution.

Taking to Facebook, her sister, Nnena Okoli, shared photos of the graduand as she gave all the glory to God for Ifeoma’s achievements. In the photos she shared, she could be seen in her graduation gown.

She said :

An Achievement Worth Celebrating.

On November 17, 2021, Dr. Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli, joined hundreds of other graduands that were formally conferred with a doctorate degree at the 73rd convocation ceremony of Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

Among those that were conferred with the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, Dr. Okoli stood taller than the rest because of her unique achievement.

Despite what many would ordinarily consider a disability, Dr. Ifeoma Okoli has proven that no physical disability can stop anyone from attaining one’s dreams or goals, if and only if one sets one’s mind to doing so.

Though visually impaired, that is, blind, Dr. Ifeoma Okoli has with a single-minded determination and resilience climbed from the lowest academic ladder to the highest academic ladder, a feat that even many who do not suffer such impairment cannot achieve.

This is, indeed, an achievement worth celebrating because Dr. Ifeoma Okoli has made history as the first visually impaired woman to earn a doctorate degree in Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan, as well as the first visually impaired PhD degree holder in her home state, Anambra state.

This, then, calls for a huge “owambe” party.

But who is Dr. Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli?

Dr. Ifeoma Okoli is the first child of late Mr. Obiabusi Vincent Okoli and Mrs. Ijeoma Beatrice Okoli both from Ezihu village, Igboukwu, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Dr. Ifeoma spent most of her years in Abakaliki where her parents lived and worked.

Her life took a strange twist in 1985 when she was forced to drop out of school at the commencement of her final examination in secondary school.

Dr. Ifeoma had been battling with failing eyesight due to a degenerative eye disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa.

As expected, her parents took her to several eye clinics in quest for a remedy, but unfortunately none was found.

While writing her final papers, she realized that she had almost completely lost her sight.

One can imagine how devastating this experience must have been for a young girl who not only loved education but had been promised by her parents to train her up to the university level.

The loss of her eyesight seemed like the end of a dream.

After the initial phase of non-acceptance, sorrow and pain, Dr. Ifeoma Okoli, through the assistance of a cloistered nun enrolled at St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, Obudu, Cross River State.

There she acquired the requisite skills that will enable her pursue her academic dreams.

Armed with this skill, Dr. Ifeoma Okoli resolved to pursue her academic studies to the highest possible level.

This resolve is what is being celebrated as she is conferred with a doctorate degree in Special Education.

Dr. Okoli’s achievement may be seen by many as nothing short of a miracle, and indeed, it is a miracle.

But it is also a story of the enormous human capacity or potentials which God has lavishly endowed every one of us.

When called forth, these potentials can propel one to the highest pinnacle of success.

Dr. Okoli’s achievement is a proof that one is capable of succeeding despite the oddities of life.

Her success validates the statement that noting is impossible for those who dare to dream and believe.

Her story and success is a signpost for all whose circumstances in life may seem unfavorable.

But Dr. Ifeoma’s success would not have been possible without the generous support of her family, friends, colleagues, teachers, and all those who believed in her dream and who journeyed alongside with her.

This goes to show that we do need others to succeed.

Her success is, therefore, our success.

And for this reason we should roll out the drums to and pop bottles of wine to celebrate the success of our sister.
https://www.facebook.com/nneka.okoli.9/posts/4672096606207517

The doctorate degree holder battled failing eyesight for long as she had a disease called retinitis pigmentosa and lost her sight in secondary school during her final examinations. The woman was nurtured at the St Joseph Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind, Rivers state.

With the required skill to succeed, Ifeoma resolved that she was going to become the best she could be academically and she succeeded.

https:///blind-woman-bags-phd-from-the-university-of-ibadan-photos/

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by SiggyNG: 6:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by SiggyNG: 6:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
Congratulations Mama
Reminds me of that song we sing in primary school… “Some have eyes but cannot see, some can see but have no eyes… grin

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Baawaa(m): 6:26pm On Nov 20, 2021
Congratulations
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by TheTourist: 6:45pm On Nov 20, 2021
THE ONES WEY GET EYES NO DEY SEE ROAD shocked

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Hadone(m): 6:59pm On Nov 20, 2021
Welcome development. She reminds me of the Kano blind teacher who recently got a job and a House. Very talented person

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Jodumm08(m): 6:59pm On Nov 20, 2021
There is abilities in disability

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by lkillbrokehoes: 6:59pm On Nov 20, 2021
Congrats to her
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by adehadex(m): 7:00pm On Nov 20, 2021
U are your only limitation

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Timagex(m): 7:00pm On Nov 20, 2021
What an achievement.

But, some people who are better off physically have resorted to begging on the streets. It is well.

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by SeriouslySense(m): 7:00pm On Nov 20, 2021
smiley smiley smiley

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by GoldenSpec: 7:00pm On Nov 20, 2021
Ability in disability sad
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by ecolime(m): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
GoldenSpec:
Ability in disability sad
Jodumm08:
There is abilities in disability
Ride on Pastors

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by GrammarNazi1(m): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
Jodumm08:
There is abilities in disability

Truly?

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by FutureIsFemale(f): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
SiggyNG:
Update from

Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli, despite being blind has bagged her doctorate degree on Wednesday, November 17, from the University of Ibadan (UI), becoming the 1st visually impaired person to bag that degree from the institution.

Taking to Facebook, her sister, Nnena Okoli, shared photos of the graduand as she gave all the glory to God for Ifeoma’s achievements. In the photos she shared, she could be seen in her graduation gown.

She said :


https://www.facebook.com/nneka.okoli.9/posts/4672096606207517

The doctorate degree holder battled failing eyesight for long as she had a disease called retinitis pigmentosa and lost her sight in secondary school during her final examinations. The woman was nurtured at the St Joseph Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind, Rivers state.

With the required skill to succeed, Ifeoma resolved that she was going to become the best she could be academically and she succeeded.

https:///blind-woman-bags-phd-from-the-university-of-ibadan-photos/
The females are succeeding regardless. The first on was a deaf. The males would have excuses not to excel if they were in their shoes.

Truly the FUTURE is FEMALE

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Judolisco(m): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
Dis kind of news dey sweet my belle... Kudos

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by TenQ: 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
So beautiful.
Cheers and more grace mam
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by SultanOfPuna: 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
Good
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by RealLordZeus(m): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
No be small feat abeg coz ordinary PGD, i don reason the admission more than 3 years now, one story or the other when its time to pick form.

Anyway make we thank the parents as well coz na their purse push the ministry
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by ThePeaceMan(m): 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Promosaver: 7:01pm On Nov 20, 2021
wink congrats
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Makib2020(m): 7:02pm On Nov 20, 2021
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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by fourboys: 7:03pm On Nov 20, 2021
She tried,, this is good cool
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Nilx: 7:03pm On Nov 20, 2021
Congratulations ma’am
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Mastakija(m): 7:03pm On Nov 20, 2021
U say wetin

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Stronghold91: 7:03pm On Nov 20, 2021
wonderful

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by Damseldammie(f): 7:03pm On Nov 20, 2021
Congratulations
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by pretydiva(f): 7:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
There's an ability in every disability
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by GoldenSpec: 7:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
It shall be well with u my son/daughter grin
ecolime:

Ride on Pastors

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by nienam(f): 7:04pm On Nov 20, 2021
wonderful, see determination
Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by ahnie(f): 7:05pm On Nov 20, 2021
She's cute and also blessed with a beautiful smiles
Congratulations ma'am.

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Re: Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli: Blind Woman Bags PhD From The University Of Ibadan (Photo) by GiftedTitty(f): 7:05pm On Nov 20, 2021
shocked
Thats it! Nothing can hold you down if you dare to dream BIG..... Even with an hearing impairment I'm still making deans list and never carried any course.... But the thing you see is, people with disabilities need people, and I mean people with positive vibes... When I got to FUTA I met this girl who writes every and any thing the teacher says. Even if lecture says OK she'll pen it down grin. I didn't even think twice I bonded with her. This girl plus the youtube video I watch helped me up to 300 level. Imagine I tried going through school all alone tongue... I'm very happy for her and I congratulate her on her achievement but I congratulate her more on the fact that she has people in her life who are willing to encourage her, people who not only believe in her dreams but would also do anything to help her achieve them... Once again congrats madam, keep soaring higher.

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