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Education / Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu: I Wrote SSCE 17 Times - Corper Reveals Why by CampusPressNG: 3:16am On Dec 02, 2019
I wrote SSCE 17 times because I wanted to pass without cheating – Corps member

One of Nigeria’s highly inspiring true life stories is that of Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, a Kogi-born Batch B Stream II Corps member serving in Kwara State. Ahmadu, an award winning voice-over artiste, Nollywood actor, anti-depression and suicide advocate, is a graduate of mass communication from University of Benin (UNIBEN).

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The story of his determination to succeed at all costs was aptly demonstrated when he wrote his Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) 17 times before he gained admission into UNIBEN. In this interview, Ahmadu speaks on his life.

How did you write SSCE 17 times and passed before you gained admission?

I survived through the grace of God. The journey started when I was at a tender age and everything was rosy in the family; then the situation turned sour and family crisis began. My father and mother separated due to irreconcilable differences. That was when my crisis started. I attended 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools between 2010 and 2014 due to persistent family crisis which caused me psychological and mental imbalance, leading to SSCE attempts before I finally passed after the 17th attempt in 2014.

The examinations I sat for included WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NECO GCE and JAMB that ushered me into the university. During the period of writing O’ level examination, I endured the pain to keep attempting each exam yearly with the sole aim of passing without cheating, despite pressures to succumb. This is because I knew succumbing to malpractice would cause me more harm than good, considering the psychological and mental effects of being enrolled in several schools and learning under different teachers.

I studied to the best of my knowledge but, in the end, I kept failing until God gave me breakthrough in 2014. Prior to when I finally passed SSCE, I enrolled in SSS2 in a school in 2013 when I strengthened my relationship with God and I also fully concentrated on my studies. During the period, I borrowed textbooks and attended private lessons with best students in various subjects and I also got SSCE syllabus from experienced teachers who doubled as my personal tutors. Furthermore, I constantly treated past questions on various subjects and I ensured that I scored higher than previous marks during my personal studies. I also received home tutorials on core subjects with brilliant students and graduates living my neighbourhood.

All these efforts paid-off as I eventually passed all my subjects in flying colours without cheating and got the best result in the school where I enrolled. It was this feat that ushered me into UNIBEN. All along, I had the conviction that I wanted to pass without cheating in order to correct my past and to prepare for a promising future. Today, I am glad that I am a change agent contributing to tackling national and global problems. If I had quit school or succumbed to the pressure to indulge in exam malpractice, which is becoming a norm to many students and youths in Nigeria today, my story would have been different.

What was the family crisis all about?

The family crisis started when I was about seven years old, separating my parents. I saw hell. It was more like a spiritual conflict with physical manifestations. The situation was so terrible that we the children were scared of approaching our father to share our emotions and love with him. The sad experience lasted more than 16 years when our father died despite fasting and prayers to save the situation. Interestingly, my father was a pastor and he was constantly on transfer which, in the end, had dire consequences on the family. Meanwhile, my mother was always relocating with him until she could not do so due to its effect on her life, her children and her job. During this period, I moved from one school to another and the cycle continued until I enrolled in 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools months in two years.

I grew up to understand that my mother showed us more attention, care, godly counselling and love, and took up all responsibilities despite the separation from my father. She spent her salaries as a civil servant, engaged in all types of petty businesses and sometimes went the extra mile to obtain bank loan just to sponsor our education. She ensured that her five children did not go astray despite pressures from family members. My mother also funded the University Matriculation Examination which I wrote five times and SSCE which I passed after the 17th attempt, even when she knew that I was not ready to succumb to cheating in line with the godly counselling she exposed us to from tender age.

During the period you were rewriting your SSCE, what was the motivating factor?

One thing that kept me going was my belief system and God’s grace I saw quite a number of my junior colleagues who became master’s degrees’ holders and some were already working while I was still wearing secondary school uniforms to repeat SSS1 & SSS2. But I remain focused to succeed.

What about your parents, teachers and siblings? What roles did they play?

My mother played a great role, although she was at some time frustrated and wept profusely and compared me with other children in the family and with my peers who were making their families proud. She was frustrated by my repeated failures and the shame I was causing her. At a point, she took a bold step to advise me to quit school and invited family members to beg me to consider carpentry or learn a trade rather than for her to continually spend money on an unproductive son. But she never stopped praying and fasting for her children and husband. I technically suffered educational setbacks the most amongst my siblings as a second child in a family of five children. I was repeating class with my junior siblings and teachers would instruct me to meet my siblings for explanation in subject areas where I did not understand.

Teachers nicknamed me Coconut Head because I did not always understand what was being taught in class let alone being able to answer questions and I was fond of taking either the last position or the penultimate grade in my result. During a time I was rewriting my SSCE, our last born was also preparing for his first attempt in same exam at the Federal Government College, while other junior siblings and my elder brother were already in higher institutions. I felt traumatized but I kept hope alive with advice from close associates and people with loving hearts. In the end, I emerged as the first university graduate in the family. And as fate would have it, I was mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) months to when I will turn 30 years which is the age limit for Youth Service. I have no doubt in my heart that God orchestrated my story to pass a message to this generation.

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Education / Corps Member Who Wrote O'level 17 Times Preaches Against Depression In Kwara by CampusPressNG: 4:04pm On Oct 07, 2019
A corps member who sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate
Examination 17 times, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as
Mr. Voiceover is presently tackling the menace of hopelessness, trauma, depression and suicide as a personal community development service project across 50 selected secondary schools, 10 selected higher institutions and 4 communities across the senatorial districts in Kwara State.

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NYSC / Trending:Corper Who Wrote O'level Exams 17 Times Tackling Suicide In Kwara State by CampusPressNG: 7:54pm On Sep 16, 2019
One of Africa's highly sensational stories is that of Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr. Voiceover, a graduate from department of Mass Communication in University of Benin (UNIBEN), who hails from Kogi State and has represented his University, Kogi State and Nigeria respectively to bag numerous national and international award competitions, and a current serving corps member in Kwara State, whose inspiring story recently went viral on the internet, served as a source of Inspiration to thons of millions of people worldwide and got him featured on numerous national and international satellite and terrestrial Television Channels, Radio Stations And national newspapers, including on the international television network, British Broadcasting Commission (BBC), ongoing on 'Great Big Story' on CNN on his educational ordeals and setbacks on how he enrolled into Sixteen (16) primary schools, attended Fourteen (14) secondary schools, repeated junior and senior classes severally, lost his Dad along the line, took the University Matriculation Exams Five (5) times and wrote o'level exams seventeen (17) times before he secured admission into the University, all due to broken home, has deemed it fit to extend his ongoing nationwide campaign against depression and suicide to Kwara State.


Mr Voiceover has on September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day in Kwara State charged those passing through difficult situation to remain calm and forget suicide thoughts, stressing that suicide can never be a solution to predicaments. His inspiring viral story on how he wrote O'level examinations 17 times is an indication that every problem has solutions and suicidal thought is not the best approach in tackling seemingly difficult situation, revealed this while having a chat with our correspondence on the need to tackle the upsurge of depression and suicide in Nigeria through mental health awareness.
“No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going.
“Remember, your emotions are not fixed, they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week. Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones. There are many things you can still accomplish in your life. There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you, and that you would miss. Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.”
While reacting to question on how to tackle depression and suicidal thoughts, he said the first step in coping with depression is share disturbing thoughts and open up to persons who can share in our burden. According to him, “It may be a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor at the end of a helpline. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. And if the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else. Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope.”
He further revealed his ongoing project by his Non-Governmental Organization, on the Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme ongoing across Nigeria, as well as seeking support on his ongoing full-story book publication to be circulated on global bookstores and adopted by examination bodies to serve as a tool to tackle depression and suicide especially amongst youths, also seeking support to have his story (published book) being adapted into a cinema movie to be shown across the world to serve as a ray of hope to curb the problem of depression and suicide across the world.
He also revealed that his team has commenced national orientation campaign tour across all higher institutions and colleges in Nigeria as a way to tackle the alarming rate of depression and suicide amongst youths in higher institutions and secondary schools in the country.
Meanwhile, he seeks funding, support and collaboration from well-meaning and concerned individuals, government parastatals, NGOs, and mental health agencies in Nigeria and globally to support his vision on reducing the rate of depression and suicide in Nigeria by 50 percent through using his story as a way to give back to the country.

Education / Pathetic: NYSC Mobilises Graduate Who Wrote O'level Exams 17 Times by CampusPressNG: 10:59am On Aug 18, 2019
NYSC / NYSC Mobilizes Graduate Who Wrote O'level Exams 17 Times by CampusPressNG: 9:47am On Aug 18, 2019
Nigeria's Thomas Edison and International award winning graduate from the department of Mass Communication, University Of Benin (UNIBEN), Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known by his Instagram handle @mr.voiceover, whose inspiring succes story recently broke the internet, inspired millions of people globally and got him featured on several national and international media channels worldwide, with the Inclusion of British Broadcasting Corporation; BBC, on how he enrolled into 16 primary schools, attended 14 secondary schools, repeated junior and senior classes severally, lost his Dad along the line, took the University Matriculation Exams 5 times and wrote o'level exams 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University, all due to broken home, yet has been mobilized for the National Youth and Service Corps (NYSC) programme for Batch B, Stream II for 2019.


Mr. Emmanuel Ahmadu, a professional Voice-Over Artiste, Nollywood Actor, Writer, Entrepreneur and humanitarian, who will be thirty (30 years) by December this year, (27/12/1989), has expressed his feeling on his mobilization to our correspondence during a phone interview, stating that "although life felt hopeless and very depressing for me during the countless setbacks and unfortunate events that befell me, but I am glad today that i did not succumb to suicide and it has paid off. I had thought University strike actions would not allow me to serve, but God showed me eerie favour, because he wanted my story to inspire the world afterwards . Indeed perseverance, focus and God made my story change" He said.


Mr. Emmanuel is currently using his story as a quintessence to be observed in tackling the prevailing global menace of depression and suicide, which by 2020, will become the 2nd most prevailing health problem in the world history, according to World Health Organization (WHO).


He says, "my passion & vision towards solving the global menace has prompted me to use my inspiring story as a focal point to organize 'community mental health awareness and sensitization programme' states by states across the federation, geared towards tackling depression and suicide across Nigeria. I'm also working to have my full story published in a book and being adapted into a cinema movie to serve as a ray of hope to tackle depression and suicide, prevalent amongst youths across the world". He shared that his calling is to contribute his unique experience towards maintaining a sustainable health development for women, youths and children, especially in achieving the SDG's third goal in tackling the prevailing rate of depression and suicide, which is a major health problem in the world. Meanwhile, he calls for support from well-meaning citizens, NGOs, government parastatals, national and international humanitarian agencies to achieve this sustainable development programme in the country.

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Health / Nigeria-Born Youth Uniquely Tackling Suicide Menace Globally by CampusPressNG: 11:53pm On Jun 30, 2019
International award recipient for West Africa Student Brand of The Year 2018, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr. Voiceover, is a humanitarian, writer, budding nollywood actor, entrepreneur, Nigerian voice-over artiste and a graduating student from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), who recently represented Nigeria to bag double international award recognitions and who was featured on the international television network, British Broadcasting Commission (BBC), on 'Great Big Story' CNN (ongoing) and other media channels globally for using his unique experience in tackling the prevailing global menace of depression and suicide amongst youths and adolescents, thereby portraying Nigeria's image on global scene.

During an interview with our correspondent, he expressed that World Health Organization's (WHO) research has shown that Africa has the highest number of depressed people in the world and Nigeria ranks 15th in the world suicide statistics according to Wikipedia as of 2016. Also recently, WHO's prediction has shown that depression will emerge the 2nd most prevailing health problem in the world history by 2020.

Mr. Voiceover, whose story recently broke the internet, caught attentions globally and portrayed resiliency and diligence on his path towards success, on how he wrote O'level exams 17 times, attended 16 primary schools, enrolled into 14 secondary schools, took the University Matriculation Examination 5 times, lost father along the line before he gained admission into the University and is now a graduate despite ordeals and setbacks. He is creatively using his experience as a survivor of depression to flag off a national campaign on Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme to tackle the global menace of depression and suicide, prevalent amongst youths and adolescents across the country.

His problem-solving passion has inspired him to think out of the box to use his experience as a survivor to tackle the alarming global problem through the Campaign, which he is currently organising across the country, of which the first edition was held on 1st May in Kogi State for North Central Zone

According to him, “No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope."

"One way I can contribute my quota to National development and to add value to the world, is to create enabling platform to tackle this alarming problem of depression and suicide that is currently a threat to human lives across the world, through my unique experience and innovative programme. Hence, I will like to work with national and international agencies, goverment, well-meaning Nigerians, humanitarians, activists, and the media in curbing the alarming rate of hopelessness, trauma, depression, mental devastations etc, resulting to the massive increase in cultism, prostitution, illegal migration, internet fraud, drug abuse, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, rape, and other vices prevalent amongst youths in Nigeria and globally." He revealed.

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Celebrities / Nigerian Youth Making Africa Proud Over Tackling Suicide Menace Globally by CampusPressNG: 11:29pm On Jun 30, 2019
International award recipient for West Africa Student Brand of The Year 2018, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr. Voiceover, is a humanitarian, writer, budding nollywood actor, entrepreneur, Nigerian voice-over artiste and a graduating student from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), who recently represented Nigeria to bag double international award recognitions and who was featured on the international television network, British Broadcasting Commission (BBC), on 'Great Big Story' CNN (ongoing) and other media channels globally for using his unique experience in tackling the prevailing global menace of depression and suicide amongst youths and adolescents, thereby portraying Nigeria's image on global scene.

During an interview with our correspondent, he expressed that World Health Organization's (WHO) research has shown that Africa has the highest number of depressed people in the world and Nigeria ranks 15th in the world suicide statistics according to Wikipedia as of 2016. Also, recently WHO's prediction has shown that depression will emerge the 2nd most prevailing health problem in the world history by 2020.

Mr. Voiceover, whose story recently broke the internet, caught attentions globally and portrayed resiliency and diligence on his path towards success, on how he wrote O'level exams 17 times, attended 16 primary schools, enrolled into 14 secondary schools, took the University Matriculation Examination 5 times, lost father along the line before he gained admission into the University and is now a graduate despite ordeals and setbacks. He is creatively using his experience as a survivor of depression to flag off a national campaign on Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme to tackle the global menace of depression and suicide, prevalent amongst youths and adolescents across the country.

His problem-solving passion has inspired him to think out of the box to use his experience as a survivor to tackle the alarming global problem through the Campaign, which he is currently organising across the country, of which the first edition was held on 1st May in Kogi State for North Central Zone

According to him, “No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope."

"One way I can contribute my quota to National development and to add value to the world, is to create enabling platform to tackle this alarming problem of depression and suicide that is currently a threat to human lives across the world, through my unique experience and innovative programme. Hence, I will like to work with national and international agencies, goverment, well-meaning Nigerians, humanitarians, activists, and the media in curbing the alarming rate of hopelessness, trauma, depression, mental devastations etc, resulting to the massive increase in cultism, prostitution, illegal migration, internet fraud, drug abuse, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, rape, and other vices prevalent amongst youths in Nigeria and globally." He revealed.

Education / I'm Celebrated With No Reward, Graduate Who Wrote O'level Exams 17 Times Laments by CampusPressNG: 6:59am On May 14, 2019
Kogi-Born International award winning graduate from department of Mass Communication, University of Benin, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, whose recent internet viral success story served as a source of Inspiration to millions of people across the world on how wrote o'level exams 17 times and sat for the University Matriculation Examination 5 times before gaining admission into the University. The story which has got him interviewed on many national and international media, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and ongoing on CNN.

Mr Voiceover, while an undergraduate have represented Kogi State, University of Benin and Nigeria respectively to emerge winner on several national and international award competitions. His passion towards creating enabling platforms for national development has prompted him to recently organize a national campaign on 'Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme', focused on 'tackling the menace of depression and suicide in Nigeria', recently held in Kogi State for North Central Zone and subsequently in other geopolitical zones of Nigeria, using his success story as a 'selling point' to give hope to those going through hard times and are depressed and are contemplating suicide.

During an interview with our correspondence, he narrated his shock after he had received congratulation messages from many Nigerians at home and abroad on the viral news that he was offered automatic employment which he has not got. According to him "I am celebrated with no reward, and I feel this is not good for a developing country like Nigeria, where youths who are patriotic, dogged and diligent towards portraying the good image of the country are not recognized and rewarded". He said.

He, however, admonished youths who are patriotic, dedicated and diligent towards success path to remain focused, as there is always light at the end of the tunnel. He revealed that his keys to success are perseverance, patience and prayer. He said nobody can achieve greatness without these three keys as they serve as driving force that can propel anyone towards the height of greatness.

Celebrities / We Are Proud Of You; Kogi King Celebrates Mr Voiceover by CampusPressNG: 4:18pm On May 07, 2019
The Chairman, Okun Traditional Council Of Obas and His Royal Highness, Obaro of Kabba, Solomon Dele Owoniyi, in his speech has celebrated the Kogi-Born international award winning graduating student of University of Benin, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, for thinking out of the box to organize an innovative campaign holding across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria on "Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme", focused on "tackling the menace of depression and suicide in Nigeria", which was recently held on 1st May in Kabba, Kogi State for North Central Nigeria.

In his words, delivered by his representative, His Majesty, Oba Olurinjon Olushade Tanimowo, said "the country needs youths like Mr Voiceover who would think out of the box to profer solution to national problems". He encouraged the government, private and public organization, corporate bodies, non governmental organization, well-meaning Nigerians and the media to do all they can to support him on his campaign to tackle the alarming rate of depression and suicide in Nigeria.

In an interview with the convener, Mr Voiceover, who is a survivor of depression and suicide contemplation spoke on what motivated him to organize the national campaign. "I have great burden for youths who are going through hard time because I know what it feels to be depressed, which sometimes could lead to suicidal thoughts"

In line with his success story which has gone viral on both local and international media, and has been a source of inspiration to millions of people across the world, which has also got him interviewed on various national newspapers as well as on BBC and ongoing on CNN, on how he wrote o'level exams 17 times, attended 16 primary schools, enrolled in 14 secondary schools and took the University matriculation examination 5 times before gaining admission into the University. This led to serious depression and suicidal thoughts, but he was able to overcome it.

"I am using my story to give ray of hope to people who are going through various challenges and are depressed and are contemplating suicide". He said.

Education / Why I Didn't Commit Suicide; Kogi-born UNIBEN Graduating Student Reveals by CampusPressNG: 9:30am On Mar 17, 2019
A survivor of depression and suicide contemplation, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, who is an international award winning graduating student of University of Benin, has charged those passing through difficult situation to remain calm and forget suicide thoughts, stressing that suicide can never be a solution to current predicament.

Emmanuel, whose inspiring story on how he wrote O'Level examinations 17 times went viral on the internet, stated that every problem has solutions and suicidal thought is not the best approach in tackling seemingly difficult situation, revealed this while having a chat with our correspondence on the need to tackle the upsurge of depression and suicide in Nigeria through mental health awareness.

“No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going.

“Remember, your emotions are not fixed, they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week. Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones. There are many things you can still accomplish in your life. There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you, and that you would miss. Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.”

While reacting to question on how to tackle depression and suicidal thoughts, he said the first step in coping with depression is share disturbing thoughts and open up to persons who can share in our burden. According to him, “It may be a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor at the end of a helpline. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. And if the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else. Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope.”

He further revealed his plans and that of his Non-Governmental Organization, Mr Voiceover Mentorship Initiative to organize Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in order to share his inspiring stories and motivate depressed youth, while urging government, well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to support his vision on reducing the rate of suicide in Nigeria, by 50 percent.

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Celebrities / Why I Didn't Commit Suicide- UNIBEN Graduating Student by CampusPressNG: 5:00pm On Mar 16, 2019
A survivor of depression and suicide contemplation, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, who is an international award winning graduating student of University of Benin, has charged those passing through difficult situation to remain calm and forget suicide thoughts, stressing that suicide can never be a solution to current predicament.
Emmanuel, whose inspiring story on how he wrote O'Level examinations 17 times went viral on the internet, stated that every problem has solutions and suicidal thought is not the best approach in tackling seemingly difficult situation, revealed this while having a chat with our correspondence on the need to tackle the upsurge of depression and suicide in Nigeria through mental health awareness.
“No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going.
“Remember, your emotions are not fixed, they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week. Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones. There are many things you can still accomplish in your life. There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you, and that you would miss. Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.”
While reacting to question on how to tackle depression and suicidal thoughts, he said the first step in coping with depression is share disturbing thoughts and open up to persons who can share in our burden. According to him, “It may be a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor at the end of a helpline. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. And if the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else. Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope.”
He further revealed his plans and that of his Non-Governmental Organization, Mr Voiceover Mentorship Initiative to organize Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programme in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in order to share his inspiring stories and motivate depressed youth, while urging government, well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to support his vision on reducing the rate of suicide in Nigeria, by 50 percent.

Health / Kogi-born UNIBEN Student Reveals Cure To Africa's Leading Death Cause by CampusPressNG: 5:40pm On Feb 16, 2019
International award winning graduating student of University of Benin, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, whose inspiring success story recently went viral on the internet and attracted the attention of news reportage of many Nigeria and international media houses/news agencies, including his recent interview on the international TV network, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and another currently ongoing on the international TV network, CNN, a story which is inspiring many people across the African continent and beyond, for how he survived depression, contemplation and thoughts of suicide several times, wrote O’level examinations 17 times, which in Africa (Nigeria precisely), an average student would have given up on the second or third attempt. He attended 16 primary schools,  enrolled into 14 secondary schools, took the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) 5 times, before gaining admission into the University in Nigeria.

He succeeded against all odds despite the ordeals and struggles toward the path of success, having represented his country (Nigeria) and his university to win several national and international awards competitions, despite being an orphan and from a poor background.

His inspiring story serves as an antidote to light up the  hope to the depressed, less privileged, hopeless, suicide bound, frustrated, abused, the low self esteemed, trafficked and other categories of people suffering from various mental health challenges, as it is geared towards creating massive Mental Health Awearness and Sensitization Programme aimed at educating the populace on safety measures to help them overcome frustration, depression, suicide contemplation in order to reduce the  thriving rate of suicide in the African continent

He therefore appeals to individuals, national and international health agencies, ministry of health and other humanitarian NGOs to support the eradication of depression and suicide, by sponsoring his “Mental Health Awareness and Sensitization Programme”, which is kick-starting soon in all the States of the federation and across other African countries where suicide cases is alarming.

News Source: Official Kogi State News

http://kogireports.com/kogi-born-uniben-student-reveals-cure-to-africas-leading-death-cause/

Education / You’ve Made Us Proud; UNIBEN VC Promises Student Automatic Job by CampusPressNG: 9:59pm On Jan 28, 2019
The Vice Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Faraday Orumwense has on Thursday 24th January 2019, in his office promised automatic employment to UNIBEN graduating student, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known as Mr Voiceover, from department of Mass Communication, for his numerous outstanding achievements around the globe, our correspondent gathered.

Mr. Ahmadu has won so many national award competitions, including his recent international award as Student Brand of The Year In West Africa and gained several international recognitions, and has also been making the university proud.

He is the brain behind the student NGO named, Mr Voiceover Mentorship Initiative, which has been the voice of hope to the physically challenged, orphans and the internally displaced persons (IDP) and to other less privileged members of the society and was recently nominated for an international award as Organization Making A Difference In West Africa, on West Africa Citizens Award 2018 due to it numerous impacts on mankind.

Recently, the media was awash with the inspiring story of how Mr Voiceover succeeded against all odds despite his ordeals and struggle towards the path of success, as he revealed that he wrote O’level examinations 17 times, attended 16 primary schools, took the University Matriculation Examination (UME) 5 times, became an orphan along the line and enrolled into 14 secondary schools before gaining admission into the university, which were due to family crisis.

He also shared with the media on how he managed suicidal thoughts and survived suicide attempt, a story which got the attention of several international news outlets/media houses.

His inspiring success story recently got him interviewed on the international television network, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and it was also revealed that “Great Big Story”, a programme on CNN, is currently working to have him share his inspiring story to light up the hope of the depressed and those contemplating suicide across the globe.

In addition to the job promised Mr Voiceover, the UNIBEN Vice Chancellor has also instructed the University Librarian to create an archive in the University main Library where all news about the youngstar would be pasted for all to see and be inspired.

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Education / I Almost Committed Suicide -UNIBEN Graduating Student Revealed by CampusPressNG: 11:57pm On Jan 07, 2019
International award winning University of Benin graduating student, from department of Mass Communication, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu popularly known as Mr Voiceover, whose story of his struggle and perseverance on the path of success went viral on the internet of recent, where he revealed that he wrote o'level exams 17 times. This inspiring success story got him an invitation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of the largest television network in the world where he was interviewed. He is a Voice-Over Artiste, budding Nollywood Actor, Writer, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and the international award recipient for Student Brand Of The Year In West Africa on West Africa Citizens Awards 2018, amongst many other awards on which he has won by representing the University of Benin.

In this interview with our correspondent, Mr Voiceover shared his inspiring story and his journey to stardom.


How has been your journey to stardom?

Stardom? laughed... I think the journey has just started and it has only brought and not money. But so far, I am thankful to God for his grace that has helped me to survive through all the good, the bad and the ugly experiences.


What do you mean by the "the good, the bad and the ugly experiences"?

Well, my story is one that interpretes the phrase; 'the good, the bad and the ugly'. As a result of family crisis, I attended 16 primary schools, enrolled in 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line and now a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria. I am being celebrated today, but I realized that a lot of persons didn't know that I almost committed suicide during the days of my terrible ordeals, but i am thankful to God that I didn't succumb.

I felt hopeless and desperate, with bleak pessimistic view of the future. It was such a heart-breaking experience for me to see my junior colleagues turned university graduates before my very eyes and worse still, to see my self still wearing secondary school uniform and repeatedly rewriting o'level exams until the 17th time.

Another terrible experience that gripped me was that I became a student under some of my old college mates after they had graduated from the University and teaching in colleges. All this happened and I felt I could not possibly find alternatives to my problems and I was haunted continually with low esteem and feelings of worthlessness not until my story changed.


How did you survive the suicide thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts can be very difficult to deal with or understand. Sometimes they can be fleeting, but other times they could be stronger urges or fantasies that promise relief from seemingly unbearable pain.

I survived suicide thoughts by distancing myself and shifting attention away from the negative thoughts that could lead to a more devastating situation.

I tried as much possible to surround myself with people who care about me and let them know what i was going through, instead of shutting down and isolating myself.

I often remind myself that recovery is possible, especially from the numerous setbacks. Going by statistics, it is confirmed that for every suicide death, there are 25 suicide attempts. It became obvious that this alarming occurrence bedevilling our society calls for urgent attention, prompted my decision to volunteer to work with international humanitarian agencies as a Hope Ambassador, as a way to contribute my quota towards reducing suicidal cases and igniting the hope of the depressed.


What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from people and life situations, especially when they pass messages that can add value to my life.
More so, I am inspired by my mom. She endured all the
terrible and unpleasant moments with me, encouraging and assuring me that everything will be okay. Although my setbacks made her weep. I dedicate my international award to her. She deserves even more.

Are you working on any project currently?

Yes, recently, my team and I have been working on flagging a national youth empowerment programme across the 36 states of the federation in 2019 God willing.

The project is aimed at creating platform to empower the unemployed youth and graduates, towards creating jobs based on the talents or skills they have to offer the society or the the ones they wish to be trained in. This is because majority of graduates don't practice what they study, either because there is no space to practice their profession or there are no platforms to support their talents, thereby giving rise to unemployment.

We have currently partnered with some international agencies and looking farward to the support of government parastatals, private organisations and eminent individuals to join hands with us to reduce unemployment menace in Nigeria.

I had earlier in school designed and working towards unveiling a social media application that will unite students across the world. It's geared towards creating massive jobs and boosting the social educational sector of the economy.

I am also working on lending my professional Voice-Over skills for political campaign adverts, jingles, cartoons/animations, caller tunes, documentaries, promos, on-hold messages, ring tune/ message tune customised, auto-attendant messages, e-learning projects, podcasts, IVR-Interactive voice response, video games, audio books, phone prompt and others.

What is your advice to the youth?

My advice to the youth and others who are facing difficult times is that, just like I never saw myself being interviewed on one of the largest Television Networks in the world, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), based on my success story that went viral on the internet which got many inspired across the world, is indication that you shouldn't give up even if the struggle isn't paying off for you yet.

If I was able to make it despite the fact that I attended 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line & now I am a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria, and as well became a recipient of an international award, then i see no reason why you should get discouraged or give up.

If i could survive inspite of those terrible challenges and become a University graduate and to have also represented my University and represented my country on the international scene after numerous setbacks, is an indication that any one can succeed irrespective of whatever militating challenges or setbacks. Suicide isn't the solution, It will only compound your misery.

Don't ever give up, even though things aren't working out for you yet. There is definitely an end to all problems.

Celebrities / I Almost Committed Suicide -UNIBEN Graduating Student Revealed by CampusPressNG: 11:45pm On Jan 07, 2019
International award winning University of Benin graduating student, from department of Mass Communication, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu popularly known as Mr Voiceover, whose story of his struggle and perseverance on the path of success went viral on the internet of recent, where he revealed that he wrote o'level exams 17 times. This inspiring success story got him an invitation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of the largest television network in the world where he was interviewed. He is a Voice-Over Artiste, budding Nollywood Actor, Writer, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and the international award recipient for Student Brand Of The Year In West Africa on West Africa Citizens Awards 2018, amongst many other awards on which he has won by representing the University of Benin.

In this interview with our correspondent, Mr Voiceover shared his inspiring story and his journey to stardom.


How has been your journey to stardom?

Stardom? laughed... I think the journey has just started and it has only brought and not money. But so far, I am thankful to God for his grace that has helped me to survive through all the good, the bad and the ugly experiences.


What do you mean by the "the good, the bad and the ugly experiences"?

Well, my story is one that interpretes the phrase; 'the good, the bad and the ugly'. As a result of family crisis, I attended 16 primary schools, enrolled in 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line and now a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria. I am being celebrated today, but I realized that a lot of persons didn't know that I almost committed suicide during the days of my terrible ordeals, but i am thankful to God that I didn't succumb.

I felt hopeless and desperate, with bleak pessimistic view of the future. It was such a heart-breaking experience for me to see my junior colleagues turned university graduates before my very eyes and worse still, to see my self still wearing secondary school uniform and repeatedly rewriting o'level exams until the 17th time.

Another terrible experience that gripped me was that I became a student under some of my old college mates after they had graduated from the University and teaching in colleges. All this happened and I felt I could not possibly find alternatives to my problems and I was haunted continually with low esteem and feelings of worthlessness not until my story changed.


How did you survive the suicide thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts can be very difficult to deal with or understand. Sometimes they can be fleeting, but other times they could be stronger urges or fantasies that promise relief from seemingly unbearable pain.

I survived suicide thoughts by distancing myself and shifting attention away from the negative thoughts that could lead to a more devastating situation.

I tried as much possible to surround myself with people who care about me and let them know what i was going through, instead of shutting down and isolating myself.

I often remind myself that recovery is possible, especially from the numerous setbacks. Going by statistics, it is confirmed that for every suicide death, there are 25 suicide attempts. It became obvious that this alarming occurrence bedevilling our society calls for urgent attention, prompted my decision to volunteer to work with international humanitarian agencies as a Hope Ambassador, as a way to contribute my quota towards reducing suicidal cases and igniting the hope of the depressed.


What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from people and life situations, especially when they pass messages that can add value to my life.
More so, I am inspired by my mom. She endured all the
terrible and unpleasant moments with me, encouraging and assuring me that everything will be okay. Although my setbacks made her weep. I dedicate my international award to her. She deserves even more.

Are you working on any project currently?

Yes, recently, my team and I have been working on flagging a national youth empowerment programme across the 36 states of the federation in 2019 God willing.

The project is aimed at creating platform to empower the unemployed youth and graduates, towards creating jobs based on the talents or skills they have to offer the society or the the ones they wish to be trained in. This is because majority of graduates don't practice what they study, either because there is no space to practice their profession or there are no platforms to support their talents, thereby giving rise to unemployment.

We have currently partnered with some international agencies and looking farward to the support of government parastatals, private organisations and eminent individuals to join hands with us to reduce unemployment menace in Nigeria.

I had earlier in school designed and working towards unveiling a social media application that will unite students across the world. It's geared towards creating massive jobs and boosting the social educational sector of the economy.

I am also working on lending my professional Voice-Over skills for political campaign adverts, jingles, cartoons/animations, caller tunes, documentaries, promos, on-hold messages, ring tune/ message tune customised, auto-attendant messages, e-learning projects, podcasts, IVR-Interactive voice response, video games, audio books, phone prompt and others.

What is your advice to the youth?

My advice to the youth and others who are facing difficult times is that, just like I never saw myself being interviewed on one of the largest Television Networks in the world, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), based on my success story that went viral on the internet which got many inspired across the world, is indication that you shouldn't give up even if the struggle isn't paying off for you yet.

If I was able to make it despite the fact that I attended 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line & now I am a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria, and as well became a recipient of an international award, then i see no reason why you should get discouraged or give up.

If i could survive inspite of those terrible challenges and become a University graduate and to have also represented my University and represented my country on the international scene after numerous setbacks, is an indication that any one can succeed irrespective of whatever militating challenges or setbacks. Suicide isn't the solution, It will only compound your misery.

Don't ever give up, even though things aren't working out for you yet. There is definitely an end to all problems.

Science/Technology / I Almost Committed Suicide -UNIBEN Graduating Student by CampusPressNG: 11:32pm On Jan 07, 2019
International award winning University of Benin graduating student, from department of Mass Communication, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu popularly known as Mr Voiceover, whose story of his struggle and perseverance on the path of success went viral on the internet of recent, where he revealed that he wrote o'level exams 17 times. This inspiring success story got him an invitation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of the largest television network in the world where he was interviewed. He is a Voice-Over Artiste, budding Nollywood Actor, Writer, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and the international award recipient for Student Brand Of The Year In West Africa on West Africa Citizens Awards 2018, amongst many other awards on which he has won by representing the University of Benin.

In this interview with our correspondent, Mr Voiceover shared his inspiring story and his journey to stardom.


How has been your journey to stardom?

Stardom? laughed... I think the journey has just started and it has only brought and not money. But so far, I am thankful to God for his grace that has helped me to survive through all the good, the bad and the ugly experiences.



What do you mean by the "the good, the bad and the ugly experiences"?

Well, my story is one that interpretes the phrase; 'the good, the bad and the ugly'. As a result of family crisis, I attended 16 primary schools, enrolled in 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line and now a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria. I am being celebrated today, but I realized that a lot of persons didn't know that I almost committed suicide during the days of my terrible ordeals, but i am thankful to God that I didn't succumb.

I felt hopeless and desperate, with bleak pessimistic view of the future. It was such a heart-breaking experience for me to see my junior colleagues turned university graduates before my very eyes and worse still, to see my self still wearing secondary school uniform and repeatedly rewriting o'level exams until the 17th time.

Another terrible experience that gripped me was that I became a student under some of my old college mates after they had graduated from the University and teaching in colleges. All this happened and I felt I could not possibly find alternatives to my problems and I was haunted continually with low esteem and feelings of worthlessness not until my story changed.



How did you survive the suicide thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts can be very difficult to deal with or understand. Sometimes they can be fleeting, but other times they could be stronger urges or fantasies that promise relief from seemingly unbearable pain.

I survived suicide thoughts by distancing myself and shifting attention away from the negative thoughts that could lead to a more devastating situation.

I tried as much possible to surround myself with people who care about me and let them know what i was going through, instead of shutting down and isolating myself.

I often remind myself that recovery is possible, especially from the numerous setbacks. Going by statistics, it is confirmed that for every suicide death, there are 25 suicide attempts. It became obvious that this alarming occurrence bedevilling our society calls for urgent attention, prompted my decision to volunteer to work with international humanitarian agencies as a Hope Ambassador, as a way to contribute my quota towards reducing suicidal cases and igniting the hope of the depressed.



What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from people and life situations, especially when they pass messages that can add value to my life.
More so, I am inspired by my mom. She endured all the
terrible and unpleasant moments with me, encouraging and assuring me that everything will be okay. Although my setbacks made her weep. I dedicate my international award to her. She deserves even more.


Are you working on any project currently?

Yes, recently, my team and I have been working on flagging a national youth empowerment programme across the 36 states of the federation in 2019 God willing.

The project is aimed at creating platform to empower the unemployed youth and graduates, towards creating jobs based on the talents or skills they have to offer the society or the the ones they wish to be trained in. This is because majority of graduates don't practice what they study, either because there is no space to practice their profession or there are no platforms to support their talents, thereby giving rise to unemployment.

We have currently partnered with some international agencies and looking farward to the support of government parastatals, private organisations and eminent individuals to join hands with us to reduce unemployment menace in Nigeria.

I had earlier in school designed and working towards unveiling a social media application that will unite students across the world. It's geared towards creating massive jobs and boosting the social educational sector of the economy.

I am also working on lending my professional Voice-Over skills for political campaign adverts, jingles, cartoons/animations, caller tunes, documentaries, promos, on-hold messages, ring tune/ message tune customised, auto-attendant messages, e-learning projects, podcasts, IVR-Interactive voice response, video games, audio books, phone prompt and others.


What is your advice to the youth?

My advice to the youth and others who are facing difficult times is that, just like I never saw myself being interviewed on one of the largest Television Networks in the world, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), based on my success story that went viral on the internet which got many inspired across the world, is indication that you shouldn't give up even if the struggle isn't paying off for you yet.

If I was able to make it despite the fact that I attended 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, wrote 17 O'level exams, became an orphan along the line & now I am a graduate from one of the best Universities in Nigeria, and as well became a recipient of an international award, then i see no reason why you should get discouraged or give up.

If i could survive inspite of those terrible challenges and become a University graduate and to have also represented my University and represented my country on the international scene after numerous setbacks, is an indication that any one can succeed irrespective of whatever militating challenges or setbacks. Suicide isn't the solution, It will only compound your misery.

Don't ever give up, even though things aren't working out for you yet. There is definitely an end to all problems.

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