Young Man Wins Award and Money in US for His Farming Skill, Says Nigeria Never Celebrated Him Academically

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  • A Nigerian, Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi, said he achieved big academic recognition in America less than two years into his PhD program.
  • Olalekan stated that in all his years as a student in Nigeria, he never got any kind of award, a situation Kansas State University turned around.
  • Some of the Nigerians who took to his comment section to congratulate him for the new achievement saw him as a role model.

A Nigerian man, Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi, has taken to LinkedIn to celebrate the academic feat he achieved in America. Olalekan said that with all the years he spent in Nigeria as an undergraduate and master’s student, his country never got an academic award.

A recognition that came with money

He revealed that in less than two years at the Kansas State University College of Agriculture as a PhD student, he was given an award. For his inputs that helped production agriculture, he got a scholarship of $5,000 (N2,057,750) for 2021 and 2022.

The Nigerian man, therefore, thanked his supervisor, Dr Cowan, who supported him greatly during his research. According to Olalekan, they sometimes worked from 3 am to 12:30 am the next day.

He also thanked others who have given him support throughout the course of his journey. Olalekan revealed he will even be needing more help as he goes into the second phase of his research. In a conversation with, the agriculture expert said that though he got tons of awards in Nigeria, what he never got was an academic award.

On Nigeria’s skyrocketing food prices, he said: “This calls for a sense of urgency, the government needs to be INTENTIONAL about investment in the youths and farmers of our great country Nigeria to make agricultural not just interesting but also lucrative. I don’t see production as our problem, but processing, packaging, transportation, and linkage to market.”

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