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A Nigerian lady whose mother was abandoned after her father died wins a Mastercard scholarship to the United Kingdom and a Masters degree.

Solace Ojotule, a young Nigerian lady, has received a Master’s degree in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

Solace Ojutale described how she and her mother had to overcome adversity after being abandoned by her father’s family following her father’s death.

She stated on LinkedIn that her father died when she was four years old, and that immediately following his death, her father’s property was seized because her mother bore no male child. Her mother, according to her, had five children, all of whom were females.

“The girls were abandoned with their mother after all properties have been seized by paternal relations. Then the real struggle began for us as kids and for our mother who was now both the father and mother. All hopes went down the drain and it looked like there was no future for me. Life ended before it began in the real sense,” she wrote.

Throughout her primary school education, her mother struggled to pay their school fees. She recalled that after her primary education, she was unable to continue to high school due to financial constraints and would hawk when her classmates went to school.

Solace Ojutale went on to win the Mastercard Scholarship, which allowed her to study at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

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