Nigerian Graduate Torches Academic Certificates Amidst Job Struggles, Gives Reasons

Nigerian Graduate Torches Academic Certificates Amidst Job Struggles, Gives Reasons

Frustration Leads Nigerian Graduate to Burn Original Certificates

A Nigerian graduate, Olutimehin Ilenre, recently made headlines after setting his original academic certificates on fire. The History and International Studies graduate from Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo State took this extreme step as a symbolic act of protest against the lack of employment opportunities in the country.

Burning Credentials in Desperation

In a video shared on social media, Ilenre explained his drastic decision, revealing that he burned his Bachelor of Arts, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Certificates. He expressed his frustration, emphasizing that obtaining certificates in Nigeria seemed futile as the prevailing job market rendered them useless.

Certificates Deemed Worthless

Ilenre highlighted the perceived worthlessness of his certificates, even when attempting to seek opportunities abroad. According to him, the current socio-economic situation in Nigeria has diminished the value of academic qualifications, making it challenging for graduates to secure employment.

Reflecting on 13 Years of Unproductive Certificates

The graduate shared his personal anguish, stating that he had been unable to find peace in the past week as he contemplated the 13 years he spent acquiring certificates that ultimately did not contribute to his professional success. Ilenre urged Nigerian youth to consider learning practical skills and trades, emphasizing the importance of vocational training in light of the challenging job market.

A Call for Skill Development

In a broader message, Ilenre called on parents to encourage their children to pursue practical skills alongside formal education. He asserted that acquiring hands-on skills could provide a more reliable path to financial stability in the current economic climate.

Certification’s Limited Impact on Employment

Expressing his frustration, Ilenre revealed that since completing his education in 2010 and participating in the NYSC in 2010/2011, his certificates had not played a role in securing employment. His story sheds light on the struggles faced by many Nigerian graduates in translating academic achievements into meaningful employment opportunities.

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