Day: March 6, 2018

Woman Who Hawked Pepper To Help Her Mum In Ibadan Earns A Phd From A Canadian University


A young Nigerian lady, Adeola Olubamiji who hawked pepper as a child to help her mum on the streets of Ibadan, has done herself proud by earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Her laudable achievement also makes her the first ever black person to earn a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Saskatchewan Canada, which she got her laurels from.

No ordinary feat for the fifth of five children who always had to wait for her turn. She was the last, a girl child and raised by her mother who is a farmer and a father who has little.

Adeola went to public primary and secondary schools in Ibadan and later attended Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ijebu, Ogun State where she studied Physics.

Adeola graduated from OOU with a 2.1 which opened the door for her to proceed to Finland for a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. During this Master’s degree, she said, “I worked part-time as a cleaner and did this after my Master’s as well.

Out of sheer determination, she applied to over 100 schools for her PhD program and finally got a full three-year scholarship (later extended to four years) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

While in that PhD programme, she worked part-time as a makeup artist, teaching assistant, braided hair and fixed weaves to make extra money.

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University of Saskatchewan, Canada

On her graduation day, Adeola in moving tribute, said:

“Today, I walked the stage as the first black person to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada!

“I walked this stage for you Mama Africa and for my Motherland Nigeria! I walked the stage for all of you Black women disrespected and looked down on!

“I walked for all of you from my ghetto hood, Mokola, Ibadan. I walked for all OSU students and ex-students that got that look from people who think we are not brilliant!

“I walked for all of you Africans in Finland wondering what is next for you!!

“Specially, I walked for you my parents, siblings and extended family in fulfilment of your dreams!

“Specially, I walked the stage for you my late sister Omoleye Olubamiji; and my late mentor Ayodele Olatunbosun.

“Today, I walked for my future husband and my unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfil my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to.


“I walked for all immigrants and all young adults who strive everyday chasing their dreams!

“I walked in celebration of the unfailing love of my first and one truly true love, Jesus Christ, (in you I walk, in you I live, and in you I have had and will continue to have my being)!

“Be bold, be innovative, be different, be you, be everything you want to be; but remember to put God first!

“Let no man, upbringing, money, circumstance, colourism, past mistakes, institution, company, partner, background, let nothing tell you ‘you can’t do it.’

“Go smart! Go hard!! Go for Gold!!! Go with God!!! Just Get Going!!!!! #Grad2017 #PhDConvocation #UofS”


Street Feast Opens Dinning Arena In Old Woolwich Market

At last some good news for night-life lovers Woolwich.

Street Feast opened its doors last weekend as a derelict old market in the popular South East London are was transformed into a feasting arena.

More than 4,000 people dined at Street Feast over the weekend after it opened on Friday (March 2).

Travelling in the snow and freezing weather, many arrived and had their choice of food and drink from a variety of stalls, including local Woolwich hero Rust Bucket Pizza.

Jonathan Downey, Street Feast co-founder, said: “We had a great opening party and I loved meeting so many locals who were so pleased to see us come to Woolwich.

“We’ve still lots more work to do but the place is looking good and, after this freezing weather, we are ready for anything.”


There was a moment before the plans were approved that it looked like Street Feast wouldn’t come to the Plumstead Covered Market at all.

Mr Downey had threatened to pull out, saying “have your empty building back” when it looked like local police might stand in the way of their preferred opening hours due to noise concerns.

However the plans were approved by Greenwich Council on February 6 and so started the panicked process of getting the market open for Friday’s opening.

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Street Feast will remain in the 86-year-old Plumstead Covered Market for up to two years while plans to redevelop the Spray Street Quarter rumble into motion.

This will in no doubt, add more quality to the night-time face of the area which in days past would normally go to sleep as soon as it is dark.




Good News For WhatsApp Users. Message “Unsend” Feature Is Becoming Even Better

It used to be the case that sending a WhatsApp message was final – no take-backs.

But in a bid to keep up with rival services, WhatsApp began offering an “unsend” feature that lets you delete a message for everyone.

The feature has been available since October 2017, but you’re only allowed to use it within seven minutes of sending a message.

The good news is that the length of this grace period is about to be bumped to over an hour.

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to unsend a message: maybe you’ve drunk-texted an ex, or mistakenly called your boss something unpleasant in the work chat.

Very soon, you’ll be given a generous 4,096 seconds to recall the text.

That works out at exactly 68 minutes and 16 seconds, which is nearly 10 times longer than the current recall time.

There’s been no official announcement, but tech site WABetaInfo dug into the latest beta app update for WhatsApp and uncovered the change.

The feature will still work in exactly the same way, however.

To bin a message, simply hold the message then choose Delete from the menu. Then tap ‘Delete for everyone’.

If you delete a message, it will still appear in your chat, but the text will be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’.