Testimonials from the 2022 Cyfed-Bradley Hope Scholars (Winners/Applicants): Videos and Texts

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Mr Chisom Felix UMEH (23/12/2022)

I’m so happy to be one of the recipients of the Cyfed Bradley Hope (CBH) Scholarship scheme and the opportunity to be a member of the OCI Foundation.

 

I was over joyed when I saw my name in the list of the winners of the CBH scholarship.

 

I thank God almighty for this great opportunity. Through this scholarship I will get to concentrate on my studies without having to worry about financial problems.

 

Not only will the scholarship help me in terms of financial assistance, it will also provide me with access to a network of like-minded, hardworking, and dedicated peers.

 

Umeh Chisom Felix (Chemical Engineering student, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria)

Mr Chukwuemeka Victor Mokwe (20/12/2022)

From transport, food, housing, water to internal academic expenses like school fee and books, the many challenges of high cost of living in Enugu and the inflation in Nigeria is the bane of students from low- and middle-income families in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

 

As a medical student currently at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, I have thrived this far by living double lives to the best of my effort, either as a student and a private lesson tutor, or as a student and weekend worker. I engaged in multiple tasks to earn some money for my studies and upkeep in order not to be extra burden to my parents. At the same time, I had to make sure I was not a liability to my academic performance. Going on an empty stomach to the point of having one out of the supposed three-square meals of the day became a necessity in the face of the clash between financial inadequacy and my quest for excellence.

 

I learned the hard way about how well the human body and spirit can adapt to unfavourable circumstances under the pressure to survive, and a great deal about how to instrumentalize the power of hardwork to meet my goals; about subsistence, how to be calculative, miserly and economical with the littlest fund to achieve maximum results; about how the unapologetic economic divide in society always entitle and rule in favour of the haves, and subject the have not to a generational circle of indigence such that the rich tend to get richer and the poor, poorer; above all, about how my zeal to widely explore opportunities and develop my potentials is helplessly limited and degraded to the question and options about the weight of my pocket.

 

My study of medicine has been a bittersweet experience where despite living my dream of training to be a doctor, scaling through on this path was almost a curse. This was the story of my student life until I met the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora (OCI) Foundation.

 

I, Chukwuemeka Victor Mokwe, a 2022 awardee of the OCI Cyfed Bradley Hope scholarship wish to express immense gratitude for the irrevocable impact of the foundation in my life. I was overjoyed when I got the award email and till this moment feel excitement and a fulfilling satisfaction in my heart to have been selected a beneficiary.

 

The Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora Foundation has proven that even with the strongest heart, mind, and spirit, no single person can carry the weight of the world on their own but with helping hands, the weight can be shared and reduced to nothing. Indeed, in the spirit of the motion behind her motto, ‘We rise by lifting others’, and the origin of the Cyfed Bradley Hope scholarship revolving around the Bradley Hope family, I promise not only to keep the ball rolling, but also to think outside the box and dream big enough to equip myself with the best qualities, skills, and morality of a leader, changemaker/activist and doctor, giving back to society in full.

 

I am more than honored to be part of the OCI foundation family and humbled to make the best of this entitlement. Thank you so much and God bless.

 

Chukwuemeka Victor Mokwe (Medicine and Surgery student, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria).

Miss AMUA, Chidimma Chiara (22/12/2022)

“Being a cyfed scholar!…..is an opportunity I waited for.

It is a privilege to be a beneficiary of the 2022 CBH, an honour I don’t take for granted.

 

My unmeasurable excitement was not just the relief it gave my parents but also the opportunity Cyfed Bredly hope scholarship gave me to concentrate more on my studies, work on my goals, prepare for my upcoming exams ahead and be the best I can for my family, OCI Foundation and everyone around me.

 

Thanks to Dr Chris Ifediora

Thanks to Mr Tony Hope

Thanks to OCI Foundation and

Thanks to OCI family worldwide for your immeasurable contribution through CBH scholarship in making my dreams becoming a reality.

 

Lots of love.”

 

AMUA, Chidimma Chiara (Medical Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)

Miss KELVIN, Praise Adaugo (12/01/2023)

I want to say a very big, gigantic, “thank you” to the [Hope] family, for positioning yourselves as an instrument of blessing to generations. I know that God who had laid the foundation [for this project] will complete it in every area. I pray that the mighty hand of God forever be with this family, and continue to take you from grace to grace, and from glory to glory. Amen.

 

Finally, from the largest chamber of my heart, precisely my left ventricle, Dr. Chris Ifediora is a motivation to me. After reading about the [OCI] Foundation and his biography, I became inspired by him. He is a father and a mentor. He makes me believe that my dream of helping generations, though might look vague, is possible. I love you sir. God bless you for me.

 

Also, I am sooooooooooo happy to be a recipient of the OCI Foundation scholarship (Cyfed Bradley Hope scholarship).

 

 Thank you and God bless.

 

KELVIN, Praise Adaugo (Medicine and Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria; 300 Level).

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