Hello again everyone. :)
Because of the miracle that happened back in February 2016 (Thanks to you all), I was able to complete my 4th year and start (and complete) my Final year.
All of that posted here: https://www.gofundme.com/mun4wm78
On the 10th April, 2017, I passed my Final examinations in Medical school and officially became Dr Dolapo. J. Igboin. My graduation is scheduled for the 12th July 2017 at 3pm. I even have my first job waiting for me on the 2nd August 2017 (please see attached pictures)
Now the hard part;
If you remember, the amount that we raised last time was part payment of my tuition fees for the academic year 2015/16 (my 4th year) to allow me write my exams to start my Final year (2016/17)
Truthfully, I did not expect the overwhelming amount of support and kindness that was shown to me last year, and I was not sure if anyone would want to help me so I decided to only put half of my outstanding tuition fees (£25,000) as my target goal.
Unfortunately, this means that I still have the second half of my 4th year fees (15/16) and my Final year fees (16/17) to pay before I am able to graduate - all of which comes to the amount that is stated as my target fund. (Formerly £60,000 now reduced by a miracle to £29,200)
I know it is a lot, but I remained silent all this time because I’d honestly thought that by the time I finished my Final year, things would have gotten better, we would be able to clear all my outstanding tuition and we could all celebrate my graduation. But Nigeria is in a difficult place at the moment - which means my Family is still in a difficult place, especially financially.
On the day my Father was finally able to admit to me that we did not have the money to pay my fees, he added "Please forgive me a little..." and that is perhaps one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve heard him say.
At this point, I have fulfilled everything that is required of me; passed every exam and completed each rotation, learnt the required skills and done the work. All that is humanly possible to get to the end of Medical school, I have done. I have also been to the bank for help and emailed as many charities/organisations that might be able to help me as an international student. I am still sending out emails and calls for help, but all of my efforts have so far proved futile.
There is a good chance that I will not make it to my graduation and will not receive my certificate.
I know that.
The university knows that - they are questioning how I have been able to make it this far because ideally, my course should have been terminated long before now, considering my difficulties.
I have been reliably informed by the Medical school that if I do not meet my payment deadline, I will not be able to progress, and I will lose my job allocation. This means I'd have to go home (to Nigeria) without my Medical degree and no Medical license to practice. I will be leaving this country with literally nothing but my name. After 6 years of Medical school and a 10 year journey in total.
This is my reality.
Last year I asked you for help from a place of hope, even if that hope was little. But today, today I am completely defeated. I know I have no right to ask again, to inconvenience you like this again, but I am asking. I am desperate, afraid and so deeply sad - but I am asking.
It is with everything I have left that I plead for your help again.
I have been advised that a second appeal is not ideal, that I might encounter a lot of criticism, or harsh words and my efforts will probably not be as productive as the last time - especially for such an amount.
I understand. Trust me, I understand. But once again, I have run out of options.
If you cannot make any donations at the moment, that's ok - but please help me by sharing this as wide as you can, and/or praying for me.
I have asked the Finance office for more time, but they are unfortunately unable to grant me further extensions.
Please, do not worry if we do not manage to raise everything by the deadline (9th June), whatever we can raise will be good enough.
If by another miracle I am able to make it to my graduation, please feel free to come by. It will be at 3pm, July 12th, DeMontfort Hall, Leicester.
I might see you there.
And maybe, just maybe, I might even be in a Cap and gown.
Thank you for reading this far.
Last time, you all by some miracle, managed to raise £30,295 for me. With that, I paid £27,000 to the University and the £3500 to my accommodation (again, please see pictures).
The deadline is now 9th June (not 1st June anymore)- The university kindly granted me till that deadline. Thank you.
- Jacob Oguntimehin
- Chidinma Obasi
- Onyinye C
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