Nigeria’s ‘Thomas Edison’ and International award winning graduate from the department of Mass Communication, University Of Benin (UNIBEN), Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, popularly known by his Instagram handle @mr.voiceover, whose inspiring succes story recently broke the internet, inspired millions of people globally and got him featured on several national and international media channels worldwide, with the Inclusion of British Broadcasting Corporation; BBC, on how he enrolled into 16 primary schools, attended 14 secondary schools, repeated junior and senior classes severally, lost his Dad along the line, took the University Matriculation Exams 5 times and wrote o’level exams 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University, all due to broken home, yet has been mobilized for the National Youth and Service Corps (NYSC) programme for Batch B, Stream II for 2019.
Mr. Emmanuel Ahmadu, a professional Voice-Over Artiste, Nollywood Actor, Writer, Entrepreneur and humanitarian, who will be thirty (30 years) by December this year, (27/12/1989), has expressed his feeling on his mobilization to our correspondence during a phone interview, stating that “although life felt hopeless and very depressing for me during the countless setbacks and unfortunate events that befell me, but I am glad today that i did not succumb to suicide and it has paid off. I had thought University strike actions would not allow me to serve, but God showed me eerie favour, because he wanted my story to inspire the world afterwards . Indeed perseverance, focus and God made my story change” He said.
Mr. Emmanuel is currently using his story as a quintessence to be observed in tackling the prevailing global menace of depression and suicide, which by 2020, will become the 2nd most prevailing health problem in the world history, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
He says, “my passion & vision towards solving the global menace has prompted me to use my inspiring story as a focal point to organize ‘community mental health awareness and sensitization programme’ states by states across the federation, geared towards tackling depression and suicide across Nigeria. I’m also working to have my full story published in a book and being adapted into a cinema movie to serve as a ray of hope to tackle depression and suicide, prevalent amongst youths across the world”. He shared that his calling is to contribute his unique experience towards maintaining a sustainable health development for women, youths and children, especially in achieving the SDG’s third goal in tackling the prevailing rate of depression and suicide, which is a major health problem in the world. Meanwhile, he calls for support from well-meaning citizens, NGOs, government parastatals, national and international humanitarian agencies to achieve this sustainable development programme in the country.
(UNIBEN Campus Press)