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Nigeria Rejects Online Degrees From Ukraine, Saying ‘It’s Not Fair’

Nigeria Rejects Online Degrees From Ukraine, Saying 'It's Not Fair'

Nigeria Rejects Online Degrees From Ukraine, Saying ‘It’s Not Fair’

Nigeria Rejects Online Degrees From Ukraine, Saying ‘It’s Not Fair’

It was a relief when he was able to depart the war-torn Ukraine earlier this year so that he could complete his medical studies online.

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But one day, a capital-letter WhatsApp message informed him that his distance-learning credentials would not, in fact, be recognized.

The tone was formal and cold.

“We wish to inform the General Public that Medical and Dental Degree Certificates issued by Medical Schools from Ukraine from 2022 will NOT be honored by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria until when normal academic activities resume.”

Mr Fehintola gasped as his vision blurred for a moment. “Jesus,” he muttered in exasperation.

Nigeria Rejects Online Degrees From Ukraine, Saying ‘It’s Not Fair’

“What’s going on?” his mother asked, glancing across as they drove to a local market in Oyo state. Mr Fehintola mumbled a few words and tried to play it down.

“The news hit me really hard… So many thoughts flooded my mind,” he recalls. “I was actually looking forward to graduating from Ukraine irrespective of whatever happened.”

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At Sumy State University in Ukraine, he was in his final year of study and just months away from graduating when Russian invaders besieged the city.

Many Africans battled to cross the border into Poland after the outbreak of war in Ukraine

© Getty ImagesMany Africans battled to cross the border into Poland after the outbreak of war in Ukraine

The 22-year-old was left trapped for several weeks before he made it home – he was one of more than 1,000 Nigerians, mostly students, to return from Ukraine.


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