Brenda Imokhai Unuavworho shared her inspiring story in FIN group on Facebook so as to encourage other women to aspire to be great in life.
Here is her story:
“I’ve been contemplating whether or not to write this post, but i eventually gave in….
You see, my life has been full of so many testimonies, and i have so much to be thankful for, that sometimes, it’s easy to overlook some miracles.
I decided to share this story, not to elevate myself but to elevate my God and encourage some woman somewhere….
I am an architect by profession. You see, I have always prided myself on my God-given intelligence, but time and time again He shows me that it’s not by my power….
Like when i was to get into the University. I put in for Chemical Engr in Uniben (orchestrated by my mother, but that’s another long story). I scored 7As and 2Cs with 227 in Jamb. At d time, 219 was cut off for Engineering. I was from catchment area (Edo state), i had “people” in power (DVC Acad was our family friend) and i scored above cut off…. But u knw what? I didn’t get in! First, second, third batch came and went… but my destiny was neither with Chem. Engineering nor in UNIBEN….
So my parents went to the then Edo State University to seek admission for me into any Engineering course available. But guess what? The man they met, Student Affairs Dean, offered them a place in Architecture. He said i had the prerequisites. At the time, Edo State University, Ekpoma; had one of the best departments of Architecture in Nigeria… so that was how i started my sojourn into a male-dominated world. God showed me that it was not by my “power”!
I proceeded to graduate best in my class both BSc and MSc Programmes. That was God too. But the story is for another day….
Then i started working.
I tried to register for my professional exams, 2yrs into my working life, but a lot of bureaucracy after, i abandoned it.
I got married and got busy….. and forgot all about exams….
Then one day, 10yrs after, something happens that jolts me to reality. I must get registered. All this quackery is not cool anymore….
So i begin the long, ardous process of getting registered as a chartered architect in Nigeria.
I attended a tutorial class (7am-5pm every saturday and sunday for 4 long months). I was determined to pass the exams at first trial. I had heard so much about this dreaded exams. I couldn’t trust only my brains after 3 children….
So after the tutorials, feeling sufficiently prepared, i sit for the exams. Oh my! What an anticlimax!!! I was scared shitless! The exams were so strange that I didn’t know if I’d done well or not!
I had never failed an exam before and i wasn’t going to start now. So i prayed! Oh how i prayed!!! I made deals with God. I cried and begged Him… i relentlessly prayed… for all of the 2 weeks it took to bring out the results. I begged God for 50% (passmark) in each of the 4 papers… so i could be free….
My sisters, the results came out, and guess what??? I got a prize for Best in one of the papers- 303…. and wait for it… Best Overall in the Nation!!!
Oh my Lord and my God!!!! I only asked for a pass… and He, who is able to do above and exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine…. He surprised me! Glory to His name!!!
I rememebered all the sleepless nights, the day i had to beg my sister to stay with my son on admission while i went for class… the days i had to lock myself up from hubby and 3kids to read… and the tears came rolling…. Hallelujah!
Oh i do know i am intelligent, but Best Overall??? Now that has GOT to be GOD!!!!
Here i am (photos) receiving my award last week in Asaba for this amazing feat! Me, fulltime working mother of three! If i could do it, so can you!!!
What is that thing you have been postponing? Go for it, girl!!! God with you, you can do the unimaginable!!!
P.S. Apologies for the long post. You needed the background to appreciate the story.
P.P.S. I met my awesome husband in Ekpoma… i did mention that my destiny was there, right? *wink*”