A frustrated Nigerian graduate of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, identified as Olutimain Alvin, has taken the drastic step of burning all his academic certificates. Alvin set ablaze all his certificates from primary school through university due to his frustration with the inability to secure a good job, a struggle spanning 13 years since his graduation.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Alvin expressed his exasperation, stating, “I graduated in 2010, did my NYSC in 2011. Over 13 years, I have not used these certificates to do anything. It is better to even be illiterate than to have useless certificates.”
He added that the certificates are rendered useless even when travelling out of the country and had been unable to sleep in the last week after he recalled that all the jobs he had done for the past 13 years were jobs that rendered his certificates useless
Despite the extreme action, he offered advice to parents, urging them to ensure their children acquire skills that can enhance productivity without solely relying on white-collar jobs.
This made me cry… SAD. pic.twitter.com/yqIwJTt6hO
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) November 13, 2023