A Nigerian graduate, Olutimehin Ilenre, has decided to do away with somethings he no longer needs and to the shock of many his academic certificates happen to be top on his list.

See Why This Nigerian Graduate Burnt His WAEC, JAMB, NYSC Certificates
Nigerian graduate, Olutimehin Ilenre burning his certificates

One cannot begin to imagine what level of pain must have forced the History and International Studies graduate to set his certificates ablaze. Or was it made as content to gather impressions?

It was on a Monday morning that Ilenre who graduated from Ajayi Crowther University (ACU) in Oyo State set his certificates on fire while narrating the reasons for his action.


Useless Certificates

Ilenre burnt his Bachelor of Arts, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Certificates.

In a video released on social media on Monday, Ilenre said he burnt his certificates due to a lack of a job.

To him, the current situation in the country has rendered his certificates useless.

“To get a certificate in this country is like a waste of time,” he lamented.

Present Reality

The Nigerian graduate added that even when travelling out of the country, the certificates are rendered useless.

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He noted that he 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 for which his certificates were not needed.


Ilenre, therefore, advised Nigerian youth to learn handwork due to the country’s present realities and urged parents to empower their children to learn handwork and trade.

“I finished school in 2010 and did my NYSC in 2010/2011; till today, I haven’t used these certificates to get a job,” Ilenre said.

Unfortunately, now that he has burnt his certificate, a company may be ready to offer him a job, but where is the credentials.

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