My name is Oluwaseun Matthew Ajayi; a young Nigerian in his late 20’s. I hail from Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria. I had my Primary School Education at Saint Peter’s Anglican Primary School, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos between 1995 and 2000, before I proceeded to Saint Dominic’s High School, Akure where I had my Secondary School Education in 2006.
My first degree was undertaken at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) where I bagged a First Class Honours in Biology in 2012. I graduated top of my department; which gave me an automatic employment into the same department as a Graduate/Research Assistant in 2014.
Following this, I was privileged to win a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2015 which enabled me to enjoy an overseas Postgraduate education, an MSc degree in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. I finished my MSc with a distinction.
I am currently working as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biology, FUTA. I teach undergraduate courses and also supervise undergraduate students in their projects. In addition, I supervise Year 3 students offering ENT302 (Enterpreneurship and Mentorship). My research focuses on the assessment of the health and environmental impacts of chemical and persistent organic pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals using biological models. Specifically, I also carry out studies concerned with the effect of exposures in the workplace and I extensively collaborate with colleagues on research projects involving the screening of herbal products using conventional and scientific methods of preparation in the reduction of malaria menace.
I met Babajide Macaulay during my undergraduate studies but the bond was strengthened when I was absorbed into the Department of Biology as an academic staff. My voyage into the world of Academic mentorship started under him. As a Commonwealth Alumnus, he was entitled to privileged information regarding Scholarships and Fellowships. On a fateful day, Babajide called me as touching a new fellowship scheme which he got in his e-mail tagged, “Commonwealth Scholarship for low and middle Income countries”. He encouraged me to apply and promised to guide me along the way in my application. Babajide is someone who is very detailed and meticulous; he will not be comfortable with a shabby approach to scholarship applications. I remembered him correcting my plan of study extensively and making useful contributions that will help influence positively the outcome of the scholarship application. One thing I learnt from him during this period was that you can achieve whatever you set your eyes on if only you are determined enough.
Weeks went by and the long awaited e-mail came in. Alas, I was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship. To crown it all, I was privileged to be the first Commonwealth Scholar at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. I owe the outcome of the Scholarship application to God. However, I can boldly say God used Babajide along the way. His penchant for quality made the difference. He also wrote a recommendation letter in support of my application for the scholarship which I think influenced the outcome.
If I am to make recommendation to prospective students seeking international scholarship, Babajide will be the first point of call. Not only because he is good at producing quality applications, but primarily because he has won three (3) International postgraduate Scholarships himself. Coupled with the host of other successful applicants he has guided and mentored. I have no doubt about his expertise and proficiency in handling scholarship and academic related endeavours. I strongly recommend his online platform, ILLUMANIA.