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My Autobiography: Using Hardships as Stepping Stones to Future Success by Mukaila Adegoke

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My name is Mukaila Adegoke, born on 15th February 1962 in Iwo, Osun State of Nigeria- an era when President John F Kennedy established his office as 35th president of the USA and gave a major input in the history of civil rights. President John F Kennedy pressurized the government authorities and organizations to provide work for African Americans equivalent to Britain Civil Service. In his time, more African Americans were appointed to federal government posts. The year 1962, when I was born, was the time when a black student registered very first time at the University of Mississippi.

In 1963, the organization of African Unity (OAU) was also formed in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia near Nigeria. I was born at home to a poor family in a village with no medical assistance. At that time, Nigeria was very poor country as a whole divided into different geopolitical regions; The Western parts, Eastern, and Northern parts. My father, late Mr. Adegoke Atanda, was a farmer from Iwo in Osun State while my mother- late Mrs. Munirat Adegoke, was a trader from Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.

As a child, I spent most of my childhood living without basic amenities like piped-borne water and electricity. In 1967, I was enrolled into District Primary School, Iwo. That year, the Nigerian Civil War started as a result of military coup and counter-coup which proved to be a great human tragedy in the history of Nigeria (This Day in History 1967). This war proved to be a great setback for all those living there. In 1968, I got enrolled in District Primary School. During these days, I had to travel long distance on foot with many other students.

Daily, we covered four miles to and from school because there was no transport available nearby. For me, learning and socializing with friends were new experiences and absolutely fun. However, I did not find myself as confident as I could have been in the beginning of my school career.

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