Behind the scenes with Nike Davies-Okundaye: The kaleidoscopic life Of Nike Okundaye
29 February 2020 | 8:12 pm
Nike Davies-Okundaye needs no introduction. In fact, many readily identify her as the speaker invited to Ivy League schools who has no formal education. Teaching herself English after dropping out of school after form six, she has risen above many challenges like child marriage, menial jobs, among others to find success.
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