Prince Abudu wasn’t given the option of slacking off as a youngster. The determination and drive to succeed was ingrained in his character.
Now, the inspiring, young man and Morehouse senior is the 2016 International Rhodes Scholar. The scholarship supports students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as future leaders.
Abudu’s mother supported her son’s educational journey by sending him to boarding school although her earnings only amounted to $40 every two weeks.
“She would go to the market in the morning and get a lot of citrus fruits that she would sell for a profit of $40 or $50,” he said. “Bearing in mind that my fees are over $600, she had to do this several times.”
Her determination soon became his, and Abudu understood the importance of staying focused on education first.
“I couldn’t be irresponsible. I didn’t have that choice,” he said. “It was built into my character because I wanted to change the situation for my family.”
From his family’s small farm in Chegutu, Zimbabwe, to Atlanta, he went with the support of Higher Life, a foundation that was said to have supported Abudu on his journey to America and Morehouse College.
“I had never left the continent or been on a plane before, so everything was a new experience for me,” he recalled. “Once Morehouse happened and I got to Morehouse, I realized that I could dream bigger. I could think international. I could think of going global in terms of aspirations.”
After being selected as the Rhodes Scholar in December — the fourth Morehouse student to be selected for the prestigious scholarship — Abudu will pursue a master’s degree in engineering science with a focus on optical wireless communications, using light to transmit data signals, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
“I’m blessed and excited. This would not have been possible without the support of my family in Zimbabwe and the new family I have been favored with at Morehouse College,” Abudu said. “This is an opportunity that I have dreamed of all my life.”
(Photo: Fox 5 Atlanta)