Snowdon award is no miracle thanks to sheer hard work of Coventry student

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Tuesday 24 May 2011

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A partially sighted student from Coventry University has travelled to the House of Commons to receive an award for excellence from Lord Snowdon.

Nigerian-born Miracle Maduforo applied to the Snowdon Award Scheme - a charity that provides grants to students with physical or sensory disabilities - to help buy electronic Braille displaying equipment.

Miracle was given the equipment on the provision that he worked hard and had a good attendance record.

Dr Gideon Maas, Director at the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, said he had achieved even more than that.

He said:

Miracle more than deserves this award in recognition of his hard work. Probably uniquely, he has achieved 100% attendance during the three years of his degree, which is a fantastic achievement in itself.

He is a remarkable young man and is on course to get excellent degree results and we’re all really proud of him.

Miracle said he was grateful for the help and support he has received during his studies at Coventry University.

He said:

I am really glad that I was able to buy this equipment because it has given me a comfortable approach to reading and engaging with a wide range of study material.

My grades are excellent and I’m expecting a good degree. Once I’ve finished my course I’m aiming to start an online business trading African art.


I really enjoyed going to London to meet Lord Snowdon and I feel proud of what I have achieved.

As well as setting up his online business, Miracle’s ambition is to one day enter Nigerian politics.


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