Kaetochuku Okafor has just bagged a degree in Business Administration while getting drafted into the Canadian Football League.
May 7, 2017, will probably remain the most memorable day of Kay’s life. He started off the day bagging a degree in Business Administration from the St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
That same day, he got drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Speaking with CBC Canada, he said:
“To graduate from university and get drafted was amazing. And to have my dad here for it was the best part of everything.”
But all of this wasn't planned from birth for Kay.
6 years ago when he was 18, Kay left home in Enugu, leaving behind his mother, father, 3 sisters and a brother.
In fact, spotting his father in the crowd at his graduation was the first time he'd seen an immediate family member since leaving Nigeria in 2011.
“I actually didn’t know if he was going to make it because his flight got cancelled the day before, so we had to get him on a flight to Fredericton instead of Halifax on the morning of my graduation."
The CBC reports that Okafor's reputation has a lot of physical strength and strong mentoring skills as proof. He smashed every test.
In fact, he bench-pressed about 102kg 30 times.
The Head Coach of St. FX football team, Gary Waterman, said:
“He was the captain of our football team and he mentored a lot of young players on our team.
That aspect was so important. Even though his physical play for us was great, the other elements he brought to the table was just as great for our program.”
While only his father was able
Only his father was able to make it to his graduation. Okafor will be leaving for Hamilton’s training camp next week. He’s already planning a return trip to Nigeria following the CFL season in time for Christmas.