Publications

PUBLISHED: 1. Philip, Aaron Akpu (2024) “Double wahala for dead body”: Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among Persons with Disabilities Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Nigeria. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/246681/ 2. Nwakasi, C., Esiaka, D., Staab, T**., Philip, A.*; Arinze, C.A. (2023) HIV knowledge and information access among Nigerian female cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcpo.2023.100456 3. Darlingtina, E., …

Dr AAP

THE PHD JOURNEY IS OVER

I have thought of the best way to begin this post, but for the first time in a long time, the words do not flow. This is strange for someone who makes so much noise like me. If you have followed my posts across my socials, you would have been taken on a journey that began in 2019. I posted …

AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION

Daughter: Hi mum, please where did you say daddy is right now? Mum: Oh!! He has a meeting with his supervisors in school. Daughter: Are you sure because it is possible he used that as an excuse to run away from the house so that I do not disturb him. Mum: No I don’t think so. He holds frequent meetings …

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FAILURE

I know u have heard of this topic many times said in different ways but I intend to communicate it and repeat it to you via this short story. Come with me… It was the year 2007 after graduating from secondary school with massive dreams of going into university to begin my journey as an undergraduate student. Like many of …

WE WILL NEVER GET TO THE TOP – WE ARE THERE ALREADY

Dear friend, I come to you with a short story. Come with me: Yesterday at about 12:30 am after conducting an interview for my ongoing research, I decided to go on Instagram before I caught some sleep. Divinely, I stumbled on the profile of a young man who turned 25. I was amazed at how many cars and houses he …

“HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE AARON?” – THE POWER OF STORIES

I am a fan of sharing my stories. I share my failures. I share my wins. Sometimes this is a coping strategy for me and a way to keep myself accountable as I keep climbing my ladder of life. It is also a way of inspiring others towards growth. As a result, I have had the privilege of hearing the …

NO GOOD DEED IS SMALL

In 2006, while in secondary school, I was appointed the Senior Prefect or Head boy of my secondary school (St. John Bosco Secondary School Doma, Nasarawa State, Nigeria). It meant that I was the number 1 student in the school😀. I totally enjoyed my time steering the affairs of the students. I admit that in certain instances, I may have …

An Imagined conversation

Daughter: Hey Dad, where are you going all dressed up like this? AAP: I am going to school to study. Daughter: Do you have to go? AAP: Yes, if I do not go, I will not be paid my stipends as a scholarship student and it means there will be no money for your food. Would you like that? Daughter: …

A JULY IMAGINED CONVERSATION

Daughter: Hey Dad, the last time we spoke, you claimed that if you do not go to school, your stipends will not be paid and I won’t get food to eat. AAP: That is correct Daughter: Okay, let us go to your school together today, I would like to contribute my bit. AAP: That is a terrific idea, let us …

THE STRUGGLE

A few years ago, I had big dreams of wanting to secure a scholarship. Then in 2011, while in my 3rd year at University, I was awarded the Total Scholarship. Immediately after that, I began to fantasize about a scholarship abroad. In 2016, I was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for an M.Sc in the UK. After my M.Sc together with …

An imagined conversation and the definition of success.

AAP: Why do you have my student ID card and cap on? Daughter: Because when I grow up, I will love to attend QUT too because they gave you a scholarship. Thanks to them, I get food to eat😀. AAP: It does not work like that, as you grow up, your priorities might change and you may change your mind. …