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Graduate who wrote O’level exams 17 times, recounts the sacrifices made by his mom

"She spent all her salaries as a school teacher on me, she neglected all her needs"

A Nigerian graduate, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, who wrote O’level exams 17 times in five years before making it, has recounted how his mother, Mrs. Esther Ahmadu, went to great length to ensure he completed his education.

Ahmadu, who successfully completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State in July 2020, told BBC that: “My mom has been the one God used in sponsoring majority of my enrollments throughout the 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and the entire 17 O’level examination attempts, including the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) I wrote 5 times.

As shocking as it may appear, my mom spent virtually all her salaries thereby neglecting her personal needs as a School Teacher, she borrowed money from people, engaged in all types of petty businesses shamelessly and sometimes went the extra mile to obtain bank loan just to sponsor my enrollments and education and that of my other siblings.

She trained us in God’s way from childhood and she never gave up on any of her children despite oppossing tides and societal challenges. She encouraged us all the way, she will always say, “don’t be tired, all will become well.”

 

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