Ngozi Andrew, a determined and brilliant lady has shared her inspiring story on how she lost her dad when she was tender, entered university when she was almost 30, and yet graduated with first-class honors.
Ngozi, who took her LinkedIn page to narrate her story said revealed that she had actually dropped out of secondary school at SS1 because her mum was being weighed down with the burden to train herself and her 7 siblings.
The linguistics and communications graduate from the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT) added that she had to go to Lagos State to work as a house help in other to help raise money for her education.
Below is her story:
“I was a high school dropout❗
“Only my immediate family knows this about me, but I didn’t finish secondary school. “I dropped out at SS1 which is equivalent to grade 10 in the American Education System.
“My father died early, leaving only my mum to take care of 8 of us. Out of these 8 children, 2 were seriously sick and had to go in and out of the emergency room at regular intervals.
“The burden was just too heavy for one woman so I had to put my education on hold and get a job. “This decision was doubly devastating for me because I was a straight A student and had such lofty dreams for my future.
“I wanted to be an international lawyer. “I left the village for Lagos to take up work as a house maid, for a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who lived in Ikeja. “My job was to take care of the their 3 children.
“Within a month of my stay with them, they sacked their children’s lesson teacher and I took over. “In their words, I was better than the teacher so why pay when I can do it.
“Apart from my regular duties and lesson teaching, I also work as office assistant in his home office, during the weekends.
“I thought that, with all the extra work I was doing, they would enrol me in a secondary school but they never did even though I begged them on several occasions.
“When I think of it now, I wonder if I wasn’t doing as good a job as I thought I was doing for them or maybe I wasn’t asking the right way.
“I kept my dream of getting more education alive by reading. I read everything in the lawyer’s office, from the Nigerian law review to the complete works of Shakespeare and he graciously indulged me “Then I left them and went to work for a lady who was a manager in UBA at the time.
“I negotiated with her to work without salary but she has to enrol me in an evening school so I can finish my secondary education. “I was never enrolled and neither did I get paid.
“Fast forward to 2010, after several menial jobs, I finally saved enough and registered for GCE myself and cleared my papers. In 2013 I did jamb and Post UME. My name was number 13 on Uniport’s merit list that year.
“By the time I got into University, I was hugging 30 and I was in a class of fresh brained 19 and 20 year olds. But I was determined to put in my very best and I came out with a first Class.
“I decided to tell this story, not because that certificate made my life perfect but to encourage someone who might be on the verge of abandoning their dream.
“As we prepare to welcome 2022, hold on tightly to your dreams. If you can conceive it, then the strength you need to achieve it is already planted deep within you.
“Hold on tightly to those dreams, let the winds buffett and the waves roar, don’t let go.
“Even when you come to what looks like a dead end, Don’t abandon the journey,just look for an alternative route, there is always one at the next corner.”
As of the time of making updating this page, her story has inspired over 10,000 LinkedIn users with many tagging it as very touching.
Below are some of the reactions:
Maxwell E: Very inspiring. You story is similar to a that of a young lady whom I only knew as Gloria, back in my days as and NCE student. She was an indegent student and studies accounting education. She was a bit loquacious, but one thing you couldn’t take from her was industry. Gloria would hawk pap, bread or one thing or the other, from one hostel block to the other every morning before lecture hours. She would plait other ladies’ for pay after leecture hours. Mehn, this babe was your typical hustler. The best part was that she wasn’t ‘an Urgent 2k’ girl. I respected so much that I drew some inspiration from her. I would always say, if Gloria being a woman, did it. I will. I am glad that there are people like you who inspire the nation to greater heights. Kudos, for all you achieved despite the odds that were stacked against you. I wish you more wins. Cheers. If you don’t mind, let’s connect. I will sure learn a lot more from you. Thanks.
emem robert: A tough journey. But you shined through. Amazing that the ones we expect to help do not. People only looking out for themselves and their families alone in this world. Where are the values we were taught as kids? Enough said. Congratulations again beautiful and brainy. More wins ahead for you. Amen
Yvonne: What am amazing story of uncommon determination and resilience despite all the challenges you faced. I hope your story inspires someone. Wish you the very best for the future. I can only wish that God will forgive all this people who you came across and were in position to help you much earlier. Typical of all this so called rich 🤑 people. All the best for the future.
Ige: Congrats, so inspiring. When people come into your life in whatever way as it is with househelps etc, endeavour to make them better. Do not use the bad ones as excuse to deprive the good ones of help. Truth is that when people dont help, its because they are just that way. I wonder what oga SAN and oga madam for uba feel as they read this success story. It all happened without them.