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Meet widow who sponsored graduate that bagged multiple awards after writing O’level exams 17 times



Esther Ahmadu, a virtuous widow and mother of five children who recently retired, has shown that being a mother entails much more than childbirth.

Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, the second child of Esther Ahmadu went from being a less privileged student who against repetitive failures and delays soared high to a point of winning numerous national and international award competitions representing both his University and Nigeria.

Recall that on 16th July 2020, Emmanuel successfully completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State with several awards and recommendations to his name for his selfless service and commitments to over 500 community households and 50 schools across 3 Local Government Areas of Kwara State within 154 days.

On the international front, Emmanuel recently represented Nigeria in Bangladesh, India on 28th July, 2020 via Google Meet virtual conference along side Indian Professors and Mental Health Advocates, where he spoke on “Suicide Prevention” as an offshoot of the COVID-19 pandemic situation which has become a major health challenge across the World.

Emmanuel, who seeks financial support and partnership from national and international stakeholders to drive home solutions to Nigeria, was able to share innovative ideas from his sensational story and field experiences that have restored hope to thousands of people in different parts of Nigeria and beyond.

The high-flying graduate told BBC that the experience of raising money to repetitively register one exam over and over again for 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University was a traumatic experience.

“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,” Emmanuel said.

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