From Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
Damaturu, 17 February 2020 On our way coming back from a wedding with a friend Suleiman Dauda we decided to branch and pick some local chickens for the December break, after buying the chick we proceeded to the meet a skilled poultry dresser for slaughter and dressing.
Upon arrival, I was surprised when the owner of the stand called my name: He said: “Dr ina wuni” (Good afternoon Dr), I was like, maybe is one those people who knew me through social media, as he started his work, I know became curious and asked him, have we met before?
He said yes sir, ”I attended the occasion of the launching of your scholarship program” and I was like, are you a student? then he said yes sir, but I have graduated this year (2018) waiting for my NYSC.
I was impressed and became more curious, I asked further, what did you study? He said, “I studied COMPUTER SCIENCE,” I ask again, and your class of degree, please?, and he drops the shocker and said, “Sir I graduated with first class.
Ali Shu’aibu is a determined young man from a family who are poor by Economist Index but rich in heart and determination to succeed by all odds.
His family source of income is from poultry slaughter and dressing and time retail of local chickens.
He attended Federal Government College Azare but almost missed his West African Examination Council (WAEC) because of N36,000. He then resolved to go and write the WAEC at one of the Government Secondary School but his father (whom I also met today) insisted that he will work hard to raise the said amount before the time.
Shu’aibu came home before WAEC, work along with his father until they met the N36,000 requirements. He wrote his WAEC and got one of the best results. After WAEC he applied, sat and passed Remedial Science.
Shu’aibu said “I don’t know anything about a computer, because we don’t have it in our house but I still applied for the course, in my part 1, it is all science courses so I have no much challenge to pass them.
During our part 1 break, I worked so hard and saved N30,000 Naira, upon resumption to school I bought a used ‘Tokunbo’ laptop computer”
Ali uses the computer to study through the four years he stayed in the university and graduated with FIRST CLASS.
“While I wait for my NYSC, in the night I browse a lot and read a lot on IT”, He said.
“This is the business (poultry dressing) that paid my school fees” Shu’aibu added.
I thought I met just a poultry dresser, later I realised I met not just a Computer Science graduate but a first-class graduate!
A chicken dresser has made it to first class. All Shu’aibu needs and people like him is mentorship, a network of thinkers and a little push.