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Reading: 18-year-old homeless boy beats colleagues to become his school’s best student, bags Civil Engineering degree from US university
Reading: 18-year-old homeless boy beats colleagues to become his school’s best student, bags Civil Engineering degree from US university

18-year-old homeless boy beats colleagues to become his school’s best student, bags Civil Engineering degree from US university

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An 18-year-old old boy identified as Griffin Furlong has deferred all odds as he sprinted towards success in his university.


Griffin beat his colleagues to become the top graduate in his school despite living in the streets.


Griffin lost his precious mother to cancer which rendered him homeless through out his youth age in Florida, USA.

He never thought of achieving this feat giving his situation.


Upon all the constraints, he was able to score 4.65 grade points which attracted many people to start doing fundraising for him so that he can be able to pay his tuition fees.

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Griffin recounted his blessings “people from California are contacting me, people from Hawaii, it’s truly been weird”.


In just few days after the fundraising event was started they were able to raise more than $30,000 to help him pay for his college education.

The love he has received from colleagues and well wishers, he claim has humbled him but mainly focusing his attention in the future.


He later enrolled at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, to study civil engineering.

Just four years after his enrollment, he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied science (B.A.Sc.)in civil engineering.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.