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Reading: From House Help to First Class Graduate, See the Inspiring Story Of a Lady that Amazed Over 10,000 Netizens
Reading: From House Help to First Class Graduate, See the Inspiring Story Of a Lady that Amazed Over 10,000 Netizens

From House Help to First Class Graduate, See the Inspiring Story Of a Lady that Amazed Over 10,000 Netizens

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From House Help to First Class Graduate, See the Inspiring Story Of a Lady that Amazed Over 10,000 Netizens
From House Help to First Class Graduate, See the Inspiring Story Of a Lady that Amazed Over 10,000 Netizens

House Help, Ngozi Andrew, a determined and brilliant woman, recently shared her inspiring story on her LinkedIn page. She recounted how she had lost her father when she was young, and how she had entered university at the age of nearly thirty. Despite these setbacks, she was able to graduate with first-class honors from the University of Port Harcourt in Linguistics and Communications.

Ngozi revealed that she had dropped out of secondary school at SS1 due to the financial burden faced by her mother to support her and her seven siblings. In order to raise money for her education, she moved to Lagos State to work as a house help.

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She was able to overcome the event of loosing a father to the claws of death. She was able to over come her predicaments and set the records straight. Her story is an inspiration .

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.
God bless you❗
Merry Christmas🌹🌹
#newyear2022 #courage”

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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.