First Class graduate who turned to cassava farmer in his village for survival

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A very sad incident is said to have happened as a brilliant First Class graduate by the name of Emmanuel Nworie has now turned to farming as a means of survival after completing the university.

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According to reports, the exceptionally brilliant young man was said to have graduated with a CGPA of 4.92 on a 5-point scale from the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)  but due to lack of jobs is now farming in Ebonyi state which is in Nigeria.

Emmanuel stated that during his one-year internship after his polytechnic studies, he took other teaching jobs and saved more money till he was able to fund his university education.

He further went ahead to state that eight years after graduating from secondary school, he gained admission to the department of mathematics, faculty of physical sciences at UNN where he won the gold medal in the university category of the 2018 national mathematics competition.

After completing his one-year mandatory national youth service as a teacher in a secondary school in Enugu state, Emmanuel was retained to teach Advanced Mathematics at the school while placed on a monthly salary of $77.46 (N35,000) per month.

However, as the Covid-19 pandemic led to the shutdown of schools and businesses, the first-class graduate was compelled to return to Ebonyi where he engaged in cassava planting with his mother on a piece of land his late father left for them.

After the lockdown was lifted, Emmanuel returned to the city to continue with his secondary school teaching job. It was during that period that he learned about the MT Scholarships and decided to apply.

He revealed that he lost his father to diabetes and hypertension in 2005 when he was in secondary school, which largely affected his plans of furthering his studies and applying for international scholarships.

According to the young man, it would take him up to seven years to save for US graduate application fees going by his N35k monthly salary.

Emmanuel shared his ordeal on social media as he stated saying;

“And punished for what exactly? For the “crime” of being born at the wrong place at the wrong time. There was a time in Nigeria a prodigy like him would have been calling the shots, regardless of his family circumstances.

“In many other parts of the world today, he would be pushing the boundaries of science, adding to the commonwealth of knowledge, exploring what is possible, preaching the beauty of Math. But alas, he was born poor in Nigeria.”

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