A rare happening has been spotted in Delta State, Nigeria, where a 60-year-old man, identified as Mr. Adalabu Seribor, has been reported to have enrolled in a secondary school in the state.
Seribor, who was formally a wheelbarrow pusher, is now attending Izon College, located at Bomadi-Overside in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State as a Junior Secondary School 11 student.
In an interview with Southern City, the man narrated how he came about to attending the secondary school.
He said, “I am sixty years now and I decided to go to school at this age because I perpetually feel the pain of being an illiterate in this modern world where everything has to do with English and education.
“My mother died during child birth when I was a little boy while my father was a hunter. I was bred by a grandmother after the death of my mother and later taken to a step-mother when my father remarried.
“I went through pains and hardship at my tender age to adulthood. It would interest you to know that I was so tender at the time my mother died that I was crying for food while she lay dead.
“I went through struggles all through my life history. I had the opportunity to go to school at my young age, when a relative who was a magistrate at Ekeremor in Bayelsa State took me to his house.
“But because of early morning beatings due to my failure to greet him when rising from bed, I went back to my father. I had no opportunity to go to school since then, and continued in hard labour to survive in life, which I am still doing.”
Seribor acknowledged that education is very important and can help people grow in their chosen profession.
He said he would like to teach, an interest that would require him to proceed to the Teachers’ Training College after completing his secondary school programme.
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