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24-year-old Nigerian man who sold meat to sponsor his education finally graduates, bags Political Science degree

24-year-old, Micheal Ebe who sold meat at an abbatoir to sponsor his education has finally earned a degree in Political Science at Ebonyi State University, Nigeria.

Micheal, an Ebonyi, Nigeria-based butcher obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a second-class upper while juggling his studies and work. In an interview with Punch, he described his challenges and how he overcame them.

He stated that he grew up in a polygamous home with many siblings around for his parent to take care of but his father promised him that he was going to further his education upon completion of high school but unfortunately, his father died.

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”The day he died, I lost all hope that I was not going to go to school again. It really broke my heart. He had told me that I would go to school, no matter what, as long as he was alive. So, when he passed away, I felt my world had ended.” Micheal said.

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”I tried to speak to my brothers, but I knew they were struggling to get their lives together, too. On my dad’s dying bed, he told me something that inspired me to keep pushing to get a university education. He said, “Even if I die and cannot train you as I trained your brothers, God will raise people who will train you.” That encouraged me a lot,” he added.

Deriving strength from his father’s words, Micheal wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to study for law at Ebonyi State University but he was denied admission because he did not meet the cut-off mark for Law.

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He mentioned that his journey to becoming a butcher was after his father passed away. Micheal said his brother-in-law, who worked as a butcher, invited him to join him at the abattoir and he began by helping slaughter cows and was paid a daily wage.

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Micheal said he also joined a savings group where he saved most of his earnings and only spent the least part. After working for two years, he used the money he had saved to apply and study Political Science at Ebonyi State University.

He mentioned that combining schooling and being a butcher was challenging. He said he never attended any 8 am lecture because he had to go to the abattoir in the morning, do the butchering, and supply his customers before rushing to meet up for lectures.

” I would go to the abattoir in the morning, do the butchering, and supply my customers before having a bath and rushing to meet up with lectures from wherever. It was really tough. After school, I would not even get home; I would go back to the shop to ensure I attend to the evening customers,” he said.

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He said juggling school and work affected his business. Some customers were unhappy at first because he was not always available. However, many customers were understanding and supportive, even changing their schedules for him.

He mentioned that during the exam period, he had to prioritize his studies, often sacrificing sleep to study late into the night. Micheal added that despite the difficulties, he was determined to do well in school and not let his business interfere with his academic performance.

Reflecting on the academic journey, he said that he did not plan on setting a record but rather to achieve success for the benefit of his future children. He said though the academic journey was difficult, he also felt a sense of excitement about his achievements.

Micheal said he is proud to have made it without relying on others for help. He said his goal is to inspire younger individuals to be independent and not always rely on their parents for everything.

 

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