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Nigerian boy who once hawked in Lagos becomes university student after being helped by a foreigner

A young Nigerian man, Kachi Ogbonna, who used to hawk on the streets as a little boy is on his way to being a graduate courtesy of a foreigner.

According to his helper identified as Joop van der Vinne on LinkedIn, he met the young man on the street of Lagos where he sold groundnuts. He said Kachi was in the business to save for his education.

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His non-governmental organization, CAB, took his matter up and they pooled resources to make his dream a reality.

Joop said that though the journey has not been easy, he is happy that Kachi finally got admission into Ajayi Crowther University where he now studies electrical engineering. The man shared three photos of the young man.

One of them is a throwback photo showing him hawking. Another has him in a matriculation gown, while the third shows him sitting in a class as he gets ready for lectures.

Nigerians on social media found the gesture and transition heartwarming.

Ifeanyi Awgu said: Thanks Joop!

Ngozi Onyia: God bless you Joop. Nothing more to say to you. Kachi, make the best of the chance you’ve been given then pay it forward.

Chuka Asiegbunam; Thank you. Deeply appreciated.

Ujunwa Aja-Onu said: I agree. Education is the most important gift to any human being. Welldone!


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