Yesterday, we brought you the story of the 60 year old Adalabu Seribor is a JSS II student of Izon College, Bomadi- Overside in Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State (HERE). Now we have got more photos and details of him, courtesy of Vanguard.
"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. I also do not want a situation whereby someone else would interprete or write for me if eventually I am chosen to hold an office in my community,"
"I am sixty years now and the reason why I decided to go to school at this age is 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 childbirth when I was a little boy, while my father was a hunter. I was raised by a grandmother after the death of my mother and later taken to a step-mother when my father remarried.
"I went through discomfort and hardship from 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 laid dead. I went through struggles all through my life. I was opportune 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 fled back to my father.
I had no opportunity to go to school since then, and continued doing menial jobs to survive, which I am still doing.
On his decision to return to school at his old age, he said;
"I realized that without education one cannot do well in this present society. I also do not want a situation whereby someone else would interprete or write for me if eventually I am chosen to hold an office in my community." Makes a living pushing wheelbarrow Seribor, who also explained how he managed to combine his studies and work, "I am a truck-pusher. After school hours, I go back home to look for work to do, which I have been doing to earn a living. I pay my school fees from there. I am determined to complete my education because of the pains in my heart. Have come to realise that one cannot do well without education in this society. I do all type of menial jobs for a living: I pack dirt from gutters, I pack sand, clear grasses in people's compounds and pack soak away faeces in the dead of the night. I am a JSS II student and by the grace of God I will finish from this school."
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