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Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:44

“I still want to go to school” — 9 year old groundnut hawker in Anambra state

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Late Nelson Mandela, a former President of South Africa, once highlighted the power of education when he defined it as the greatest engine of personal development through which the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, while the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine and a child of a farm-worker can become the president of a great nation.


In other words, for him, Education is for all regardless of sex, race and background. But for 9 years old Sunday Nwaeke such statements are fairly tales and holds no water.Sunday Nwaeke, locally known within the premises of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra state, as groundnut boy or in Igbo “Nwa granut” was born in Ebonyi state in 2008. He was a primary 2 pupil of Community Primary School Iza, Ebonyi state.In 2016 he moved to Anambra State, having dropped out of school, and now live with his mother’s sister who deals on cooked groundnuts. He hawks groundnut inside and within the premises of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State.



In a brief chat with street photographer, Benneth Nwankwo, when asked if he wish to continue his education, he expressed optimism in that regard but doubts its actualization as his parents are very poor.

Sunday, according to him, has five siblings and is the third child of his parents. Both parents are alive and lives in Iza Ebonyi State while he resides in Nanka Anambra State with his Aunty.

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