A youthful Nigerian lady, who financed her education by selling a local foodstuff known as garri, has been honored with a scholarship to study Marketing at the university level. This accolade was granted to her by the Onyekwelu Ogonna Foundation, a private organization, which will cover all her academic expenses.
An enterprising 20 year old Nigerian named Obasi Precious Chigozirim, who funded her education by hawking cassava flour, commonly referred to as garri, has secured a full scholarship to further her studies at the university.
In an interaction with Legit, Precious, the youngest child in a financially-challenged family, shared her living condition. She resides with her sickly father and her mother, a teacher by profession.
Precious reflected that her mother has not received her salary from the government for several years, which complicates their predicament. She resolved to start a garri business, and funnel the profits into her education expenses.
“Owing to my father’s ill health and government’s outstanding payments to my mother, my siblings still must school,” noted Precious.
“Surprisingly, I have found myself with no other sponsor besides my garri venture, which I believe, by God’s grace, will see me through my studies,” she further added. She successfully cleared the Joint Entrance Matriculation Examination.
Precious was accepted to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi, for a degree in Marketing. She intends to lodge off-campus to maintain her garri enterprise and used the digital platform to solicit for more patronage to aid her through school.
A 20-year-old lady who sold garri to finance her schooling secures full university scholarship
Her condition caught the attention of the Onyekwelu Ogonna Foundation, a private organization, while she was soliciting clients on the internet, leading them to grant her a scholarship to cover all her university expenses.
At the helm of the foundation, Mrs. Akah Ogonna, regarded Precious as a beneficiary of the foundation. She also pledged to support Precious’s education till graduation and committed 20,000 naira to aid her cause.
“In January (2024), my tuition and other school necessities will be covered. I received 20,000 naira from her a few weeks ago for maintenance,” remarked Precious.
Precious appreciated the Onyekwelu Ogonna Foundation and all media outlets that extended a hand of support for her education.