Never Too Late: Meet The 42-Year-Old J.S.S 1 Student In Abuja (PHOTO)

Never Too Late: Meet The 42-Year-Old J.S.S 1 Student In Abuja (PHOTO)

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on December 9, 2014
0
Image of a Santa Monica High School Classroom (Not one in story)

Several years after dropping out from LEA Primary School, Riyom, Plateau state due to her father’s inability to continue sponsoring her, Mrs. Juliana Godwin, 42, has returned to school.

The woman who hails from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State recently enrolled as a Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS I) student of Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Abuja.

L-R: Mrs. Juliana Godwin with her son, Sam Godwin, in front of Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Abuja signboard. (Photo Credit: Vanguard)
L-R: Mrs. Juliana Godwin with her son, Sam Godwin, in front of Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Abuja signboard. (Photo Credit: Vanguard)

Narrating her story  to Vanguard, she said, “I had to leave for Jos in 1983, since my father could no longer sponsor my education to secondary school because he had no money. While I was with my cousin, I enrolled in a tailoring shop to learn  dress making. I completed it within a year and  six months. In 2003, I was able to save some money from water hawking. I started pepper and tomato business with N1,000 from the savings. I also went into corn roasting business, but my husband stopped me from the business in 2007.”

Godwin started a vocational training in 2008 with a non-governmental organisation called Refocusing Nigerian Talents Organisation, RENITO, where she learnt how to make soap both liquid, medicated and bar as well as pomade and disinfectants.
“Now I can produce and sell the products I was trained on, and I started with N1,500. I came to realise that the business was lucrative and helpful to me and my family. I decided to make savings towards going back to school after I dropped out in 1983. My husband was against my decision and quarrelled seriously with me. But I didn’t give up on my decision. In 2013, I went on to enrol at Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Airport Road, Abuja, where I started in JSS I F. I was able to raise N10, 000 to pay for admission expenses.”
She also explained to journalists the reasons behind her decision to start in JSS1 even at 42.
She said, “Why I decided to start from JSSI was because I had never in my life stepped into the four walls of a secondary school. I told myself I will start from JSS I, as it will help me to have the foundation of secondary school education and to understand what I would be taught. My principal was surprised and asked me whether I could cope with secondary school education as an adult and a married woman. He and the staff also encouraged me to continue since I had made up my mind. But my husband continued making trouble to stop me.
She added, “I am the oldest person in the class of 80 students. I participate in every school activity, and I am happy with that. Even when I come late to school, the teachers do punish me just like other students, and I have no problem with that, but I do behave myself as an adult. I have seen great changes in my life, and I am coping seriously. My aim is to study marketing in the university after I would have completed my senior secondary education.”

NO COMMENTS

Leave a Comment

To leave a comment anonymously, simple write your thoughts in the comments box below and click the ‘post comment’ button.