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Be Inspired by this Young Woman from Makoko Who’s Defying All Odds to Get an Education



The story is the same in virtually all slums or rural areas – as a young girl, you’re expected to get pregnant/married as soon as you meet the biological requirements.

John Mary‘s story is no different, but she doesn’t want to go that route – a path many girls she knows have taken.

“As a young girl I’m expected to be married and pregnant, but for me that’s wrong, education comes first,” Mary told BBC Minute.

She got admitted into one of the universities in Nigeria last year, but couldn’t take the offer due to financial constraints.

She teachers some of the over 10,000 children who are out of school in the 100,000-person floating slum.

Mary earns $1 a day, but she’s on a mission, and we’re rooting for her. She wants to become a television presenter soon.

Watch her inspiring story below:


  1. Oyin

    September 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This is just amazing human spirit and has nothing to do with feminism- it will be equally amazing if it was about a young boy in similar living circumstances- She is a great example for all youth to emulate

  2. Mz Socially Awkward....

    September 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Quick question – how can we help birth her dream?

    • Engoz

      September 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm


  3. Rose

    September 21, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    How can we contribute towards assisting her actualizing her dream

  4. Hotchick

    September 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm


    How can I help?

  5. by_stander

    September 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    So what are the accountants and lawyers using our education tax money for if she still can not afford school?

    • didi

      September 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      That question takes us backward. The right question should be BN, how can we help, whoever is waiting for the govt to fulfil a dream will grow white hairs.

  6. Elle

    September 22, 2018 at 9:16 am

    BN, why no response to the questions above? What’s going on with you folks nau?

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