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60-year-old wheelbarrow pusher begins secondary education in Delta


A 60-year-old man, Mr. Adalabu Seribor, who is a Junior Secondary School II (JSS II) student at Izon College, Bomadi-Overside in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, is currently the talk of the town.

Seribor, a wheelbarrow pusher popularly called Oyibo in the community, disclosed how he took the decision to go to school at old age, a development that had kept many people wondering what he wanted to achieve in school at such an age.

Speaking with Southern City News, Seribor said, “I am sixty years now and 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.

“My mother died during child birth when I was a little boy while my father was a hunter. I was bred by a grandmother after the death of my mother and later taken to a step-mother when my father remarried.

“I went through pains and hardship at 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 lay dead.

“I went through struggles all through my life history. I had the opportunity 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 went back to my father. I had no opportunity to go to school since then, and continued in hard labour to survive in life, which I am still doing.”

Narrating further how he took the decision to attend school at his current 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 interpret or write for me if eventually I am chosen to hold an office in my community.

“I make a living by pushing wheelbarrow. After school hours, I go back home to look for work to do, which I have been doing for a living. I pay my school fees from there. I am determined to complete my education because of the pains in my heart.

“I see that one cannot do well without education in this society. I do various 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.”

Seribor said he would proceed to Teachers’ Training College at the end of his secondary education in order to achieve his dream of becoming a teacher.

“I want to teach and I advised young boys and girls wasting their time and years roaming the streets

to go to school. If I can go to school, then why are young people wasting themselves,” he queried.

His class teacher, Mr. Edsemi Anesah, described Seribor as a committed and hardworking student.

“My encouragement to him is that he should hold onto his determination. He is the oldest student in the school and I advise young people out there to emulate him,” Anesah added.

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  1. George Bitako

    April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    May God help him


  2. Praise Johnson

    April 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Wetin dis old man dey fine?????


  3. Blessing Hilley-Joe

    April 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    @Praise you are a big fool


    • Praise Johnson

      April 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Queen of coast


    • Praise Johnson

      April 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      All ur children,,if u hav one sef,,,are d fool,,,as old as u are,,ua insulting me,,,wat example are u giving as a matured woman…….mayb ua nt evn matured,,i knw???


  4. Helen Noble Helen Noble

    April 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I like his courage


  5. Blessing Hilley-Joe

    April 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Education has no age limit. Can your father and mother who did not train you well take such step. It’s just that I cannot see you else I will gather your age mates to pound that your useless mouth. OGA ride on


  6. Christiana Iyabo Yaya

    April 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I admire ur effort…


  7. Kenneth Ogbobe

    April 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm



  8. Eucharia Ajina

    April 4, 2016 at 4:31 pm



  9. Mary Ebenyi

    April 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    ls possible aftral education has no limit


  10. Cristian Egbe

    April 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Ther’s tym 4 evrtin unda d sun…


  11. Adoh Anthony

    April 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  12. Mohammed Dede Mohammed

    April 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    of wat value is dat educ ? old man sopos to plan for rst hs rmng lve


  13. Ugonoh Ismaila

    April 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Igbayin laro arugbo kogba.


  14. Mohammed Abubakar

    April 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    he supposed to be awarded with O.F.R or C.F.R for goin back to school again at 60 years.


  15. Blessing Jimmy

    April 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Na wa oo


  16. Aderonke Emmanuel

    April 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Hmmmmm is well o


  17. Praise Johnson

    April 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    @joe ua d greatest fool…go put ur fucking papa bck to school,,dats if u had one,,,,,mad woman,,wat hav i said to bring insult,,,,or is dat man dat would soon die 4 whoeva is wasting fees ur father,,,are u evn a woman or a little gal???? I wonder,,,,am only commenting,,,abi???


  18. Praise Johnson

    April 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    N i evn wonder if u had correct home training 4 been abusive,,,,ffiiaaaaaa


  19. Praise Johnson

    April 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Insult me again,,,am waitin 4u……bad woman


  20. Muhammad Basheer Saeed Ismaeel

    April 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Shut up ur mth hw mad a u blssng b creful wit tat evr u said


  21. Peace Coll

    April 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    What’s the meaning of this? Abeg it has no meaning


  22. Zion Ofonime

    April 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Busy body.


  23. Philo Okorihre

    April 5, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Y ar u both quarreling over dat @ praise and joe


  24. Sylvester Ola-adebomi

    April 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Education is Light.


  25. Abdullahi Saheed

    April 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Education is the best. And education has no age limit


  26. Elisha Aaron

    April 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Was it nt his choice


  27. Chika-ora Onyeji

    April 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm



  28. Luria Abare Jen

    April 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I admire his courage for going to sit among kids that would probably be mocking him – it is a bold step.
    Those of you exchanging insults, you should really be ashamed . have you ever heard the adage: better late than never ?


  29. Ahmad Ucho

    April 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    It’s never too late than never.


  30. Nwabuokei Ndadas Nizo Chinedu

    April 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Wow this man is indeed a great man ooooo no time dem nor dey go skul


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