Boy who once hawked groundnuts now university student after 'oyinbo' man helped him

Boy who once hawked groundnuts now university student after 'oyinbo' man helped him

  • Five years ago, Kachi Ogbonna did not know his life could change fast and fate would get him to where he dreamt about
  • Kachi's chance meeting with Joop van der Vinne changed everything for him as the man took it on himself to get him an education
  • In 2021, the young man is now in the university after years of hawking groundnuts on the streets of Lagos state

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A young Nigerian man, Kachi Ogbonna, who once never had any hope of getting an education is now in a better place.

According to Joop van der Vinne on LinkedIn, he met the young man on the street of Lagos where he sold groundnuts. He said Kachi was in the business to save for his education.

The boy looks so good five years after.
The young man's move from grass to grace surprised many. Photo source: LinkedIn/Joop van der Vinne
Source: UGC

He met his destiny helper

His non-governmental organization, CAB, took his matter up and they pooled resources to make his dream a reality.

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Joop said that though the journey has not been easy, he is happy that Kachi finally got admission into Ajayi Crowther University where he now studies electrical engineering.

The man shared three photos of the young man. One of them is a throwback photo showing him hawking.

Another has him in a matriculation gown, while the third shows him sitting in a class as he gets ready for lectures.

You're appreciated compiled some of the reactions to his story below:

Ifeanyi Awgu said:

"Thanks Joop!"

Ngozi Onyia said:

"God bless you Joop. Nothing more to say to you. Kachi, make the best of the chance you’ve been given then pay it forward."

Chuka Asiegbunam said:

"Thank you. Deeply appreciated."

Ujunwa Aja-Onu said:

"I agree. Education is the most important gift to any human being. Welldone!"

Kingsley Izimah said:

"Joop van der Vinne quite motivating and inspiring. Blessings."

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A man used art to show his struggles

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a talented Nigerian artist with the handle @_TulugoEbuka used his drawing skill to showcase a time in his life that things were rough.

The young man said he made the art in 2019 as a way to document how he was always struggling to make ends meet.

Sharing photos of a boy with a basket carrying cold drinks and 'pure water', the man asked people to retweet his work on their timelines so that it can go viral.

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