From Street Hawker To LSE Lecturer: Man Shares His Story On Social Media

From Street Hawker To LSE Lecturer: Man Shares His Story On Social Media

  • Victor Agboga is a Nigerian man who has shared his journey from Nigeria to the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • In his short video in which he publicised the ID cards of tertiary institutions he had attended, Victor proved that he started from IMO State University, Owerri
  • He shared in his caption that he used to hawk plantain and would hide so his classmates would not see him selling on the streets of Lagos

A young man called Victor Agboga has taken to social media to share how he started teaching and researching at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Victor said he used to sell plantain on the streets of Lagos to make ends meet and hid from his classmates when he was hawking plantain so they would not know that was what he did.

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In a post on Twitter (now X), he said after going through all those struggles, he was on the verge of assuming the position of LSE Fellow at LSE Government, a world-leading centre for study and research in politics and government.

Victor Agboga shares his grass to grace story
Victor Agboga is now an LSE Fellow at LSE Government Photo credit: @AgbogaVictor Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Before this position, Victor had worked as a lecturer and researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This is not the first time Victor has been in the news. In 2021, he stunned the internet with his academic success story in the UK.

Victor revealed on LinkedIn at the time that he almost missed out on his first scholarship because he couldn't afford the flight costs. He overcame the obstacle and offered assistance to other students with the same problem.

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Watch the video below:

Comments on the video collated some of the reactions from social media users. Read them below:

@folaeclipse said:

Congrats Victor. All the best for the New position

@UgochukwuCFR commented:

Congratulations, keep inspiring your generation, and the ones after.

@LanreShaper added:

Aspirational stuff! Well done for all your strides brother.

@obedbyamukama1 remarked:

You deserve this Victor. You have really put a lot of effort in this journey. Wishing you all the best in your new life chapter

@alvaniyumame indicated:

Congratulations sir.. Proud to see my fellow imsu star doing great stuff. Best wishes.

@OgbogoPaul said:

The idea that humble beginnings are the foundation for a prosperous future is a testament to hard work, patience, and the unwavering support of a higher power. Here's to the promising success that lies ahead! Shame and self pity has no place here!!

@Rheinquist stated:

Congratulations Victor. You deserve every bit of the success coming your way for your selflessness.

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Man who worked as street hawker travels abroad

Earlier, reported that a young man shared throwback photos of his days in Ghana and compared them to his life abroad.

In the video he shared, the young man was seen working at a building site as a mason and a street hawker in Ghana. He also shared how his journey abroad has transformed him.

From street hawker to Immigration Officer

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian Immigration officer shared photos of when she worked as a street hawker and another of herself in uniform.

The young lady, @adwoaabrafi00, took part in the then-and-now challenge to show how she has changed over the years.

The photos of her as a street hawker showed she was unhappy but her mood changed to a happy one in the immigration officer uniform.

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