|Mrs. Juliana Godwin with her son, Sam Godwin, in front of Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Abuja signboard|
Mrs. Juliana Godwin, a 42-year-old has dusted her books and gone back
to school – she is now a Junior Secondary School I (JSSI) student of
Junior Secondary School, Gosa, Abuja.
Read her story as told to Vanguard newspaper below:
“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 2001, me and my children left Jos to join myhusband in Abuja, where we live at Gosa village, along Airport Road.
I became the bread-winner of her family. Since I had skill in hair
plaiting, that became a source of livelihood for us. Later I ventured
into hawking of water in a basin in Gosa market to boost the family’s
“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,” she said.
In 2008, i decided to go into vocational training with a
non-governmental organisation called Refocusing Nigerian Talents
Organisation, RENITO, where iwas trained in soap (liquid, medicated and
bar), pomade and disinfectants production.
“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.
“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”.
“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”, she narrated.
Recall that a few years back, veteran Kola Oyewo also when back to school and today, he holds a Ph.d.