Graduate shares how he turned a life of poverty and crime to success

Graduate shares how he turned a life of poverty and crime to success

- A Nigerian man's childhood was turned upside down after his father lost his job

- He became involved with gangs and crime

- He remained positive and turned his life around, and is now a Mechanical Engineering graduate

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A Mechanical Engineering graduate took to social media to open up about his struggles in life, and the ups-and-downs he endured in order to achieve his dreams. His inspirational story details a life of poverty, crime and ultimately, success and left Twitter feeling all kinds of ways.

In response to thread on Twitter encouraging people to share their struggles and dreams, the brave young man spoke about his journey.

When he was younger, his father lost his job,turning his family’s middle-class dream into a working-class nightmare. He says his mother tried her best to give him a good life.

When his father was implicated in a robbery in 2014, his life was turned upside down. He was unable to focus and mentally exhausted.

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The young Nigerian man says he grew up in the streets and was involved in gang activity which lead to him being held at gunpoint. He had to begin working at the age of 17, earning R5000.

He once again felt the terror of having a gun pointed at him, this time by police during a stint with the National Youth Service Corps.

Desperately trying to succeed and make money to survive, he invested in MMM, a ponzi schemi which financially devastated thousands of hardworking South Africans in 2016.

Despite all the hardships, he says he always tried to remain positive and try his best.

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He dreams of of becoming an astronaut, and although he was unable to study Aeronautical Engineering, he landed the next best thing - a Mechanical Engineering degree.

The young man also strives to help other people. Having witnessed the negative effects of drug use firsthand, he campaigned against the use of drugs, Codeine and Tramadol.

Social media users appreciated that he opened up about his struggles, and said that he was a motivation for those experiencing similar issues. They also offered words of encouragement and support.

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