Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Birthday Gift Attracts Scholarship for Cripple Law Student

Wonders shall never end. This aptly described how a cripple 400 level law student of University of Nigeria, Enugu campus joined the league of scholarship beneficiaries simply because he presented birthday gift to the proprietor of Peace Mass Transit during the 2012 edition of Samuel Maduka Onyishi scholarship foundation at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The cripple Mr.Ikechukwu Ezenwa ambushed the transport mogul at the staircase of the Vice Chancellor's office University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he paid courtesy call before issuing cheques to 100 student beneficiaries of his entrepreneurship scholarship foundation, to present 200 copies of 60 leaves exercise books which bore the portrait Chief Onyishi in front and Peace Mass transit buses at the back as birthday gift to the donor of the annual scholarship in the University.

Ezenwa, a 400 level law student of the University told Vanguard in an interview that he was touched by the magnanimity of the scholarship donor over the years and prayed God to channel him to fish out more physically challenged people hidden in rural areas across the country to give them a voice and sense of direction as a good number of them could not afford good education due to abject poverty.

The cripple who uses his two hands to walk while his two legs hung to his shoulders said ,' I decided to present the exercise books to Onyishi to appreciate him for what he was doing to ameliorate the suffering of indigent and physically challenged undergraduates in the country.'

He said that he was not a beneficiary of the 2012 scholarship as he never applied forit but appreciates what the donor was doing to better the lives of indigent and physically challenged students in Nigeria, explaining that he wants to be as rich as the transport mogul to help better the lives of others in the country.

He noted that his gift was not a bait to attract scholarship but his action was borne out of genuine desire to appreciate him for what he has been doing for disabled students in Nigeria, pointing out that there is ability in disability.

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