Emmanuel Nworie is one of the many Nigerian first-class graduates who can’t find a space in the labor market, thus, has resorted to petty farming to make ends meet.
The 27-year-old man graduated with a first-class in mathematics from the University of Nigerian, Nsukka (UNN).
The Cable reports that it would have been better if Emmanuel was into mechanized farming. The young graduate lost his father to diabetes and hypertension when he was still in secondary school and since then, it’s been tough surviving.
Despite getting the award of the Best Mathematics Olympiad teacher in Ebonyi state, his salary was just $33.33 (N12,705.40) per month. Yet he was able to save from his N185,000 annual salary to further his education at a polytechnic.
Later on, he got another teaching job and was able to fund his university studies. While at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Emmanuel Nworie won a gold medal in a mathematics contest in 2018 and after his one year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC), his primary place of assignment retained him as a teacher with an N35,000 salary.
However, since schools are shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he was forced to go back to Ebonyi state where he is currently making living planting cassava.