I begged for alms on Lagos streets to raise N520 school fees – Kamaldeen, lawyer


By Levinus Nwabughiogu

Excited by their academic feats, the House of Representatives, on December 6, 2017, adopted a motion, at plenary, to commend them. Consequently, Mr Abdulsalam Kamaldeen, a lawyer, 38, and Miss Aarinola Blessing Olaiya, a medical doctor, 24, are recipients of parliamentary awards. But their stories evoke tears and determination.

•Kamaldeen with a lawmaker at the National Assembly.

He was complete from the beginning but a sickness recreated him in an odd way. But beyond the pitiable looks was a determined heart. His story evoked sympathy. He had seen frustrations and shame in his life. He had fought many mental battles but one thing kept him going: Lofty dreams.

At birth, his legs were intact and strong. But at three years, he battled with polio which claimed his both legs. At four, he lost his mother, leaving him to be cared for by his grandma and indigent…

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