Nigerian Master's Degree Holder who Now Earns Living as Scavenger Finally Speaks, Says he is Proud of it

Nigerian Master's Degree Holder who Now Earns Living as Scavenger Finally Speaks, Says he is Proud of it

- Yazid Surajo, a master's degree holder is proudly engaged in the scavenging business

- The Bayero University scholar said he has been able to build his house and get married with proceeds from the menial occupation

- He said he had been slapped three times and suffered stigmatization but he is undeterred in his quest to make an honest living

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In 2018, Yazid Surajo got admission for a master's degree to read development studies at the Bayero University in Kano but at present, he works on the street as a scavenger.

Yazid who plies his trade on the streets of Lagos, in an interview with BBC Pidgin, stated that he has no iota of shame for the occupation he engages in.

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Nigerian Master's Degree Holder who Now Earns a Living as a Scavenger Finally Speaks, Says he is Proud of it
Yazidf Surajo said he has been intimidated, harassed and called a thief in the course of his job Photo Credit: Screen grab from BBC Pidgin video, Yazid Surajo/Facebook
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The hardworking man from a family of 20 decried the harassment and stigmatization he had received on the job.

Yazid, who lost his police officer dad in 2010, disclosed that he actually sold his land for N115k to fund his master's programme.

About a month ago, he had taken to Facebook to vent his anger at how intellectuals in the country are being misused while noting that there is dignity in labour:

"It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. I had rather be dirty and satisfied than be clean and hungry. Thanks to a country where intellectuals are misused!"

The Kano indigene said despite how people have looked down on his job, it is through the job he got married in 2020, has been able to erect his own house in his state as well as cater for his younger ones.

Yazid, who is nursing the intention of expanding the scavenging business into a registered business, said he was willing to quit the job if he gets a better source of income

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Yazid, who is nursing the intention of expanding the scavenging business into a registered business, said he was willing to quit the job if he g a better source of income

In a Twitter post he made, Awosika Ayokunle said he holds a B.Sc in political science along with his Master's degree in gender studies.

His tweet read:

"I am Awosika Ayokunle with Masters in Gender Studies and Bsc. Political science.
"I am currently out of job and ready to take up any job including menial ones. Surviving and feeding have been extremely difficult.
"I reside in Ibadan and willing to relocate. kindly RT."

Source: Legit Newspaper

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