By Eric Elezuo
When in 2013, Maryann Okafor graduated with a first class honours in Economics from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, she was full of hope. She was looking forward to a stupendously bright future having burnt the midnight oil to the best of her activities, and came out victorious.
But hope has a slender body that breaks too soon. The best graduating student of her set, who doubled as a Masters Degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos, is till today roaming the streets of major Nigerian cities, searching for opportunities to as much as feed.
Recounting her experience, Miss Okafor said she struggled hard, in the midst of nothing to graduate as the best student of the Class of 2013, but sad today as there is nothing to show for it. She added that not finding a job is not her greatest headache but the fact that she had been neglected as all entitlements due First Class graduates have been denied her. Among such entitlements is a token N1, 000, 000 given to Anambra State natives who made first class by the Anambra State government. More so, she revealed that the state government has started recruitment of first class graduates from 2014 – 2018, wondering why it did not extend to 2013 when she graduated.
Hear her: “I struggled so hard while in school and graduated as the best student in the class of 2013 but it seems that I have nothing to show for it.
“The most painful part of the story is that the information reaching me from a reliable source said that UNIZIK is giving appointment to first class graduates from 2014 to 2018 set. How come they didn’t start from my set which is 2013.
“Anambra state government was previously giving a token of N1,000,000 to indigenes who made first class but immediately it got to my set, it was scrapped.”
Emotionally explaining how she had been mocked in recent times, Okafor, passionately seeks the assistance of well meaning Nigerians to come to her aid as she is well and able to help push the nation forward in every facet.
Nigerians must understand that letting a talent like Maryann Okafor waste will be a disaster to the nation, especially at this time the country needs all its best brains.
Again, it is imperative to come to her aid as soon as possible if consideration is given to the high level of suicide prevalent in today’s Nigeria. The highly educated Economist is gradually sliding into depression, and needs help urgently.