The Story of Dan Yakubu: an Almajiri Turned Graduate


Dan Yakubu is part of the 2019 Batch A Corps members that have just come out from the NYSC Orientation Camp. Dan Yakubu did his camp at the Kaiama NYSC Orientation Camp, Kolokuma LGA Bayelsa State.
Dan Yakubu is a graduate of Bsc Economics with Second Class Honours from the University of Maiduguri.

The Little Dan Yakubu was separated from the comfort of his family who are based in Potiskum, Yobe State and taken to Kano to fend for himself as an Almajiri.
In the course of his begging (Almajiranci), Dan Yakubu ran into a kind-hearted generous Hajiya named Fatima A Modibbo. The altruistic Hajiya Fatima instantly took interest in the little boy. Stimulated by his brightness and smartness, she fostered him and single handedly sponsored his education right from primary school up to the level he found himself today. Listen to what Hajiya Fatima has to say "Allahamdullah! my almajiri has finished his university degree, with second class lower in economics. He's serving in Beyelsa right now. He came to my house when he was about six years old, he had such an engaging smile and melodious voice when begging, that I took to him right away. The rest I can now say is history. His name is Dan Yakubu. "the Dan" in his name means there's an older yakubu in his school. He's from Mamudoo in patiskum in yobe state. I put him in school, while he continued with his informal education. He was like a sponge soaking in everything, from formal to informal, and now he's a graduate. Allahamdullah Allahamdullah".
I personally came to know Hajiya Modibbo and her altruistic gesture through a WhatsApp Group called "The Almajiri Project". The WhatsApp page is dedicated for the Renaissance of the Almajiri system and if possible gradual cum total eradication of the begging (Almajiranci) and other negative aspects of the Almajiri system.
Interestingly, Dan Yakubu has already found and reunited with his family. In our chat with Hajiya Fatima she stated "Through his mallam he was able to find his family. His father now late was a truck driver, his mother died in Saudi Arabia doing menial job, but he has found his brothers and sisters, they are seven in number, him being the fifth. I have never seen them though. I told him to send pictures, so that I can share with you".
May Allah bless us with more and more of Hajiya Fatimas in our midst.

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