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14 Feb 2017

Meet the 12-year-old Girl Who Pays Her Own School Fees By Selling Newspapers In Cross River (Photo)

A young inspiring girl has been found in
Cross River State engaging in a roadside
business to see herself through school.

This is the young girl simply identified
as Vicky, who sells newspapers to pay
her fees.

According to Vanguard, Vicky, who said
she started selling newspapers when she
was nine years old and in Junior
Secondary, JSS III in WAPI, disclosed that
she made on the average N500 and N600
proceeds daily from the venture.

“I also gave the regular (daily) for
N50.00 and sports newspaper for
N20.00 to those who came here to
read and return the paper and still
sold the paper to those who wanted to
buy,” she said.

She said her school runs two sessions
and she attends the afternoon session,
which affords her time to sell
newspapers in the morning before
leaving for school.

“Many prominent people live in this
area, commissioners, House of
Assembly members, judges,
businessmen and even the present
governor of our state before he
became governor, Prof. Ben Ayade,
used to buy papers from me,” she
further said.

On how she gets the papers to sell, Vicky
said she wakes up at 5.30 every morning
and heads to Bassey Duke Street, the
newspaper distribution point to collect
the day’s papers when they arrive from
Port Harcourt and Asaba every morning
and by 8.00 am, she was already at her
stand where some customers were
waiting for her to arrive with the day’s

“If there is a breaking news, before I
get here, people are waiting for me,
but some days, especially during the
rainy season, because of the bad
roads, papers arrive here late, except
during weekends whether bad road or
no bad road, the van drivers do
manage to get here on time since the
papers are produced early,” she said.
When she was asked what she does with
the money, or if she hands it to her
parents, the the fair-skinned girl
retorted “No,” adding that she used the
money to meet her needs in school and
pay her fees, except when there was
urgent need at home and her parents
had no money, then she could help out.
Her words: “I use the money to meet
my school needs, but sometimes, I
help at home when my parents ask me
to, may be they have no immediate
cash at that time.”
She said she was yet to decide if she
would continue being a vendor after her
education, but for now, the business was
quite lucrative.

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