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Two Almajiris turn entertainers, display toy aircraft for money

By Abdulganiu Alabi, Kaduna   |   27 May 2017   |   2:34 am

Abdulrahman Abubakar, 13, and Nafiu Saadu, 15, with the prototype plane they constructed from guinea corn sticks and chaff.


As the saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, Abdulrahman Abubakar and Nafiu Saadu aged 13 and 15 respectively, who came to Kaduna as Almajiris have turned entertainers, having observed that the business of begging around is no longer paying off.

With the current economic recession, where givers themselves are lacking, the two self determined boys who hail from Katsina state, said they looked inwards and constructed a toy plane from guinea corn sticks and chaffs, as they grew tired of begging and the harassments they faced on the street.

Narrating their ordeal, despite the initial set back they experienced as a result of a fellow beggar, Sadi Ahmed, carting away N7, 355 which was meant for constructing the plane before, the duo said they never relented on their effort until their aim and objective to construct the plane was achieved.

According to Nafiu Saadu, aged 13, he said, “As others were roaming the streets, begging for food remnants and help, we choose to be creative, and as you can see our idea is paying off, because the moment we display our plane, people give us money in exchange,” he said.

Asking where the idea came from, the eldest, Abdulrahman Abubakar said, “we usually sight planes, and so we decided to make a replica.”Asked if they wanted formal education, Saadu said, “If today we find someone ready to sponsor our schooling, we are ready to study.”




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