5 things to know about Nigeria’s oldest school pupil, Mohammud Modibbo

This might as well be a Nigerian version of the Kenyan blockbuster, The First Grader, only difference is, the latter was aged 84.

Mohammud Modibbo, believed to be the oldest school pupil in Nigeria, has died at the age of 94.

Here are 5 things to know about him:

1. He was unable to go to school as a child because he worked as a trader, travelling around the country.

2. He decided to enter primary school in his mid-80s and had recently begun secondary school i Kano.

3. His teacher, Abdulkarim Ibrahim, had a lot of fond things to say about him. “Mr Modibbo was “easy-going and jovial. During classes, he was very attentive and asked questions when he didn’t understand – either asking the teacher or a student sitting beside him.”

4. Mr Modibbo had dreamed of pursing a university education, but his “sudden death” had robbed him of that chance.

5. Modibbo may have beaten the record of Kenyan Kimani Maruge, 84, who the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the oldest person ever to have enrolled at primary school at 84.

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