PICTURED: Nigeria’s Oldest School Pupil, A JSS 2 Student Dies; Aged 81

A man believed to be the oldest student of a formal school in Kano – and perhaps in the country – Muhammad Modibbo, has died at the age of 81. Mr. Modibo’s dream of becoming a graduate was terminated by death several years into the journey. Mr. Modibbo, an itinerant petty trader, was unable to pursue education at a young age until he was in his mid-70s when he finally settled at his birthplace.

A JSS 2 student of School for Arabic Studies (SAS), Mr. Modibbo, died while trying to acquire education from the lowest to the highest level.

A native of Yakasai Quarters in Kano, Mr. Modibbo passed his Common Entrance Examination after completing primary education at a community primary school in Kundila Quarters, Kano.

He was in his second year in Junior Secondary School and would have been due for Senior Secondary School placement examination next year,  his teacher, Abdulkarim Ibrahim told PREMIUM TIMES.

The teacher said Mr. Modibbo was a bright and easygoing student who got along with both teachers and fellow students.

“His dream to pursue his studies up to university level was cut short early by his sudden death,” Mr. Ibrahim said.


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