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Yvonne Abraham

Orchard Gardens graduate excels with determination, support

THOMPSON ISLAND – Five years ago, Abubakar Suleiman was hunting zebras with spears and trying to avoid antagonizing cheetahs.

There was a school where he lived, in rural northern Nigeria, but he had barely been there in his 10 years. He found the teachers cruel, the pidgin English impossible. There was no running water at home and patchy electricity. His family ate little beyond what they could grow or kill. When he wasn’t hunting, or tending to the chickens and donkeys on the farm where his grandmother was raising him, he was playing soccer.

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