With little or no opportunity for education, young girls in the slum are expected to get married when they reach puberty but for John Mary, that would not be her narrative and it doesn’t matter how long it would take her.
Mary lives in Makoko, one of the largest slums in Lagos. She hopes to become the first TV presenter to come out of Makoko, and she’s bent on making sure that dream comes to pass.
“As a young girl I’m expected to be married and pregnant, but for me that’s wrong, education comes first,” Mary told BBC Minute.
Last year, she got admitted into one of the universities in Nigeria, but had to defer it due to financial constraints.
Now, she works as a teacher in a school in Makoko. Although, she earns little, she has a focus on her future ambition.
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“As a young girl I’m expected to be married and pregnant, but for me that’s wrong, education comes first.” … John Mary is a young woman living in Makoko – the world’s biggest floating slum. Many girls in the area outside Lagos, Nigeria, get pregnant when they are teenagers. But she feels getting an education is her way out of this kind of life. … About 10,000 children there do not go to school. She gets paid $1 a day to teach children, but is determined to leave and go to University. #makoko #lagosstate #lagos #nigeria #naija #9ja #lagoslife #bbcminute @danikpoyi #womensrights #education #girlsineducation #feminist #feminism @splashfm1055 @thebeat999fm @bbcminute