With Education, John Mary Wants To Change Her Life Away From The Limitations Of Makoko – The World’s Biggest Floating Slum



Living in the slum comes with many challenges especially for the girl-child. And one of the major challenges the slum poses for girls is teenage pregnancy or early marriage.

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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