Nigerian mum finally pays N1.58k school fees she owed since 1969, Principal writes Thank You Letter

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An elderly Nigerian woman has finally fulfilled a promise she made many decades ago to pay her school fees.

Grace Egbinola, 73, graduated from St Loius Secondary school on December 9, 1969 without paying the balance of her tuition. A message sent to local news media,,  by the woman’s daughter, Toyin Egbinola revealed that the Grace got the receipt of her debt in 1975, but held onto it with a promise to repay it someday.

On Monday, December 14, 2020, the woman finally paid the debt which was the sum of N1.58k. Her daughter said she is proud that her mum who is reportedly ‘not rich’, ‘never cheated the system’.

It is unclear why the woman did not pay the debt for that long.

According to the local media outlet, the woman’s child said that she taught her children the value of honesty, and that a good name is better than gold.

Part of the Thank You Letter from the School’s Principal states:

“You are truly a Saint Louis trained person to be keeping a paper that was issued since 1975 and sent your son up to clear a debt that is as little as N1.58k in the year 2020 gives me hope that there are good people in this country who have not become rotting with greed.”

Toyin also said that her mum would really love it if she could reconnect with some of her old secondary school classmates.

Nigeria recently devalued her currency as a fallout of Coronavirus-induced economic crisis. One dollar is equivalent to N500 as of June 4, 2021. You can do the mathematics yourself to know the dollar equivalent of the woman’s N1.58K debt.


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