One Emmanuel Nworie has left many heartbroken as his story is one of a brilliant mind without any opportunity presented by his immediate society for him to thrive.
The young man has had to turn to petty farming as a way to make a living despite bagging a first class degree in mathematics.
According to TheCable, he graduated with a CGPA of 4.92/5.00 from the University of Nigerian, Nsukka (UNN).
The brilliant graduate who lost his father to diabetes and hypertension when he was still in secondary school, found himself in a situation that made life very difficult for him.
As a way to survive, the 27-year-old worked as a mathematics teacher for a while at the secondary school he finished from.
Despite being awarded the Best Mathematics Olympiad teacher in Ebonyi state, his salary was just a measly N12,705 per month.
He was able to save some money from his teaching job, so with his savings from the N185,000 annual salaries, he went to further his education at a polytechnic.
On competing his education, he was able secure another job which he used to fund his degree programme at UNN.
While in the university, he won a gold medal in a mathematics contest in 2018.
After his mandatory one year National Youth Service, NYSC, his place of primary assignment retained him as a teacher with a N35,000 salary.
However, due to the shutdown of schools since March as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, he was forced to go back to Ebonyi and make a living from planting cassava.