Abuja resident shows us how WWJD by helping Bashir the wheelbarrow boy

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Bashir the wheelbarrow boy education charity Feature

I was going to title this post “Stop paying tithes! Pastors have enough private jets! Just help your neighbour!” but I know my brothers and sisters will come for me, so I will soft pedal. For now.

Anyway, today’s sermon is titled “Be the change you want to see” and we would like to celebrate a wonderful lady, Chiemezie Claire Asunugwo-Anywanwu, who on one of her trips to an Abuja market came across a Mai-Barrow (a wheelbarrow pusher) who took such pride in both his appearance and his job that she had no choice but to start asking questions. Turns out the young Bashir wants to go to university more than anything, and although he has gained admission, he can’t afford the fees or living expenses. Mrs Asunugwo-Anywanwu is determined to make this happen.

Since this whirlwind of compassion started a week ago, this wonderful lady has stayed in constant contact with Bashir, has taken him to visit her husband’s office (a lawyer – she wants to ensure she does this the right way) and has gone to see the young man’s living arrangements – a 6’x6′ travesty nestled in our nation’s capital right next to sprawling mansions.

Undeterred by neither tribe, gender or religious beliefs, Mrs Asunugwo-Anywanwu has set up a Facebook group to keep readers abreast of progress made, seems to have adopted another Mai-Barrow in the progress. She is trying to work out the best way to help a bright, young man, and we certainly promise to keep you up to date with news of Bashir’s adventures.

As you take off your geles today and wipe off your make-up; as you park up your range rovers and take off your agbadas, think about one person you can help today.

You don’t have to go trawling through the markets – think about a family member, a church member, a mosque member or simply someone who lives up your road.

The change starts with us.

Selah.

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