79 year old Hajiya Fatima Kurfi finally achieved her life-long dream of getting an education when she bagged her B.Sc degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Qalam University in Katsina state.

Although the mother of four and grandmother had completed her degree in 2009, her convocation ceremony was deferred till May 2016 when the university hosted its convocation ceremony for seven graduating sets of the school.

Hajiya Kurfi who didn’t have the opportunity to attend school while growing up, began learning how to read and write when she married her husband who eventually relocated to England. She followed him shortly after.

After returning from England with her husband, she enrolled in an Arabic Teachers College for her secondary school education, where she was in the same class with one of her grand-kids, before obtaining a Diploma at Danfodio College.

Hajia Kurfi was still determined to continue her education and eventually got admitted into Al-Qalam University in 2005.

Currently, she runs a private school for children and an NGO which aims at advocating education of the girl-child.

Although she doesn’t want to go further in her education, she has decided to continue researching at home by studying books and research papers written by her husband, Dr Ahmadu Kurfi, who is a teacher and former federal permanent secretary. Go grandma, we couldn’t be more proud!!!


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