Former homeless and Disabled Man Turned Lawyer gets Honored by Reps in Abuja (Photos)

Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday honoured two Nigerian students Mr Kamaldeen Abdulsalam a former street beggar and Miss Ariola Olaiya, OAU Medical Record breaker for their outstanding feats in academics.

The House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, (APC,Lagos), moved the motion on Tuesday, asking the House to dedicate part of its Tuesday plenary session to Miss. Ariola Olaiya Blessing and Mr. Abdulsalam Kamaldeen Idowu for their rare feats in their respective fields of study.

Following approval by the presiding speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Gbajabiamila said “the 8th House of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to reward excellence and encourage citizens who have elevated the ideals of the Nigerian society amid various challenges confronting the country”

He told the House that Mr Abdulsalam Kamaldeen, 38, lost his two legs to polio at the tender age of 3, lost his mother at the age of 4, started primary school at 8, and resorted to street begging to raise money to buy school uniforms, books and to feed; begged for alms from primary through secondary schools and was known on the streets of Lagos.

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Source – Ebiwalismoment


  1. I commend the noble symbolic gesture by the House. I am wondering why the House did not give some dignity to Mr. Kamaldeen by providing him with a Wheel Chair.


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