“My name is Akunnakwe Elvis. I am a 3rd year pharmacy student of the University of Port Harcourt. After my dad passed away when I was in secondary school, my uncle sponsored me throughout the remaining part of my secondary school years. My mother was a teacher whose monthly pay cheque was hardly enough to feed me and my two other siblings let alone purchase the textbooks we needed for school.
We were so happy as a family when my sister finally gained admission to study nursing in university. Two years later I also gained admission to read pharmacy.
My uncle and my mother retired the same year. Since that time putting food on the table and paying for our tuition has been difficult.
As a student studying a science-based course in university, most of the research work we are asked to conduct is found in course textbooks and on the internet. The lack of textbooks and IT equipment available has affected my ability to conduct homework and research. Having textbooks available for my use and a laptop will enable me to complete my research and assignments and attain my degree. My poor mum cannot afford these things for me so I am so grateful for the textbooks and laptop donated by Ihezie Foundation-Book Relief Africa.”