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Former street boy recounts experience

Akintunde Ayeni one of the people rescued from the street, narrated how he lived on the streets for over 20 years after he left home, saying, “There is nothing on the street.”

Akintunde who left the comfort of his parents’ home in Ojo axis of Lagos State without leaving any trace behind, for several years, roamed the street during the day and sleep wherever he found safe haven in the night.

After years of leaving the streets, he couldn’t understand why he left home to join other children who had abandoned their education and started roaming the streets of Lagos

Akintunde, now in his 30s left the street in December 1997 after he was persuaded by officials of the Child life-line centre to either return home or live within the premises of  the centre  to continue his education.

Of the two options, he chose to live in the centre residential apartment to continue his education.

Akintunde noted that some of his friends with whom they roamed the streets together declined the offer to live within the centre or return home. “But I thank God today that I didn’t regret the step I took”.

Akintunde, who now works as a Tour Guide in the Badagry axis of the state, said that the centre helped him to perfect his art skills.   According to him, “All I have achieved today was because this home sponsored my education. And now, I can assist my aged mother now with what I earn from my business.”


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