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I Want To Be A Nurse – Six-year-old Schoolgirl Reading by ATM Light by Idowu Olabode : February 16, 2020, 07:57:39 AM
Dele Rasheed is a primary one pupil of the Hope of Glory Academy, Ondo town, who was recently photographed doing her homework by the light of the Automated Teller Machine gallery of a bank branch at Yaba area of Ondo around 10pm because there was a blackout in her house. The picture went viral and the bank is believed to have taken interest in her. She tells PETER DADA of Punch Newspaper about herself



How old are you?

I am six years old. I am in primary one. I live with my grandmother.

You were recently photographed doing your homework by the light of an ATM gallery…

I went there to do my homework because there was no electricity in our house.

Did your parent not have a generator at home?

No, we don’t have.

Is that what you normally do when there is a blackout at home?


Yes, when there is no power supply.

Who asked you to be going there?

Nobody did.

Did you see anybody there the last time you went there?


Yes, I saw a man there.

What did man tell you?

He asked for my name and I told him.

Are you not afraid of going there in the night to read?

I am not afraid.

What do you want to become in the future?

I will like to become a nurse because of their white uniform. I like them because they take care of people that are sick.

So you like treating people…

Yes.



I trusted God to protect Dele by ATM gallery at night – Grandmother

Forty-seven-year-old Mrs Samuel Veronica is Dele’ s grandmother. She tells PETER DADA about her grandchild





What do you do for a living?

I am a housewife. Dele is my granddaughter.

Where is her mother?

She is in Lagos.

Why is she not staying with her mother?


When our aunt died sometime ago and she (her mother) came to Ondo with her (Dele). So when they wanted to leave for Lagos, Dele said she was not going with them again, that she would stay with me. Since then, she has been staying with me. I enrolled her in a private school and have been taking care of her. She has been staying with me for about four years.

Where is her father?

He is also in Lagos State with her mother.

How would describe Dele?

She is very committed to her studies; whenever she is given an assignment in school, she will not rest until she finishes it. Even when you ask her to come and eat, she will not eat until she finishes her homework. She would say her teacher would beat her if she does not do her homework and if anybody offers to assist her in doing the homework, she would refuse.

Did you tell her to be going to the ATM gallery to work?

No, I was not the one. Oftentimes I discourage her from going there but she insists on going there to do her homework, especially when there is a blackout. On the night she was seen there, I didn’t want her to go but she insisted on going.

How far is the bank’s ATM gallery to your house?

It is beside our house; it is the building beside our house.

Don’t you think it’s dangerous for a child of that age to be outside at that time?

Initially, I didn’t want her to be going there. The first time she went, there was a blackout and she told me she wanted to go there, and I said no. I told her to use the torchlight on my phone, but she refused. She said she would not see the homework clearly. And we don’t have a generator.

How long has she been going there to do her homework?

That was her third time. When there is a blackout, she would go and do her home work there.

Were you not afraid that she could be attacked?

Well, I handed her over to God and I believed nothing would happen to her.

There are reports that the bank promised to give her N1m and a scholarship; has the bank contacted you or any member of the family yet?

Yes, even the manager (at Ondo branch) asked me to come to the bank and I have gone there. They gave me a form to fill; they also asked for my BVN and I have given it to them.

What was in the form you filled?

I don’t know, I don’t understand it but I believe our lawyer will understand it. I also believe it is about the promises they made.

Aside from the bank, has any other organisation offered to assist her?

Yes, MTN officials also came and they promised to install solar panels here that will give us electricity. Also, a solar company presented her with a solar lamp in her school. They also gave some pupils in the school small solar lamps. Some other people have been promising to assist her.

What is your reaction to the offers?

I am very happy, I don’t know what to say other than to continue to say thank you to the bank and other benefactors.

How is her performance in school?


She is doing well.


Dele is generous, always shares food with classmates – School proprietor


Mr Oladele Alaba is the Proprietor of Hope of Glory Academy, Ondo, which Dele Rasheed attends. He speaks about the little girl and the incident

One of your pupils, Dele Rasheed, was photographed by the ATM gallery of a bank at night, doing her homework and since then, some companies and people have been offering her assistance, what is your reaction to this development?

She is really determined. It was the determination she had for her education that made her go to that ATM gallery to do her homework because she knew if she didn’t do the assignment, her teacher would flog her the following day. That was why she went to do the assignment there. And in their home, they didn’t have power. Even her grandmother said she tried to give her a phone to use but Dele said the light at the ATM gallery was brighter.

How is her performance in school?

She is doing well academically. The only challenge she has is that her parents don’t have much money, so they struggle to take care of her. She is not staying with her mother. She stays with her grandmother. Her father and mother are in Lagos. They realised that they could not take care of her so they left her with her grandmother.

What kind of person is she?

She is accommodating and friendly. She is also generous; I could see that in her too.

How does she relate with her fellow pupils in school?


She is very good to them; they play together and do many things together. But I have discovered that she is very generous. Whatever she has, particularly things to eat, she shares with her classmates. For instance, if she has biscuits, she will ensure her classmates eat from it.

I thank God for her life and I also thank God for our school. What happened to her is to the glory of our school because if the school did not put pressure on her to always do her homework, I think she would not be thinking of going to that ATM gallery to do the work. She knows that in the school, if a pupil fails to do their assignment, the teacher will deal with them the following day. Failure to do an assignment attracts punishment and no pupil will want to be punished for not doing their assignment. That was what propelled her. We have created that culture in them that they must do their assignment.

A bank has shown interest in Dele and has reached out to the family, has it contacted the school too?

They did not contact us but we learnt that when the incident happened, they opened an account (for her) at the bank. But as I am talking to you now, the bank has not done anything. It could be that they are working on it. But some individuals have contacted us in a bid to assist her.

A company called Dlight Solar Company presented her with a solar lamp. There are other people that have been sending money to the account they opened for her at the bank but the mother and their lawyer receive the alerts.

The lawyer said about N120,000 had been put in the account by some people. Another solar company has just informed us that they are coming to Dele. They were able to locate our school after reading the story about her on the Internet.

Credit: Punch Newspaper

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