27 year-old Emmanuel who graduated with first class in mathematics from UNN graduated with a CGPA of 4.92/5.00 from the University of Nigerian, Nsukka (UNN).
He lost his dad to diabetes and hypertension when he was still in secondary school, a situation that made life very difficult for him.
As a way to survive, he became a mathematics teacher for a while at the secondary school he finished from.
He funded both his polytechnic and university education from the small salaries he was paid as a math teacher.
Despite getting the award of the Best Mathematics Olympiad teacher in Ebonyi state, his salary was just $33.33 (N12,705.40) per month.
With savings from his teaching job, he was able to save some of his N185,000 annual salaries and get further education at a polytechnic.
With another job after his education, he was able to fund his university studies. At UNN, he won a gold medal in a mathematics contest in 2018.
After his one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), his primary place of assignment retained him as a teacher with a N35,000 salary.
However, due to the shutdown of schools because of the coronavirus pandemic, he was forced to go back to Ebonyi and make a living from planting cassava.