Saidu's mother passed away when he was five years old. His father was a subsistent farmer and was unable to take care of him. Saidu's grandmother decided she would raise him and so she moved him to Freetown to start school.
At age six, Saidu started school but later dropped out of school in Class 6 because his grandmother could no longer afford to pay the fees for his National Primary School Examination (NPSE) or the increase in tuition.
Saidu was determined to go to school so he washed dishes in a restaurant. With the little money he earned he was able to save to pay the NPSE exam fees and tuition for the following year. While working at the restaurant he also saved scraps of leftover food to help feed himself and his grandmother.
Saidu was promoted in school but again, with the lack of funds he was not able to continue. His father visits him once a year and the little money he brings is used for food. Saidu’s desire is to return to school.