Victor grew up in Abeokuta, Nigeria as the eighth of thirteen children. He has always been close to his ten brothers and two sisters. Sadly, his father passed away when he was six which caused a massive change in his home life: his mother was forced to switch roles from a stay-at-home mom to the provider for the family. She opened her own restaurant and worked other side jobs in order to support them. It was very difficult, but she was determined to provide the best life possible for her children – and she knew the path to the best life was through education.
Education was a big part of Victor’s life. Victor attended primary school, but like many African schools now, they were far less than ideal. The schools were very run down: usually consisting of brick walls, no furniture, dirt floors, and overcrowded classes. These circumstances made it difficult to get a proper education. But Victor still succeeded. He worked relentlessly, attended school every day and became Class Captain, which meant staying after school to fulfill extra responsibilities.
In secondary school, he had many influential experiences that strengthened his passion for and conviction of the power of education. His school provided religious classes taught by leaders of his church which also played a big part in his life and how he viewed education. He knew that in order to affect change in Africa’s education, he would need the best education possible. This further cemented his determination to pursue as much education as possible, even though he was surrounded by poverty and sub-par learning circumstances.