Have you ever witnessed someone's life fully change in one instant? What happened?

Meet Henry Suubi. The boy who reported to university with only a empty metallic case and racksack.

August 2019 this poor boy reports for his first day at Makerere University, the main University in Uganda and one of the biggest in Africa. He arrives carrying his luggage to his attached hall of residence, while other kids are being dropped off.

Henry is not aware that his life is about to change dramatically. Coming from a poor background, deep down in the village, he is the third born in the family of eight children raised by a struggling single mother. Henry is lucky to have scored well in his high school exams and the government awarded him scholarship to study Bachelor of science in education. Upon Henry’s uncool arrival at campus another cool kid takes his photo and then uploads it on social media to mock this village-belly to earn likes and comments. Well the photo goes viral!

That’s how Henry Suubi met God.

A Ugandan senior journalist employed at BBC commits to run a campaign on twitter to change Henry’s life. From then up to now Henry is still receiving gifts. Let me outline a few I have on my finger tips

  • First he is invited to the chancellors office and the chancellor promises him any parental help he will ever need while at university
  • A private company has offered to pay for his dream course (Bachelor of science and mechanical engineering) for all the three years
  • Restaurants and hotels have committed to give and deliver him lunch and dinner all his three years of the university.
  • Several companies have promised and given him shopping
  • Henry received over 10 laptops from individuals and companies including his first smart phone
  • Designer boutiques have given him clothes and shoes and they promise to do this all through his campus life
  • Did I mention that Henry has already got a job, oh engineering companies promised him jobs and internship even before his first university assignment
  • The French embassy and ambassador have given him a fully paid trip to Paris whenever he is ready
  • Well the list is endless, including getting free sponsorships for his young siblings at home.

I hope I have answered your question. He later met with the boy who took the photo.


Absolutely lovely! His story is just like that of Jumoke Orisaguna; the now famous ‘bread seller’. The only difference being that the person at the centre of Jumoke’s story intended it for positive reasons (even unknowingly; allowing fate to do its bidding) whilst the story above was for the negative reasons, till it turned positive.

So, you might have already have heard or read about Jumoke’s story, but if you haven’t, I’ll share a little edit about it from Wikipedia.

Olajumoke Orisaguna (born 1989) is a Nigerian model who received public attention when, while hawking bread on the streets of Lagos, she unknowingly walked into a photo shoot session of British rapper, Tinie Tempah, by Nigerian photographer, TY Bello, for Nigeria’s This Day magazine. TY Bello, while making edits, found an image of Olajumoke and Tinie Tempah amongst the photos. Bello’s searched for Olajumoke and photographed her. She appeared on the cover of the above magazine before she was employed as a model. She later got jobs in some major presenting shows and make up schools. The story was reported in various media sources, including CNN and BBC Africa.

Now, this is another very good story of someone whose life was fully changed in an instant!

Edit: Here’s the photo shoot session that got her noticed

And you can read about her transformation, including photos about it from Legit.NG


Jumoke’s story is quite appealing. It rented the air ways when the story broke. I don’t think there’s anyone in Nigeria who hasn’t heard about her story yet. It is the best example of someone whose life was changed in an instant.

I have also heard about another story like that too and it happened in our Nigeria. A young boy who was selling oranges and singing Tope Alabi’s song at the same time. I’m sure you’ve also heard or read about that too. Just can’t remember the boy’s name but his story is another typical example of someone who received the magic hand, and all boils down to social media, you know? Even @daughterofgrace story hero Henry Suubi, was made possible because of the power of social media. It is a great tool you have to yourself bro @Abbey. Keep it moving and growing. You’ll be more than Nairaland someday. I know!


It made front page. Thank you @Abbey for making this topic featured. It’s got loads of lovely information for the world, you know?


Just feel like bumping this topic with this new gist that relates to the OP and it’s something that happened recently with the #Okada ban in Lagos. Google Sandra Gokada, and you’ll see the full gist. But here’s a One box link for you to read:

Or see this: