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A 70-year-old man, Ben Duamlong, has graduated with a first-class degree from the University of Jos (UniJos), Plateau State.

The 70-year-old man, who studied painting at the university, was among the 112 students who bagged first-class degrees out of 20,532 students that graduated from UniJos in 2023.

Duamlong, a former coach of Nigeria Under-20 and assistant coach of the Super Eagles at Korea /Japan 2002 World Cup, said he enrolled in the degree programme out of his passion for education after his retirement as a football coach.

The man said: “What prompted me to go back to the university at this age is because of my passion for art. All my life, I have always drawn but never painted. I like painting. I can draw but I can’t paint.

“So, after retiring in 2014, as a footballer, I stayed home doing nothing. That is why I decided to go back to school.”

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