Maiga was born in the African nation of Ghana. Early in his adolescence his mother passed away which left him homeless in the streets of Ghana. He met someone offering to help him journey to the U.S., but during this journey, he ended up in the jungle of Panama, S.A. Eventually, he saved enough money to make it to the US/Mexico border where he swam the Rio Grande.
Nafiu said he had a choice of going to California or Michigan, and he chose Michigan where he was granted asylum. He was then able to attend Grandville High school in 2021 with zero high school records–thanks to the help of Bethany Christian Services.
Nothing could stop him from being able to catch up and surpass other students. Some courses he blazed through and others he tested out of, so that by 2023 he was considered a senior and graduated high school. He has been awarded a grant and will be attending GVSU–using his own experience to help the people around him.
His counselor has said that, “the amount of brutality and loss he has witnessed in his young life at this point is more than most will endure in an entire lifetime.”
We are grateful to be able to help him on his journey by granting him one of the four scholarships!