Get ready for Hitchin pamper evening to help talented student Zizo fulfil his potential

Abdulazeez Muyildeen - aka Zizo

Abdulazeez Muyildeen - aka Zizo - Credit: Archant

A pamper evening in Hitchin planned for tomorrow night is providing hope for a talented student forced to cut his university studies short through a lack of funds.

Marcia Makeba

Marcia Makeba - Credit: Archant

Gifted Nigerian student Abdulazeez Muyildeen, nicknamed Zizo, ran out of cash during his course at the University of Wolverhampton – but friends have rallied round to help raise the money he required to restart his academic life.

Marcia Makeba got to know the 30-year-old through her daughter Shahnee – a fellow student at Wolverhampton who graduated 18 months ago.

Kind-hearted Marcia told the Comet: “Zizo’s mum was his only source of funding his studies, but when she lost her job during his second year he had to put his studies on hold. I got to know him as he was the only student who didn’t graduate among my daughter’s friends – hence the reason for helping him.

“I’m passionate about encouraging and seeing young people reach their full educational potential. I’ve worked in higher education and have also mentored young people.

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“This is my second big fundraiser for Zizo. The first was a concert last April, which raised £4,000. I never thought we’d get this far.

“My ultimate aim is to raise enough funds to help allow Zizo the opportunity to finish his studies.

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“Funds raised from this event go towards helping Zizo receive his Certificate of Education, with all funds raised being paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton.”

To help give Zizo a leg-up towards his dream of a career in digital security, Marcia has organised a pamper evening – including makeovers, manicures and pedicures, massage and reflexology sessions. There will also be African head-dress demonstration sessions, as well as Caribbean refreshments on sale and much more.

Zizo said: “My passion is digital security and my dream is to finish my studies so that I can pursue a career in that field.”

Hitchin Christian Centre on Bedford Road is hosting the event from 7pm. Entry £5. Call 07773 755362.

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