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  • L$15?! How much can a meal cost these days? That's all the money I have with me! Well I guess here you go Mrs. Blahyi.
  • Hi Mrs. Blahyi. I'm just here to buy some food for home. How much for the palava and fufu?
  • I'm sorry Ada, I know it's a struggle for many of us to keep up with the rising prices. Enjoy the meal and tell your mother I said hello.
  • Hello Ada, dear! Sorry to say but prices have been rising like always. It'll be L$15.
  • Ada continued on her daily walk. Everyday she left a day of hard work at school to stop by the supermarket to get groceries, and then head home to her mother.
  • Even though she was only 14, she had to fill the role of an adult. She lived with her single mother, who had to work two jobs just to make ends meet, like so many other mothers. Her mother had been fortunate enough to even get a job. So Ada had to take care of the house, run errands, and cook food—all while working hard at school.
  • But Ada was determined to work towards a better life for her and her mother. So she endured, and worked hard in school. All she wanted to do was prove herself—and that opportunity was coming.
  • Ma, I'm home!!!
  • Ada was surprised to see her mother at the stairs. She usually was taking a nap when she came back, resting between her two shifts.
  • Ma? What are you doing up already?
  • I had to see you Ada! I just got an invitation inviting you to the Annual Liberian Young Scholars Conference! All your hard work has payed off! I couldn't be any prouder of my daughter!
  • Ada was filled with joy, and she celebrated with her mother. They ate a delicious meal of jollof rice and palava after her mother came back from work.
  • That night, Ada promised to herself that she would get selected tomorrow as one of the ten students getting a scholarship. She knew she would never get another opportunity like this. She had to make her mother proud—it meant everything to Ada. Her mother had worked so hard so she could be where she was. Ada couldn't let her down.
  • Five days later, as Ada prepared to leave for the competition, her mother waited by the door.
  • Ada did not understand why her mother felt such hatred for other people. But she trusted her mother, and knew it must be justified. Ada left the house with a determined face and her mother's words in her mind.
  • Ada, before you go, I want you to know something. At the competition, you will notice that most of the other students are not like you. They have not struggled and worked as hard as you. They have not faced the hardships we have faced. They have lived an easy life, with plenty of money. I want you to avoid them. They will do anything to manipulate, cheat, and lie their way to the top.
  • OK, Ma.
  • Our country suffers because of these people. People like us struggle everyday because of their games and greed. You'll stay away from them at all costs, OK?
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