In 1994 Samuel started with 2 buses. Today, PEACE MASS has over 4000 buses. How did it happen?

Born in Nsukka, Enugu State in November 1963, Sam is the first son of a family of 9. Sam’s father was a bricklayer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He slumped and died on the last day of February, 1977. Sam had his primary school education at the Enugu road primary school, Nsukka from 1971 – 1976. He then was admitted into Bubendorm Grammar school, Adazi, in Akwa, Anambra State. But the death of the father left the mother with no option that to withdraw him from school for financial reasons and bring him closer home. He then entered Community Secondary schoo, Mbu in Isi-Uzo LGA of Enugu State.

Chief Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi, MON

Barely managing to survive in school because of poverty, Sam had only one paire of white khaki shorts and a white shirt as a school uniform as against two recommended by the school. “At the time, I only wash my uniform on Saturdays, wear it clean to school on Monday to Wednesday and avoided morning assembly on Thursdays and Fridays because my uniform was too dirty. I used to report to school early those two days, but I would go and hide somewhere until the assembly was over. Of course, I was always punished for coming later. That was not all. I climbed all the mango and cashew trees around our school to pluck their fruits for food and for sale, to supplement what my mother was giving me as pocket and feeding money. I climbed these trees so often that I know those trees knew me by my name.”
At the end of his class 3 at Community Secondary School, Mbu, he could no longer cope with the financial demands and subsequently, had to be transferred to St. Theresa’s College, Nssuka where he felt a lot more relieved as it his home. But as a senior student as he was in Class 4, he was expected to wear trousers to school. He had no money to buy trousers, and so he continued wearing shorts until the second term of his final year. It was a public embarrassment!