Five years ago, Abubakar Suleiman was hunting zebras with spears and trying to avoid antagonizing cheetahs. One foggy day last week, in a ceremony on a Harbor island he has come to know well, Suleiman graduated from Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens school. He was surrounded by fellow eighth-graders who have come a long way, putting worlds between themselves and the lives they had just a few years ago. But even in this remarkable group, it would be hard to find someone who has traveled as far as Suleiman.
Yep, being a spear-chucking, zebra-hunting African gave him a leg up in Massachusetts and now he is at the top of his age group in the javelin.
 P.S. In all fairness to Ms. Abraham, maybe she never has spent much time around 15-year-old boys. Maybe young Abubaker shouldn't have taken advantage of a journalist's stereotypical view of rural Africa. But then that is like saying he shouldn't be a bright 15-year-old boy with a sense of humor.