Howard Jackson, a man of around 40 from the West African state of Liberia, is a well-known and colourful figure at a busy intersection entering the southern Spanish city of Seville.

Dressed up in one of his more than 200 costumes, from Peter Pan to Little Red Riding Hood to Julius Caesar, he has been selling packets of tissues to motorists for over a decade, twirling and laughing and shouting endearments to his customers.

But Jackson aims to fulfil his parents’ wish for him as a schoolchild, and so has completed a two-year course to access university and is now pursuing a four-year degree in law. His dream is to become a judge.

“I would like to have a job that would allow me to leave the traffic light and spend more time studying,” he said. “One day I will be somebody who can have a good job and defend myself and defend other poor people who have no rights.”


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