Jaundice At Birth Almost Crippled My Dreams
Apr 30, 2019
Life has been challenging as we uncover and metamorphose into adults. I was born into a family of 6 over Three and a Half (3 1/2) Decades ago. Growing with love and care was the other of the day. We had fun time with kids in the neighborhood. Basic necessities of life were provided by God and our able parents.
As kids mature in the family, my parents relate the story below to me:
I was born with jaundice which made me not to be able to talk for three years; it was disheartening and a disability which will bring a form of ridicule to my siblings and parents, taking by my parents for all forms of solution, ranging from Churches to hospitals and all forms of spiritual help. You can imagine the psychological trauma we all went through. From all findings and enquiries, it was made known that I was given a wrong injection as a baby when I was just 3 months old. A child of destiny on a mission…devil also out to get out and destroy ‘a girl of destiny’.
In my parent’s quest for a cure and solution, God by His infinite mercy through one of the popular televangelist healed me after every other solutions failed woefully! I was able to hear and call ‘baba’ (my father) for the very first time at the crusade ground with a mammoth crowd as witness many years ago. GLORY BE TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST.
Along the line, my parents enrolled me in the kindergarten school to join my mates, my speech and hearing was not 100% perfect. My mates laughed me at every opportunity due to speech impediment and hearing, which made me to hate school completely. I was asked to repeat the class in primary school due to poor result. Intensive coaching and more efforts were put in place to enable me measure up to standard so I can join my mates who are already in High School. After many attempts, I was able to scale through in my exams and I finally got to high school and also scale through my junior WAEC. There was confusion in selecting area of study; ART, COMMERCIAL or SCIENCE but finally joined the COMMERCIAL CLASS and sat for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination but alas with F9 parallel in 10 subjects. These performances discourage my dad from continuing my education considering expenses accumulated over the period of time. I reluctantly obeyed him to learn tailoring which is not my desire. I spent six (6) months learning tailoring while my mom was all out seeking complete solution to my disability. She met a counselor who advised the family to get hearing aid for me so I can return to my studies, this opinion worked well with my mom and she tried her best taking me back to secondary school i.e S.S.2 (senior secondary) class. With the use of the hearing aid, I put in my best to encourage my mum for all her effort and I came out in flying colours and I got an admission into Federal College of Education to study Accounting Education in 2003.
After Three (3) years of studying in F.C.E, it was time for Industrial Training (I.T), I was posted to a Secondary School but was interviewed by the Principal before commencing the Teaching Practice but discouragement set in due to the fact that my communication skills is quite poor but she eventually helped in securing a Secretary job in the same school but I must report back to the school cause without the Teaching practice, I can’t obtain my certificate, which made me report back to school, this led to the school offering me an opportunity, training the teachers while still maintaining my secretary job at the secondary school.
The Federal College of Education management team advised me to go to special schools for disability but there was no money for me to furthermore, so my dad advised me on skill acquisition on Tailoring which I am not passionate about, after spending Three (3) years without fulfillment, my mum observed my interest is very poor, can’t cut, cant sow or do any tangible for (3 Years), I was enrolled in a catering school where I triumphed and got fulfilled, got a Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management.
MY DREAMS BEGAN TO MATERIALIZE AFTER MARRIAGE
After graduation from the Catering School, on the lookout for catering jobs, I was told no experience and fresh on the field. This led me to seeking out opportunities and the process I got hooked to the bones of my bones and the flesh of my flesh. We got married 2009 and God blessed us with wonderful “Ambassadors”. Life took a new turn, my aspirations bounced out of obscurity, joy, fulfillments were found in him. He loved me and never mind my disability. The good news is that, He loves GOD, he is a teacher, an entrepreneur, a father to me and the lover of my soul. Today, He runs empowerment program, impacting youth, men and women positively in ICT, MUSIC, PHOTORAPHY, VIDEO EDITING, SOLAR & INVERTER, CATERING, TEXTILES & HANDICRAFT Skills etc.
Through him, I discover my passion as a ‘Passionate ‘CareGiver’ for nurturing kids with special abilities, showing them love and care.
TEENAGE GIRLS & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Today, myself and my husband are passionate about giving back to the society, running ongoing free and subsidized trainings in rural and developed area. Our areas of concentration are:
- Sex Education for Teenage Girls
- Entrepreneurial Skills for Teens & Women
- ICT Education for Teenage Girls
- Cooking Tips for Teenage Girls
- Textiles & Handicraft for Women
- Solar, Music, Photo/Videography etc
- E-commerce opportunities for women
- Multiple Streams of Income Opportunity for Women
We desire an empowerment centre to be able to impact lives across the community and beyond, housing a section for a DayCare – taking care of children, caring and nurturing them for school, while having another section for teenage girls and women empowerment. We seek support to be able to impact 1,000 women in Nigeria annually.
DISCOVERING WORLD PULSE
So delighted to share my story with women around the world. I want to thank every team behind the success and reality of WORLD PULSE. May the LORD continue to enrich you and empower Partners supporting this vision globally.