Jaundice At Birth Almost Crippled My Dreams

bukola_3
Posted July 5, 2018 from Nigeria
Born with Jaundice From Birth
Born with Jaundice at Birth but Survived and Maximizing My Dreams!...

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 center 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 with the above opportunities.

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.

 

 

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Jafreen Alamgir
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

It saddens me to hear this. Keep believing in your dreams. It will always help you to achieve it someday.

bukola_3
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Thanks so much Jafreen Alamgir, its so great to read your comment and your feelings. Appreciate your encouragement!

Stephanie Mah
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Hi Bukola.your story is so encouraging. You never led Your disability to stop you from reatching your dream. Thank God Who bless you with a good Hosband. Every thing happened for a popus.you are now doing a great job together with your Hosband. Glory be God.

bukola_3
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Hi Stephanie Mah, you are onpoint. All things work together for our good. Love you!

Olutosin
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Hello Bukola, welcome to WORLD PULSE.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, you are a very brave woman. Keep on moving on dear sister.

bukola_3
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Hello Olutosin, its great to hook up with you and read your comment. Appreciate your care and love. Will sure hookup with you one day. Thanks

Jill Langhus
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Hi Bukola,

Welcome to the World Pulse community:-) Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story. I'm so glad to hear that your parents were supportive of your journey despite your disability, and that you have a healthy and happy marriage, too!

I do encourage you to write and submit your story for the current story awards "Wealth of Women:" https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/85951. Do include your social links and website, if you have one in the story submission, as well as a video, if you have one about your story and/or foundation.

Also, you may want to apply for the following awards/prizes:
https://www.girlrising.com/challenge
https://amplifychange.org/grant-model/network/
https://www.roddenberryprize.org/

And, there is also an opportunity to apply for a free, six month mentoring on the "Resources" page, if you are interested: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/bim/resources/86074.

Hope these links are helpful to you.

Looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Have a great day!

bukola_3
Jul 07, 2018
Jul 07, 2018

Thanks a million, Jlanghus, I will follow the links one after the other. GOD bless you

Jill Langhus
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

You're very welcome:) Good luck!

Ngwa Damaris
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Thumbs up to you and your husband most importantly to the almighty God for using you.I will encourage you seek sources of funding and bring other women into your network.It was wonderful reading from you :)

bukola_3
Jul 07, 2018
Jul 07, 2018

Yes! All glory to HIS name for strength to forge ahead in the midst of adversity! Appreciate your wonderful comment...will work on that too

Olubee
Jul 07, 2018
Jul 07, 2018

Hello Name sake,
You are really a child of destiny,you have gone through a lot in life ,but God was with you all the way.I love the work you are doing and pray help will come someday to be able to achieve your target of 1000 youth ina year.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Much love
Bukola

bukola_3
Jul 07, 2018
Jul 07, 2018

Thanks namesake! really great to hook up with you..yes He is the helper of the helpless. Thanks for your wonderful encouragement!

Sister Zeph
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

What a long journey and what an amazing impact on society of all the difficulties which you have been facing since your childhood, i am sure soon you have that center to support more women through your wonderful program, God bless you more

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Sister Zeph,

Yes and Amen! Thanks for your prayers

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Kudos to you my Sister, even despite the impediment you are what you are today even giving back to others in the community. Thanks to your husband for his support. Continue to soar high and live your dream my Sister
Love
Busayo

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Madam Obisakin,

God bless you real good. Yes by His mercy, we are giving back to the community and God Has been faithful...

Tarke Edith
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Hello Jafreen thanks for sharing your birth story it is sad but thank God you are alive keep up dear you shall make it

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hi Tarke Edith,

Bukola here...guess there was a miss up. Yes we thank God for safety....God bless you

Ngala Nadege
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Hello sis,and thanks for sharing your story. A big shout out to you.Keep up

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Ngala,

Appreciate your love!! thanks

AGNES TUMASANG
Jul 12, 2018
Jul 12, 2018

Thanks my dear God answers to problems in his own way.

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Agnes,

Thanks you are perfectly right...

Ndimofor Aretas
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Hello Bukola,
Thank you for sharing your story. You a truly a "Girl of destiny". You are one in a million and favored by God! I am really inspired by the story of your life and I am happy that you found true love and with it you also found your life's calling.
Extend my sincere regards to your husband.
I am glad that you found The World Pulse community and I can assure you that you are in the right place.
I look forward to hearing more about the good work that you and your husband are doing...

bukola_3
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Mr Ndimofor Aretas,

Thanks for your accolade, may the LORD bless you and increase you...willl extend your greetings to my hubby..