Jaundice At Birth Almost Crippled My Dreams

bukola_3
Posted July 7, 2018 from Nigeria
Born with Jaundice From Birth
Fulfilling Dreams despite disability

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.

 

 

This post was submitted in response to #WealthofWomen.

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Jafreen Alamgir
Jul 08
Jul 08

Always raise your spirits. Lots of love.

bukola_3
Jul 08
Jul 08

Alright! Thanks...appreciate greatly

jlanghus
Jul 08
Jul 08

Hi Bukola. Good luck with your submission:-)

bukola_3
Jul 08
Jul 08

Thanks God bless...

jlanghus
Jul 08
Jul 08

You're welcome:)

Sarah Anna
Jul 08
Jul 08

What a beautiful and inspiring personal history ! A great purpose you are working for !

bukola_3
Jul 11
Jul 11

Hey! Sarah Anna,
I am so delighted on your comment! Precisely, I am so happy to discover worldpulse - a 'voice platform' for women around the world to get heard. Your comments and that of others have given me fresh hope that better days are ahead! Thank you once again!

Stephanie Mah
Jul 09
Jul 09

Thanks for sharing. What a great job you are doing. God is wonnderful.

bukola_3
Jul 10
Jul 10

Thanks

Tarke Edith
Jul 09
Jul 09

thank you sister your story is great keep up

bukola_3
Jul 10
Jul 10

Appreciate!

Rosylyne Nabaala
Jul 11
Jul 11

Thank God for the healing power and now I'm happy you can speak and also helping others to aquire skills , may God bless you.

bukola_3
Jul 11
Jul 11

Hi Roselyne Nabaala,

Yes! GOD is the greatest healer! HE did mine and he can do for everyone that run to HIM for help! Thank you for your encouraging words...God bless you real good.

Olubee
Jul 12
Jul 12

Dear Bukola,
What a great job you are doing, keep up the good work.
Love

bukola_3
Jul 14
Jul 14

Thank you once again! appreciate your support

Chinyere Okoh
Jul 12
Jul 12

Thank you for sharing. Exampler article on passing through life's hurdles.
Inspired!

bukola_3
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Chinyere Okoh,

Its really a pleasure on your input. Thanks for the encouragement...hope to connect soon

Chinyere Okoh
Aug 01
Aug 01

Anytime dear. Keep up the great work

SIMON MUREU
Jul 14
Jul 14

I LOVED THIS STORY AS TOLD OUT OF HEART and is very touching
With love to you all

bukola_3
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Simon Mureu,

Great to have you here sir...you are welcome...thanks a million

kyla
Jul 16
Jul 16

Hi Bukola, thank you for sharing from your heart, it is wonderful to see that you have such a supportive family and you have already been helping lots of people through your experiences. It is inspiring to hear about your vision for the empowerment centre, I hope it brings you joy as you continue to positively impact more lives.

Ngwa Damaris
Jul 19
Jul 19

Courage as you move forward :)

Gladys Muthara
Jul 21
Jul 21

Wow! Your story is so touching and encouraging. Truly, everything happens for a reason. I am so glad you have surmounted the challenges you faced when younger and are now turning them into amazing sweet fruits by empowering women and girls, and taking care of children who are differently abled. I give thanks for you and your husband, and may you continue to touch many more lives. Blessings.