This is a very touching story yet educative.
Uriemu Onome got pregnant while in primary school at the age of 11. She was rejected by her parents for the shame she has brought the family. She moved in with her grandma who was not working in the village.
She realized her mistake and took the bull by the horn. How did she survived the shame and what happened to the son. Onome shared her amazing story on Facebook. Read below:
“My story goes thus, sometime 20 years ago, I was naïve and influenced by peer pressure. My dad was and is still a strict disciplinarian; mum on the other hand was a bit soft on us and let us has our way. She practically covered for and took sides with me especially (being her only daughter amongst 3 sons).
I got out of hand and starting moving with the wrong set of friends, got pregnant at age 11 (primary 5) and then my whole world crumbled. The harsh reality of life began to unfold as I had to drop out of school, I couldn’t sit for my First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLC).”
Narrating what she went through during the agonizing moment Onome went further:
“People in my neighbourhood made mockery of me, my dad couldn’t bare it, so he sent me out of the house and I had to go to the village to live with my grandma. In order to survive and fend for myself (as grandma isn’t working) I had to summon courage and face my own devil. I knew I was the cause of my predicaments and didn’t put the blame on my mum or anyone. I started street hawking selling all sorts ranging from tapioca (kpokpo garri), roasted pork meat, roasted maggots, Madiga bread, sachet water etc.”
Like the prodigal son I the bible, Onome knew she put herself in her situation and tried to make it up:
“Few months later I had my baby, saved some cash (through hawking) which I used to re-enroll for my FSLC, I passed with a “merit”.
Still in the street hawking business, I saw myself through secondary school; I was determined to show my folks that I truly regretted my actions and is now a serious child. Enrolled for WAEC cleared all my papers likewise my JAMB and then gained admission into the university.”
When my dad saw how focused I had become, they took my child and I back, sent me off to the university and took care of my baby…..
With determination she made it in life:
To cut the long story short, I’m now a M.Ed holder from the University of Lagos state Akoka, a successful teacher and happily married by His grace. My son is currently a 200 Level Law student. Strangers think he’s my younger brother because the age gap between us is so close, and he’s growing taller by the day.
My son is my life, he’s the reason I am where I am today as his presence into this world made me a responsible individual. He’s my victory story; he knows what I went through and is determined to make me a proud mum
Onome is happily married now.