Nigerian lady explains how her traumatic childhood made her better.
A Nigerian lawyer, known simply as Awele, has taken to Instagram to share the sad and painful ordeal she experienced at the hands of her family while growing up.
She narrated how she was abandoned by her biological mother shortly after birth and grew up with her father and his wife, her stepmother.
The lawyer recalled that she was starved, beaten for no reason and punished at the slightest opportunity.
According to the lawyer, her education was the only thing which gave her joy. Therefore, she pursued it with all her might and maintained a positive attitude throughout.
She ended her post by advising others that negative experience is not an excuse for bad behaviour, something Tacha severally displayed in the Big Brother Naija house until she was disqualified.
"YOUR LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT.... Anytime I hear them say Tacha has no mother. I ask myself if that's enough excuse to become unruly and mannerless? Don't get it twisted I'm not being judgemental. I just want to share a bit of my childhood story with you😬
"I was abandoned by my mother at the age of seven months (7months) with my father and stepmother. My stepmother was mean and not so nice to me, but I still called her “Mother” till tomorrow, cos she's the only mother I knew, although she’s late (may God rest her soul). I endured all manner of maltreatments she meted at me. Sometimes, I went hungry for days. She would so starve me that I would be seeing death. On one occasion, I was very hungry that I had to eat our dog’s leftover food. Our neighbour’s son caught me eating the dog’s leftover food (eba and egusi) and he told his mother who later that evening invited me to her house and asked me if what her son said was true.
"I was so terrified that I begged her not to tell my stepmother, because she will kill me if she knew that I ate the dog’s leftover instead of throwing it away. The woman wept and promised to give me food every day without my stepmother’s knowledge, a promise she kept till we left the compound. As if starving me was not enough punishment, my stepmother flogged me mercilessly until I would faint at times. She would also apply pepper in my vagina, eyes, armpit and neck, tie me up and abandon me in one of the toilets for days without food. In fact, no week passed without pepper being applied on me for minor offenses a child could commit like failure not to wash clothes or dishes well, It wasn’t as if I stole or told a lie or fornicated. During these dark days of my life, I often prayed for death, but it never came. Despite all these experiences, I was very bright academically and was loved and favoured by God and people. I knew that the only way to escape was to achieve educational success, so I never joked with schooling.
"So you see, I have every right to be hateful, bitter, jealous, arrogant, sad, negative and toxic but I chose not to. Rather I embraced positivity, Kindness, Peace and love."