NEVER GIVE UP!
I was abandoned by my mother at the age of seven months and started living with my father and stepmother
My stepmother was mean
I endured all manner of maltreatment 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 leftovers food
Our neighbor’s son caught me eating the dog’s leftover food 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 step mother, 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 everyday 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
Despite all these experiences, I was very bright academically and was loved and favored by God and people
The only way to escape was to achieve educational success and I did!