Lagos-based physically challenged lady, Shola Azeez Akinnbodun has appealed to Lagos State, Amuwon Odofin LGA, as well as philanthropists, to provide accommodation and shop for her.
During the interview, Shola, who was flanked by her two lovely children, recounted her woes, during a surprise interaction on Sunday, at the Pentecost Anglican Church, Lagos West Diocese, FESTAC Town, Lagos.
Meeting Mrs. Azeez, again after over a decade, was both delightful and nostalgic. Her story is compelling and complex.
Despite her inability to use her lower limbs, Shola has a charming and amiable disposition.
I first met this beautiful lady, about 15 years ago, at the Church premises.
She was an active chorister in the church choir, irrespective of her harsh circumstances, as a Person Living with Disability(PLWD).
She exhibited a stoic determination to live, but her life remained precarious and pathetic. The enterprising woman needed serious financial help and special care, to become economically independent.
Gratuitously, as a senior Features writer, I interviewed and published her story in Champion Newspaper Ltd.
This special publication marked a turning point for this young woman. The full-page interview caught the attention of the Fountain of Hope Society of the church and other philanthropists.
They offered her vocational training in fashion designing and also bought a shop for her in 23 Road Market Road, FESTAC Town. Sholaâ€™s testimony is amazing. Today she is married with two beautiful daughters.
However, things took a downturn again, as her shop was recent, destroyed when the market complex was demolished.
To add to her woes, early this year, she lost her mother, who used to assist her in running her business and taking care of her kids.
Life is generally difficult for most Nigerians, but much worse for Shola and most Persons living with Disability (PLWDs).
Her present adversity is quite saddening because she is the breadwinner in the home. Eeking out a living is a herculean task for her again.
â€˜My biggest challenge now is to get a house and shop, as well funds to feed my family and pay for our childrenâ€™s school. I also need money to start my tailoring business again,â€™ she stressed.
She is therefore appealing to Lagos State Government, Amuwon Odofin Local Government Area(LGA), as well as kind-hearted individuals and organizations, to come to her aid.
Indeed Shola needs urgent help to save her from her present misery and suffering.