Here is a heart-warming story of a heroic mother who dedicated herself to her children. Please, read it and think of your own parents. What was their biggest sacrifice to ensure your well-being? Are you keeping in touch with them? Maybe it's time to pay them a visit, or call them, or go to the next room and tell them you love them!
My name is Lilian Adjarho, and this is my pure mother’s love story. I am the third child in my family and I am so immensely influenced by her mother’s love. This love has made me the strong, positive, patient lady I am today. My mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Omafuare Adjarho, groomed her four children to become individuals who would make a difference in society.
In 1982, my mother was really ill but she stayed strong because of her children. Although she was frail, she never stopped caring and sacrificing for her family.
My father lost his job just as my mother started having children, and was also of ill health in the 6 years she had the four of us. A few years later, he had a stroke. His illness was a heavy financial burden on the family because he needed periodic treatments. My mother struggled with her job as a teacher in Ughele Primary school. She added to that farming and petty trading in order to keep our family going. The stress for her was so much that her health began to fail her. She was diagnosed of kidney disease and a hole in her heart. With this, came the high blood pressure. She has been on medication for almost two decades, yet never one day has she slowed down on her sacrifices for her family. She ensured that no matter what happened, her children were never out of school. She made sure food was always on the table.
She borrowed to ensure her family was running as it should. Usually, her entire teacher salary was used to offset loans which she took. She was dragged to court several times. At a point she went into hiding because people she owed wouldn’t give her a moment of peace.
She did all this to ensure that we never lacked good food and education. She did all this alone with no help from anyone. Her family members who could assist rejected her and even told her directly that she was killing herself unnecessarily. I recall a time we went to sell things in the market and there was an open fire robbery going on in the market. She risked her life not minding if she might get hit by a stray bullet. She rushed down to the market to ensure we were fine. Someone asked her if she wanted to die for her kids. She responded that the only joy she had were her children. This woman was ready to lay down her life just so we would be okay.
I can confidently say not many women will go through what my mum went through for over 30 years. She never gave up on her sacrifices for us even for a minute! Today, my mother, though alive, bears the scars of the struggle she had for her children. Last month, I turned 26 and I promised I’d share her love story with all of Nigeria and the world. This is my pure gift to her, and a more importantly a way to inspire every mother. I’m sharing this story of Elizabeth Omafuare Adjarho because there’s indeed is nothing as pure as a mother love!
What was their biggest sacrifice to ensure your well-being? Are you keeping in touch with them? Maybe it's time to pay them a visit, or call them, or go to the next room and tell them you love them!