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my hero, Mrs Rose Orji


My hero is my mother, Mrs Rose Orji who brazened up to a very diificult and dchallenging situation when our father fell sick with gout. Gout then was a very uncommon ailment and attributed to superstitious cause.

My mother was torn between taking care of a sick husband who she simply thought had medical situation and training their five children in school. She took a teaching job as means of bringing resources to the family and engaged in part time cathering services so that her five children could have good education.

Today Five of us are university graduates and my father healed after receiving treatment from europe.

All these she was able to acheive with her meagre earnings as she got no contributions from family members as they did not believe in education for all especially the girl child education.

My mother is my hero because she made a lot of scarifice for the family she loves and also bestowed on us the importance of education because it was because of education she was able to acheive all she was able to.


Iphie's picture

Thank you all

Thank you all for wondeful encouraging stories so f


Sarvina's picture

Wonderful mother!

Hi Lphie,

You are lucky to be born as her daughter! She is a real hero in your heart... do everything for her sick husband and raise her children without contributing from other family members. I'm so proud of her!!!

Best Wishes,


Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

lisa horiwapu's picture

From where I come from,

From where I come from, educating a girl is a second priority.Iam the first of six children, three boys and three girls including me.My parents did have good education in their days during which very few students go out of the country to recieve such. Both mum and dad had the privilege to have that.
Then came me, education during my secondary days was more like..survival of the fittest. Things got a bit tough financially and I managed along with my other brother to start financing our own education by making copra.[Coconut] Holidays for me at that time was working days.Although we always have our school f ees in time for our return to the boarding school, there was always no pocket money but mum always managed to have at least $20. kept somewhere for us for the whole year.
My parents believe very much in me so much so that at one point people discouraged them to send me to school except my brothers, but they did send me back to school.
I have very few people who believe in me that I always look to them as my silent heroes.

Vasantha's picture

Wonderful mother

Dear Iphie,
Come to think of it, it should be difficult to have a bed ridden husband to be taken care of and the children. That way my mom had only to take care of the children as my father passed away, though quickly in an accident.
You mom must have been real tough to carry on all this burden. My salutes to her.
where are you from?
With ward solidarity,
R. vasantha

Iphie's picture

re-my hero

Hi Vasantha,

Thanks on behalf of my mother indeed it was very difficult and challengin as we were all almost in the sam age group and were in school at the same time.
But we are thankful to God tha it turned out well for us all.
Sorry about your father.



Iphie's picture

I am from Nigeria, the

I am from Nigeria, the western part of Africa


Sarah Diop's picture

My Hero

Thanks for sharing, the story of your courageous, loving mother is an inspiration. She is a wonderful hero and mother.


Wishing you many Blessings,


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