only eyes that a blind man living in a community in Ebonyi state, has
all his life, which is his lovely wife, has been plucked away by the
cold hands of death after she delivered of a set of male twins.
in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, life can be both
kind and cruel. This is what he has come to realise, following the death
of his wife after she gave birth to male twins.
thunderbolt for many obvious reasons, the first being that he is a blind
man unable to take care of his family. Fending for the rest of the
family was what the late Ngozi was doing before her untimely death.
about Emeh’s plight, announced a monthly stipend of N20, 000 for him,
the blind widower still needs help to raise his twins.
twins but died shortly after thereby plunging him and the children into
visually-impaired person; it is very challenging. My wife was everything
to me; she was a soul mate, sister, friend, mother, helper and
provider. She was a hardworking woman. She supported me immensely in
taking care of our children; she would always provide whenever I didn’t
have and she was a workaholic.
was part of me. I was lucky to have had her as a wife but it is
unfortunate that death took her away from me. I am now a distraught
single parent, bearing many responsibilities. The death that killed her
should have not come at this time when we are struggling to raise our
entire household mostly the newly-born babies. Now, it has dawned on him
that life could be a lot more challenging and unfriendly. He needs
bury her and to carter for the twins and other children, but none came.
ran to some top government officials in the state for help but they
could not assist me. I then wrote a letter to Governor Dave Umahi and
he immediately placed me on N20,000 monthly stipend after seeing my
case, which he described as pathetic.
Religion and Welfare, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, to make sure I received
the stipend regularly and to ensure that my suffering was ameliorated.
The N20, 000 monthly stipends is for the upkeep of the twins. The twins
are at Motherless Babies Home, Abakaliki, where they are being taken
care of. They are both males. Each time I visit them, I always feel
happy and grateful to God for keeping them alive despite the death of
their mother. I also feel happy and grateful to the people taking care
of them because it is not easy to take care of orphans, especially those
at very tender age.”
maintained that even with the N20,000, he still found it very difficult
to survive, as he was unable to pay for his children’s school fees and
Umahi’s administration, adding that the government was also taking
care of triplets whose mothers also died after child delivery.
physically challenged person. The governor pays the triplets N300,000;
he is taking care of them.
also take care of another family whose head is blind; the wife is also
blind. So, God is watching us and wants us to go and make a change,” he said.