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How will you describe life in the last two months?
My life has changed. I am not the same person I used to be. In the sense that things are better for me and my family. I am now working, we have a beautiful place to call home.
I am really enjoying it. It is such a beautiful place. I can’t imagine myself having such a lovely place as my home. I can’t be more grateful.
I like everything about the house, most especially my bedroom. In fact, I love everything about the house.
How will you describe the transition from village to bakery and now to a three bedroom flat?
There are a lot of differences in it. I was sleeping on the floor at the bakery. At home in Osun state, I shared a room with a lot of people. I now have a three bedroom flat. I have a room to myself, my children also have theirs. I have seen a lot of changes.
I am still the same Jumoke people know. The same Jumoke people knew in Osun state is the same as the Jumoke speaking with you right now, but the story of my life has changed. My lifestyle has changed. I am looking healthier, living healthier, I have more things to be thankful for.
I have a lot of clothes, not just clothes but fashionable ones. I eat better things. People have been helping us from right, left and centre.
I was a hawker before. I can never go back to hawking. I am now a model. I have a better work I do now.
No, I don’t miss it a bit.
When I wake up in the morning, I will pray, cook, clean up the house, wake the children, take care of them and we all eat together as a family.
Maybe one. That was last month or there about.
I don’t have friends now. My husband and my children are my friends now. Even while in Osun state, I didn’t keep friends. I don’t like going to a friend’s house to gossip and all that. It is not because God has smiled on me, no, that is who I am.
He fully supports me. He is thankful that things have turned around for us. We both own everything we have.
What is keeping him busy, what plans does he have?
He makes aluminum window. We are planning at getting a place to further polish his craft after which we will get a shop where he can ply his trade.
School is fine. I am enjoying it. I have learnt a lot of things.
We learnt the alphabets – English and Yoruba alphabets.
When I got there, we were addressed and told not to be shy but to be determined and to face what we came there to do.
They are fine, thank you.
Yes, I have. They even came to visit us in our new house. They call regularly and we call them too. We used to send things to them regularly in our own little capacity. I believe that a child that takes care of his parents will also be taken care of in his or her old age.
I am more than grateful to them all. It is only God that can reward them. I know God will continue to bless them, take care of everything they do. All they have will not diminish. I can never forget them, Sijimoto, Aunty Azuka, Mummy TY Bello, Shirley Bakery, Payporte, Stanbic IBTC. God will not leave all of them. They have added meaning to my life. They will continue to make progress, their children will be protected. They have all made impact in our lives. If not for them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. God will continue to keep them, their companies and their children.
Yes, it is. They have been a backbone to me. They have not taken a dime from me. God has been using them to help me free of charge.
I want to finish school first. I don’t want to be doing the two at the same time. Once I am done with school, I will face that.
Will you say you have been receiving calls for help from people close to you?
Yes, people have been calling me for assistance. I give when I have and if there is nothing, I tell them I don’t have.
Will you say you sleep well at night because of the sudden changes around you?
I sleep well at night, but when I wake up, I make sure I pray, thanking God for the sudden turn around and also pray for sustenance.
Yes, it is true. A good Samaritan gave me money and asked me to distribute to my friends at the bakery. I pray that God will bless him and make him progress in life. He doesn’t want his name mentioned. I am giving out N5,000 to about 40 to 50 people at the bakery.
They are doing fine. They are about starting school. My first child is in primary one, the other one is in crèche –