Low-income earners like market women, Okada riders, taxi drivers, Vulcanizers, cleaners and so on have more children than they can cater for.
Not too long ago an Okada man picked me up while on my way to the office. We got talking about the economy and how life can be difficult. I asked him about his family and he said that he had two wives and 7 children or more …I can’t really remember the number now. I didn’t want to alarm him but I quickly calculated how much he earns doing his Okada business.
It will not be enough to care for his large family. I then asked him about whether his children were enrolled in a school at least a government school. Well, he said he was trying his best to send them to school.
I shook my head and wondered if the circle of poverty will ever end in his family. If he can’t equip his children with the required skill and education to put them on a better pedestal in life then they all remain a struggling poor generation. This should not be so and can be stopped.
Do you knowthat those in the upper class and even middle class have fewer children? Imagine a man/woman is a multi-billion naira/dollar business owner and has only two children or four. These children will have more money than they can spend and if they are properly groomed and disciplined they will keep multiplying that money!
The Way Forward
I will say, educate as many people as you can about the need to raise a family commensurate to their income and ability. I have people who work for me like my housekeeper, and I also meet others like our mechanic, petty trade shop owner on my street. Hopefully, I can keep educating them about this “suicide” mission of having a large family with little or no money.
One way to end the circle of poverty among low income earners is to educate them about benefits of planning their families and having only the number of children they can cater for.
In my experience some of these people don’t know that they have a choice in the matter; they don’t know that there is something they can do about it.
Benefits of FP
• Mothers can rest between births and therefore are healthier
• Children born can receive proper care and nutrition while they develop. It is difficult taking care of a 3 months old baby when the mother becomes pregnant too soon.
• Income can be managed better with fewer mouths to feed
• Children can go to school and attain higher education.
• Fathers and mothers can have less stress in managing the resources of their family.
• Fewer fights in the family when the resources can go round.
Fola shares the story of an 85 year old woman whose children seem to have abandoned. She has 5 children who can not be found except for 2 sons who still won’t take her in. Thankfully the state government took her in. The gist is that this woman now 85years old is troublesome and so couldn’t live with anyone. She has had 5 husband’s none of whom are available or willing to take care of her.
This woman’s story got me thinking.Our attitude, character and choices will have an impact on our lives even at old age. I am not judging this old woman… I mean every one of us have a fair share of lives upside and downside.
I read the story of an old man who died leaving not so much in terms of silver and gold for his children but left a lot of integrity, honesty and kindness behind. His daughter was particularly mad with him for not been like other fathers who left great riches. She ended up landing an inclusive big package job with a company owned by someone whom her father had shown great kindness to when he was looking for a job. She is earning a 7 figure salary now.
The In-betweens of Our lives matter. What we do now will affect our tomorrow.
So many interesting thoughts on what people would do with their Million Naira/Dollar. My thoughts went racing as I was blank at first.
Then I sincerely said to myself what would I really do...sometimes you don’t know what you would do until the money drops. And the person sitting by me said you have to know now before it arrives.
Someone said she would cry….
Interesting Answers Below that I would like to share with you:
* Give people back their face – Meaning people who need facial surgery because of previous scars
* Food Shelter for the Poor
* A big factory to employ many people and travel to many places.
* Save lives
* Travel around the worldto assist people impoverished and set up a Foundation
* Exotic Holidays
* Help the voiceless * Free Health Care for All
* Set up a football Academy for young upcoming talents in Nigeria
* Chill out and not do anything for 10years.Then engage in motivation speaking not necessarily for a fee.
* Travel the world with my mom – This one got all the men in the hall protesting.
* Send my daughter to a better school– Why just your daughter someone asked. Because I don’t have a son the man said.
* Change companies and make them work better.
So what would you do with your Multi-million dollar or Naira?
What I would Do: Travel Around the Globe/Start a Foundation that will cater for less privileged women, girls, and children.
I dressed like this to the office on Friday not really thinking about the picture my appearance painted. I got a lot of delightful greetings like these:
“You look so gorgeous”, “You look like a princess”! “You look like royalty”.
A guest in the studios thought that I must be an important personality…O yes I am Important!!
Perhaps my royal roots have something to do with this aura and dressing…
Yes, my grandfather was a king for 40years in our village- Ago Iwoye- hosting the first university in Ogun State.
OBA D.M OSIYEMI, THE EBUMAWE OF AGO IWOYE
ENOUGH ABOUT MY LINEAGE – THIS POST IS ACTUALLY ABOUT YOU:
I want to let you know girl, woman, and lady that you are special, important and unique.
Never let anyone put you down
Never let your past put you down
Don’t allow your present circumstance or situation put you down. YOU ARE A PRINCESS; YOU ARE ROYAL AND BEAUTIFUL
And Girl God is got a big and beautiful plan for your life!!
She looked at her mummy on heels and giggled.Her little mind said:
“This mummy’s shoes makes such nice sound …”ko,ko, ka”. I must wear them”.
It was play time and there was mummy’s shoes sitting comfortably on the shoe rack. Giggling and laughing she raises her little hands and down came the shoes thudding on the ground. Her little feet enters the shoes…
“Yeeeh at last, i am wearing mummy’s shoes”!!!
Mummy seeing her little girl in her shoes shock her head smiling and saying to herself:
“The young shall grow”.
Do you remember your play time as a child?I did try both my dad and my mum’s shoes on my little feet. Imagine trying to walk in them…hee…hee. Yes…i stumbled and fell a few times but my little mind said i am winning this battle of fitting into an oversized shoe! 🙂
Leadership and Responsibilities: Sometimes you have to wear an oversized shoes. Like a little child you might stumble and fall but don’t give up. Soon your feet will fit the shoes.