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Aisha Yesufu @AishaYesufu
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Ayi do you still have money left over from the pocket money given to you?
Those words marked the new phase of my life. I was 11 and wondering why my mum asked the question. She has never been interested in my pocket money.

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I left it in school I said. It is in the provision I kept with my matron. There was such a look of disappointment in my mother's eyes. Worse was that there was no money.

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A senior had asked I should lend her the money and I had given her. That senior is the only person whose name I remember from that school. Months later my parents would go back for the money and provision and of course there was no money

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That was the drastic change of fortunes for me. I went to school a pampered child and came back home to meet stark poverty and till date I have no respect for money. No personal attachment

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My father had lost everything during the Buhari regime. He was a businessman selling eggs ice cream and cones.

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The change of money hit him hard and his brother who used to drive the pick up to convey his egg sold a truckload of eggs for old currency on the eve of closure of the change. Instead of a truck of eggs he came with notes that were now useless
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My father was broken and he never recovered financially.
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When my parents went to pick me from school it was to change my school from the government school I was attending to a private school. I was always sickly in boarding school and the decision was made to change my school
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I started the school unable to speak English very well and my school mates would make so much fun of me whenever I speak. When they were done laughing I would ask for the right way and learn. I finished the best student in English
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Life was hard. We had stark poverty. There were days we had nothing to eat.

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The sudden loss of everything my father had made me to not attach any value to anything for I know everything can suddenly be taken away from one. From then on life was one hardship after another.
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One thing my family had in abundance was hope and a feeling of contentment. We also had a high sense of dignity and never allowed anyone belittle us or treated is with disdain.

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My father was a very vocal person who would not allow himself to be treated with disrespect. He had a lot of issues with the then expatriates that treated Nigerians anyhow.
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In all our moments of not having we had our dignity. I would go to school without breakfast and come back not expecting lunch. Yet I would never accept any food offered by my classmates except I had something to share.
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Up till date I never want to be beholden to anyone and do not do connection. Everything I needed to do was done the way everyone had to do it and not by some special connection. #BreakingBarriers
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Up till date I never want to be beholden to anyone and do not do connection. Everything I needed to do was done the way everyone had to do it and not by some special connection.
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I have had a life even though hard I would not exchange for anything. It helped made me resilient and able to face the world head on.

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I was less than 10 when I said to myself the worst thing anyone could do to me was to kill me and that I am going to die anyway and so that was not really the worst thing.
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I respect people but even as a child I never fear. I always spoke up on issue and made demands. I would want to know why and it frustrated me when adult simply felt because they say so that was it.
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I have taken great pains to always ensure that I let my children know why and allow them make demands.

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I always stood for issues that I believe in and I would always say it as it is irrespective of whose ox is gored. It got me into trouble lots of times but it earned me a lot of respect from my family. They know I wld be unbiased in telling the facts as they are. #BreakingBarriers
You might not like what I said or how I said it but you would know for sure it's the truth. Ability to speak the truth always is one trait I guard diligently.
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I never want to be in a position where something matters so much that I lose the ability to speak the truth always. Sometimes it means one can lose on somethings but there is a fulfilling feeling from being able to speak for one's self.
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Two things I am grateful to God for having is gratitude and contentment. I never stop marvelling at the distance from where I started from and where I am today. Also the appreciation of what I have.
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I have always been a big dreamer. I always dare and never focus on what won't work. I always do the best I can to the best of my ability and 8 accept whatever outcome. I let go and let God.
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Never allow yourself to be intimidated. You have a space on this earth that is specially for it. Occupy it.
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Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary. God bless you all
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