In a Yoruba household, it means you would have three Taiwos and three Kehindes, a glorious confusion. But Ruth is not celebrating. Her maternal joys often multiply in toils and tears.
The father of the kids, one Benjamin Uche, has fled the home to dubious shelter in Ikorodu. In the United States, he will be called a deadbeat dad.
She cannot fend for the children. A native of Abia State, the woman says her husband delights in the glories of copulation and not the rigours of fatherhood.
He loves the biological rush of fathering, but lacks the impulse of fatherhood. Ruth even confessed to abortion. Dazzled by abundance, Ruth has too little.
Abundance – of children – took away her pride, gave her pain, hunger and she pines for help. Even her in-laws have not afforded warmth of food or nearness.
An angel of mercy came in the form of Nigeria’s alpha governor, Akinwumi Ambode. He swiftly issued a directive to his erudite deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, to give her welfare. It’s a bower of love such as this that chimes in with the spirit of Nicholas Winton.
But it is a story of a failure of men in the Nigerian society. It is cowardly to leave your kids, no matter how poor you are. Even if you have nothing, it does not excuse delinquency. In the United States, the husband would be forced to answer to the law.