She came to The Nation’s office the other day, but she looked quite upbeat. But behind that exterior, Stella Monye was not the happiest mother on earth. Her son has been held down by an illness of damaged kidney, bladder and urethra that has crippled him since boyhood. Ibrahim who has earned a degree at home needs the mother to care for him everyday. She needs N20 million to take the son to the United States for treatment.
Monye is no ordinary Nigerian. She has used her talent to sing and entertain and inspire. The least we can do is help her. Governors, senators, the president and his ministers: N20 million is small money to help the son. She sang “Oko mi ye duro timi o.” Translation: “My husband stand by me.” It is a plea for solidarity. She needs it now. It is a disgrace to us all that a woman like that who has been ambassador all over the world on our behalf is reduced to nursing a “vegetable” child when healing is on our wings.