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I’ve Forgiven My Father For Abandoning Me Since Childhood – Lagos Amputee Water Hawker Turned Landlady

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Mary Daniel got here to the limelight in March after Saturday PUNCH reported her unusual braveness to eke out a residing by hawking water in site visitors.

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Sunday PUNCH studies that the story of Mary Daniel, a 27-year-old single mum amputee who hawked bottled water on the highways in Oshodi, Lagos, has seemingly ended fortunately as she opened a N17.5m storey constructing she purchased from donations made by beneficiant donors inside and out of doors Nigeria.

On the expansive premises of the home within the Igando space of the state, a sachet water manufacturing unit belonging to Daniel can be nearing completion. The home includes 4 residences of two bedrooms every. The home-warming held on Saturday within the presence of Daniel’s kinsmen led by Onu Igala in Lagos, Sanni Yakubu.

That is simply because the elated landlady stated she had forgiven her father for allegedly abandoning her.

Daniel got here to the limelight in March after Saturday PUNCH reported her unusual braveness to eke out a residing by hawking water in site visitors.

She had advised our correspondent that her dad and mom died in an accident the place she additionally misplaced her leg.

Dropping out at Junior Secondary College 3, she took to the streets in Onitsha, Anambra State, promoting sachet water to cater to herself and her aged grandmother.

She was impregnated in 2018 by her fiancé who she stated denied accountability for the being pregnant, forcing her to relocate to Delta State out of disgrace.

The native of Kogi State continued the taxing commerce within the oil-rich state even after giving beginning. She relocated to Lagos in March, hawking bottled water in chaotic site visitors and passing the night time on the balcony of a constructing on Suwebatu Road, Oshodi.

She obtained N25m in donations however within the warmth of solidarity her story attracted, her household disclosed that her father is alive and that her mom died from illness.

They said that her leg was crushed by a tyre rim at a young age whereas she was taking part in across the neighborhood.

Talking to Sunday PUNCH throughout the ceremony, Daniel stated she claimed her father was useless as a result of he deserted her from childhood.

She defined that she modified her identify from Ojonuga Blessing Onu to Mary Daniel out of annoyance in opposition to her father, including that she twisted the circumstances surrounding her mom’s dying and the amputation of her leg to curry favour from the general public.

Daniel said, “I’m pleased for the home and the manufacturing unit. I made a decision to accept water enterprise as a result of it’s the supply of my success. I’ve purchased the gear and generator; it stays fixing doorways and a car for distributing the water.

“I stated my father was useless as a result of he didn’t handle me. He stated he didn’t need a one-legged particular person in his household. He disowned me so I made a decision to alter my identify from Ojonuga Blessing Onu to Mary Daniel.

“After folks donated cash to me, his household begged him to reunite with me however he refused. I’ve forgiven him for what he did to me however I can’t settle for him as my father.”

She stated her daughter now lives along with her and has been enrolled in a faculty. “I thank Nigerians and everybody for serving to me. I’m additionally grateful to the Lagos State Authorities,” she added.

Daniel’s cousin, Seidu Amuna, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone on Saturday, confirmed that the daddy disowned her.

He stated, “Her father is my uncle. He and his late spouse (Daniel’s mom) weren’t on good phrases earlier than she had the accident when she was taking part in. As of the time she was carrying her (Daniel’s) being pregnant, they’d a misunderstanding and parted methods. When she gave beginning, the problem was resolved and she or he accepted Blessing as his youngster.

“Blessing was about 5 years previous when she and her mom travelled. The accident occurred the place they went. After her leg was amputated, he stated she didn’t belong to him. We requested him if it was due to her situation however he stated no. Up until now, he by no means defined what occurred between him and Blessing’s late mom. I personally begged him after fortune discovered Blessing to simply accept her however he stated ‘over his useless physique’.”

When contacted, Mary’s father, Onu, outright disowned her, saying, “I don’t have any amputee daughter. I’m not her father.”

The Onu of Igala in Lagos, Sanni Yakubu, stated the property was verified from the Lagos State Authorities earlier than it was paid for.

He stated, “We knowledgeable the Ministry of Justice and invited a surveyor who verified the property at Alausa. She purchased the home for N17.5m and did some repairs. She resides in one of many 4 residences and set free the remaining three. There are additionally three outlets in entrance of the home. With about N1.5m, the sachet water manufacturing unit shall be prepared and she will begin the enterprise.”

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