I was recently searching through some pieces of papers, and I stumbled upon my old medical registration card No 663/98 from the Sacred Heart Hospital, a Catholic hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta. I could remember the white lady who did a routine check on my blood pressure in 1998, when I arrived Abeokuta, assured me that I was living in my grave yard, after she found out that my blood pressure read like280/200. I probably did not know the reason for this till this day.
I once asked one of the world’s brilliant doctors, Jim Munis from Mayo clinic, the reason for high blood pressure and still the answer was negative. No one knows the reason for it yet.
Most Nigerian doctors attribute this to lack of rest, too much intake of salt etc. However, I have managed to live with this for more than 28 years and now I can report to you after checking my blood pressure this morning, it reads 147/87. Thanks to my new doctor Akibo from the same hospital, who was able to place me on drugs that are still battling with my poor blood pressure. Even though this will not prolong my life, at least I wake up each day with new hope of being able to save my life from what the African doctors described as one of the most deadly killer, of which 57 million Nigerians are affected.
The Lord has been so good to me, sustaining my health, living among the most troubled children of the Martyrs at Stephens Children Home. I can recall 18 years back, when our old friend and patron Gen. Zamani Lekwot declared our rented lock up shops from Sheik Biobaku opened, a charade dance that ended up over 400 children of Martyrs from the first 8 children from Kaduna.
We have enjoyed so much blessing from the Lord and His servants across Nigeria who are standing committed to the cause of the children. Many thanks to our many friends at Voice of the Martyrs who bear our burdens.
Our gratitude to the Government of Ogun state for hosting and protecting our institution. Just like the parable of the good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 , The self justification of the the lawyer gave not positive answer to his salvation, rather Jesus asked “who is his neighbour” We are grateful to all our good and friendly neighbours who like good Samaritans stood on our side at all times.
When I look at my time with many of our children, I don’t know how to count any achievement yet, I congratulate our first set of graduates from our state university (Olabisi Onabanjo University). Thoma Davou came out with first class in Mechanical Engineering while Godswill Elisha will soon proceed to the Law school etc. Many thanks to their Lecturers and Associates.
Many times, I still continue to think and ask myself, if we will be able to save the little ones over 300 and see them to their successful day like these ones.
Thank you all for your prayers and contributions to sustain Stephens Children Home.
We continue to ask the Lord to lead our young brothers and sisters into their various careers.
Our Victory and Gratitude
January, 2017 marks a memorable day in the success story of some of the Stephens Children. Seven(7) of the children who came to Stephen Center at an early age and resumed education in the primary school graduated from the University where they studied various courses of their interest and are glad to share their stories of achievements.
18 years down the line since the existence of the Home, the home has recorded a good number of some of its students who are now graduates from different institutions and disciplines. Here are some of the fresh graduates from the Olabisi Onabanjo University under the sponsorship of the Stephens Children Home.
Thoma Davou arrived at the Stephens Center in the year 2004 and resumed education from Primary Five (5). He graduated from the college in the year 2011 and proceeded to the Olabisi Onabanjo University where he graduated with a First Class Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was recently inducted as a graduate member of Nigerian Engineering Society.
Adua Bitrus arrived at Stephens Center at the age of 8 and resumed education in Nursery 2. He is now a graduate of History and International affairs from the Olabisi Onabanjo University and equally bags a Diploma in Law from the same institution. Adua is one of the first set of students at the Stephens Children Home.
Jemimah Yakubu arrived Stephens Center in the year 2005 and she resumed studies in Primary three (3) and later proceeded to the college where she graduated in 2012. She was admitted into Olabisi Onabanjo University where she studied Psychology and is now a graduate.
Godswill arrived at Stephen Center in 2001 and resumed in the primary school. Today, he is a graduate of Law from the Olabisi Onabanjo University. He is currently awaiting Law school.
Habiba arrived at Stephens Center in the year 2004 and resumed Primary Four(4). She is presently a graduate of Mass Communications from Olabisi Onabanjo University
Rebecca arrived at Stephens Center and she started her Junior Secondary School 1. Today, she is a graduate of Political Science Education.
Nassara Dauda graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University where she studied Political science. She came to Stephen center in the year 2000 at the age of six (6)