- A Nigerian poet identified as Romeo Oriogun has shared the story of what his late mother, Dorcas Osadiaye, experienced in the hands of his father’s family
- Oriogun said that his late mother was hated because she refused to marry his father’s cousin
- The poet stated that he dedicated his first book to her to let her know she did not die in vain
The plight of widowhood in Nigeria is depressing. From the moment the husband of a woman dies, she is subjected to inhumane treatments, sadly, by her in-laws who are supposed to protect her. Despite civilisation, these practices still exist in many parts of the country.
Recently, a Nigerian poet identified as Romeo Oriogun recalled the experiences of his late mother, Dorcas Osadiaye, in the hands of his father’s family.
Taking to the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, Oriogun said that when his father died, his mother was hated by his family because she refused to marry his cousin.
Oriogun’s father’s family then took him and his siblings from their mother but that did not stop her from coming to see them even though she had to make a trip from Benin to Ipetu-Ijesha, a town in Osun state.
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The poet stated that they were returned to their mother when he and his brother were dying. Despite earning a meager salary of N12,000, Oriogun said his mother enrolled them in school and would often sell her clothes to feed them.
She got an offer from a man who promised to give her a house if she gave birth to a son for him. To ensure her children did not go homeless, she took the offer but sadly, Oriogun lost his mother during childbirth.
A few years after her death, the poet dropped out of school and worked odd jobs to survive. He said that poetry happened and he got a fellowship at Harvard and got into a master’s program without a Bachelor’s and that changed his life for the better.
Oriogun who just released his first book told his mother’s story to celebrate her. According to him, he has always wanted her name to begin his first full collection and to reiterate that she did not die in vain.
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