Barely 24 hours after The PUNCH released an exclusive video of a poor blue-eyed mom, Risikat Azeez, who was dumped by her husband, Abdul-Wasiu Omo-Dada, Nigerians have trooped out to express willingness to assist the Ilorin-based mother of two.
The video, which has gone viral with millions of views on social media, has attracted tens of thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, aside from the numerous shares on WhatsApp.
The story of Azeez is particularly touching as her husband abandoned her with two daughters because of the colour of their eyes.
Azeez said she and her kids see clearly with their eyes and had never been to the optician’s shop for any examination or treatment resulting from bad sight.
But her problem started when she gave birth to two girls with the same pairs of natural eyes alien to people from this part of our world.
“I was born with these eyes and I also gave birth to my children with same pair of eyes. Since I was born, I have never had any challenge with my eyes. I have never been to the hospital due to any discomfort. I thank God.
“No one had this set of eyes before me in my family; both from my mother and father’s side. I’m the first to have this kind of eyes. And when I started bearing children, they also have it and I did not regret that I have this set of eyes with my children,” said the mother of two, who spoke in Yoruba Language.
She complained of maltreatment from Omo-Dada, who once-upon-a-time loved her.
“My husband whose name is Abdul Wasiu Omo-Dada is very aware of the condition of my eyes and he loved me for who I am. Things started getting bad when I had my first child and later my second child. He totally changed and he would shut me up and walk out on me whenever I tried to start a conversation with him.
“My parents later asked me to leave his house. Since I left till now, he has not shown up to ask why I left or ask after me,” she narrated.
Azeez, jobless, said she would like her kids to be educated, adding, “It is my desire for my kids to be educated because my parents sent me to school within the limit of their capacity which is not even adequate for me because I can’t speak. But it is my desire for my children to be well-educated if I have the funds and if God enables me.
“My first daughter who is almost five years old has never attended a school before but I will like them to be educated.”
A Facebook user, Abiodun Atobatele, wrote, “Who can link me to these beauties? I have scholarships for the girls up to MSC level, cash and accommodation for the family.”
Adelani Ayeni wrote, “Behold, the Wonderful handmaids of God. God is still revealing His beautiful and handsome identities. Glory! I will appreciate if The PUNCH can pass me their contact. Thank you.”
Kazeem Sumonu commented, “Can someone post her contact information please?”
Eugenia Fully wrote, “How can I get in contact with the mom and kids to help up?”
Cynthia Werner stated, “Unique and amazing! Someone should set up a go fund me account on her page for her children and for her they all could be models.”
Tiffany Perkins wrote, “How can we help with schooling, health care, clothing, food, and/or shelter? Could you put me in contact with her or someone that can contact her?”
@incredibleoyin inquired via Instagram, “Hello, good morning, PUNCH. How can we help this lady’s kids? Thanks.”
@ifghobeautyplace requested, “Please how do we reach out to her. I run a beauty store. I’ll like to take a portrait of her.”
@Treazures asked, “Hello, please how do we reach this woman and her children to help her please.”
@OsinachiIgwe suggested, “Can PUNCH Newspapers start a Gofundme for them? So that people can reach out to them financially.”
A tweep, @AarinolaEniola, said, “If any of these brands see this woman and her kids and polish them, Jumoke the bread seller story will be minor to theirs.”
@AneneJoseph requested, “Can I get her number. I have been looking for this. Waoh! Blue eyes even daughters. I can imagine my son with blue eyes. Any information about them please kindly pass it.”