Celebrity? Why do people rejoice over negative popularity?
Remember the student of OAU who gaveÂ birth inÂ the school toilet and allegedly attempted to flush her baby down the toilet? Well, she has finally opened up to say what ‘really’ occurred on that fateful day.
The School Authority has also expressed disappointment over the initial reports and have confirmed all negative stories to be false. They also say it’s not illegal for a student toÂ give birthÂ while in the University so there are no sanctions or disciplinary measures taken against her.
In spite of the trauma she had passed through since last Wednesday, the 22 year old, 400 level student of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology , a native of Ijabe, a border town between Osun and Kwara states, says she is happy that the embarrassment she received from the controversy that surrounded the birth of her baby has turned into a blessing for her.
She says the babyâ€™s birth has made her more popular and important in the society.
Read her interview with the Punch below:
â€œWhy would I flush or killÂ my babyÂ after going through the pains of carrying him for about good nine months? I am not heartless and I thank God for my life and the safe delivery. I know God has the best plan for me andÂ my baby. I seriously appreciateÂ the cleanersÂ for their assistance because I got here (health centre) before I understood everything that happened to me. I am happy that I am alive andÂ my babyÂ is alive too. Iâ€™m also using this opportunity to thank the VC, the doctors and nurses, my lecturers and everybody because they all stood by me. They all becameÂ my father, my mother and everything to me.
â€œRight now, I can call myself a celebrity and definitely Iâ€™m going to be greater than a celebrity.Â My babyÂ too is going to be great. Look at the circumstance that surrounds his birth, just some days old, he is already all over in the news around the world and everybody is happy to see him or hear about his story. He will surely go beyond where I am now. He has turned me into a kind of celebrity. â€
She tells the true circumstances surrounding the babyâ€™s birth
â€œI was purging all through the night and I had no idea of what labour pain was all about. Actually, I was feeling pressed, I canâ€™t call it a labour pain because I was visiting the toilet all through the night till that morning. I just went to the toilet to go and purge when I noticed something just came out of me which I found out was the baby. The baby entered the closet. I was just there shouting, bleeding and people who saw the blood came out to help me alongside the baby.
â€œI was really scared! I was not expecting a baby. I went to the toilet but seeing a baby was terrifying because I was not expecting him or her to come out yet. It is absolutely not true that I took to my heels when people came to help me. It happened in Moremi Hall toilet and the toilet is a public one where everybody takes their bath, fetch water and clean up. So, some people were around fetching water, having their bath as usual, while I was in the toilet planning to defecate. My friend calledÂ the cleanerÂ for help because she was an elderly woman. I was very scared and people around too couldnâ€™t help because we are all young female students.Â The cleanerÂ later helped to carry the baby out and brought it to theHealth CentreÂ along with me.â€
On her plan for the baby, she says:
â€œI will continue to keep him more handsome, healthier andÂ nurtureÂ him to attain greater height in life. But what he will become later in life is not for me to decide but he will definitely become what God wants him to become. I will just try to train him in Godâ€™s way and I am sure His (God) plan for his life will be realised.â€