Singer Joy Eseoghene popularly known as Jodie has said strangers advised her to kill her only child who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The ‘Kuchi Kuchi’ singer disclosed this in an Instagram post on Wednesday, while narrating her struggles taking care of the sick boy who clocked six in April.
Jodie said taking care of her son has been financially and emotionally draining to the point where she has resorted to begging.
In the posts she titled “Open Letter to Nigerians,” the gospel singer sought help for mothers who resort to extreme means to care for their children with special needs.
She wrote in parts: “I am not a lazy person. I sang a song, Kuchi Kuchi in 2010, which Kings and Queens have listened to and enjoyed. I am using the soft spot that song may have created to make this appeal.
In the past 6 years, I have hawked beaded jewelry in offices like Total, Noah’s Ark, DDB etc. I have sold hair care products. I have begged. I have borrowed. Nigerians are kind. Even Bellanaija has sent me 100k… I have been a beneficiary of Air Peace’s Thursday session with the Chairman as a social responsibility to help the less privileged – SEVERAL TIMES. The truth is, I am a NOBODY, but I was inspired, years ago to “a song even when I didn’t know myself – a song that still resonates till date.
“Who knows? Maybe the essence of Kuchi Kuchi was not for my popularity, but to respond to the silent cries of mothers who gave birth to special needs children. Maybe its essence was to speak for the blood of the special needs children that has been spilled IN SECRET by helpless mothers who did not know what else to do. I know this because some strangers have advised me to kill or abandon my son because such children are sent to swallow up finances.
“Special needs children do not eat normal food. Special needs children need a lot of medical, emotional, etc care. Special Needs children require the help of well-established world-class organisations, because it is not their fault that they were born that way.
“In my case, the hospital I delivered my son had a hand in it. I blame myself for not going to a general hospital. It is past. There is nothing I can do about it now.”