Ruth, a young child, foolishly told Seyi Oluyole that she intends to engage in internet scamming when she grows up. Seyi Oluyole took immediate action and changed Ruth’s bearing.
Her innocent statement which was premised on the poverty that surrounded her made Seyi act immediately and enrolled her in school after meeting her mother
She then went to see Ruth’s mother, a hawker, who disclosed that her daughter had to drop out of school because of financial difficulties.
Ruth recently clocked 10 years and her benefactor celebrated her in style on Twitter by sharing the story of their relationship
Ruth is 10 today, guys,” she wrote.
She proclaimed to me, “I want to be a yahoo girl when I grow up,” when we first met in 2019.
My heart was broken by her words. Because more in her environment equaled “FRAUD,” she aspired to be more.
I immediately realized that I had a significant impact on her life to make.
I asked her to take me to her mother as a first step. She led me to a small woman who was selling Ugwu by the side of the road.
Their similarity was startling.
Her mum told me how Ruth had to stop school due to their money struggles.
I told the mother we’d enroll her back in school …
In the first few weeks of school, she picked up really fast but gradually her good scores started to drop. She was crying a lot.
After much probing, we learnt that she was witnessing a lot of domestic abuse between her parents and this made her sad.
Myself and the team had a meeting with her mum, who agreed that there were fights in the house.
Her mum asked if we could take Ruth in so she could have a safe and healthy space to grow up in.
We agreed and By the end of that school term – Ruth’s grade picked up
It was a dark day- and even as I tweet this, I remember her so well.
The will in her eyes every time she visited. How she’d get upset with Ruth if there were any negative reports. And then hug her right after scolding her.
How were we to break this news to this face ?
Anywho, no sad stories today. We are celebrating our ball of sunshine who has a gift for everyone.
Sometimes cries for no reason but loves us all.
Make me the most beautiful things with papers.
So Happy Birthday Ruth. Here is to many many more years!
We all GOT YOU BABY”