Mrs. Samba Greywood Dokubo-Briggs is a proud mother of triplets at 61 years old and just like every other woman who experienced delay in having children, she has been through so much.
A retiree from the Rivers State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Management Board, Mrs. Dokubo-Briggs believes God will take care of her children.
In an interview with Chukwudi Akasike of Punch, Mrs. Dokubo-Briggs narrates her journey into motherhood.
Below is an excerpt,
We have been married for 34 years and we have been expecting to have a child. We moved from place to place to no avail.
After marriage, I had miscarriages. You know when a married woman is not pregnant years after marriage, there is a tendency to run around from one clinic to another to seek medical help.
People said many things. In my neighbourhood, people advised me to meet other men to have a child for my husband. I told them that because of my Christian life, I cannot do that and moreover, I believe in God.
I went into menopause and we all know that when a woman gets to that stage, humanly speaking, all hope is lost. But within me, I knew God would not disappoint me. I was confident. I have always told myself that one day, God would visit me.
It was not easy. The road was very long, but for God, it wouldn’t have been easy. I sought help until God directed me to Save a Life Hospital in Port Harcourt, where proper investigation was carried out. They were able to detect the problems and took care of it.
After God, I want to thank my husband because he has been supportive and caring. He is one of the best men I have seen on earth. He tried. I give him kudos because not every man can bear the stress.
Even the insults from his family were unbearable. I visited his family one day and a little girl, my husband’s niece, mocked me. I have forgiven her.
Even now, there is still suspicion that it is not possible that a 61-year-old woman will give birth. Some people that I don’t even know do come here; they will say they have just heard about it and they want to come and confirm.