The middle belt part of Nigeria has really suffered in the hands of Fulani herdsmen as many lost their lives and properties to the grazing of cows. Infact, some people across the nation have also complained about the herdsmen going into their farms and destroying their produce.
Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan narrates her experience with the herdsmen who went into her watermelon farm land which was due for cultivation and destroyed it.
“I remember this day in 2016. Three months prior, I’d just acquired 5 hectares of land at Ijebu Omu for watermelon farming. I was in such a high spirit looking forward to planting the new hybrid seedlings that had just surfaced.
I was sleeping in a room apartment I rented in the village so I could be closer to my farmland. We went to work, cleared the land, sunk the borehole, layed the pipes for irrigation so that water can be sufficient as watermelon feeds hugely on water and environment.
We planted. I left the farm maintenance to the farm manager. I was so tired that I needed to take a holiday so bad. But Ranti, my friend who just struck a deal with a Nigerian-Indian company who needed tomato suppliers who would be consistent was waiting.
So we headed to Iseyin from Ijebu to see the expansion on our Tomato farm. I stopped at Ibadan on my way from Iseyin to have a drink and my favourite Amala with my constituents at Turaya in Yemetu.
On getting to Lagos, I had only 5 days to prepare for my China trip as my partners from Iran and Pakistan wanted us to tour Hunan, a province popular for its tea cultivation.
As a “soji girl” that I am, I exploit all money making avenues around me. I needed to shop for milk and sardines that I would sell in China to cover my hotel bills. (Ogbon lo gba)
So I spent one whole month in China from Shanghai to Yiwu to Hunan to Sixuan to Pinyin to Hanzhou and finally Guangzhou where I met my beautiful Abuja babe, Mobola.
I was tired and drained mentally and physically. I had a week stop-over in Dubai which I had to cancel because I just wanted to be in the strong embrace of my #ejika-the best man any woman can ask for.
As I turned on my phone at Dubai airport, text messages came in from my watermelon farm manager that fulani herdsmen had come into my farm and that their cows had destroyed our watermelon that was due for cultivation.
Oh, how i cried! I collapsed right there at the Dubai airport. I was rushed to the emergency hospital and was on admission for the 5 days that I didn’t want to spend!
(Man proposes) This Picture was taken the 2nd day by my Doctor.