Twitter users are showering their mothers with praise while likening them to female superheroes through the hashtag #MamaDiMama.
Using the hashtag, a blogger, Virtuous Irianele shared a very heartbreaking story of the many challenges her mother faced before she died. While sick, Virtuous tweeted that her mother showed great strength by catering for them and now in death, she remains her daughter’s Wonder Woman.
The sound of the bomb blasting at Ikeja in 2002 was the last thing mama heard before everything went silent. The events before and after this bomb blast made me realize that a person could be the physical representation of a Wonder Woman. A thread #MamaDiMama
Before the bomb blast, mama was pregnant with her third child and she fell sick during this pregnancy. A matron from the hospital she was registered in lived close by so mama visited her to complain about the sickness. #MamaDiMama
The matron had injections at home, she administered one of them. Wrongly. She sent mama home with promises that she would feel better by morning. Days later, she found out that she had gone deaf in one ear and worst still, the baby had stopped kicking #MamaDiMama
Tests after, the death of the baby in her womb was announced. I’ll spare you the gory details of her narration about how the remains of the baby was removed locally with hot iron rod in Benin city. If she got affected by this, we never saw it but what we did see #MamaDiMama
was her getting affected by the death of my younger brother. Tuberculosis snatched him and left its mark in her. She had gone from losing her ears to coughing. The coughs came out dry and bloody and the hospitals visited gave her cough syrups and sent her home #MamaDiMama
We would find out years later that it was tuberculosis that had taken its time to develop itself in her body. Year after year, she would wax stronger. We heard her cry sometimes on some nights. She didn’t know how loud she was crying and we didn’t tell her #MamadiMama
She was a regular customer at a lot of hospitals so much so that the began to call her by her first name with familiarity. She would leave the hospital and go to her shop at unilag because she didn’t want an excuse to be idle and of course she wanted us to eat #MamaDiMama
August 2017 became the breaking point as we were told that the swellings on her feet was not because she was getting fat, it was because she had ‘chronic kidney disease’. We started to live in fear of not knowing what tomorrow would carry but still she stayed strong #MamaDiMama
Dialysis after dialysis, I began to see the part of her that she had hidden from her four children for years. The part that showed me that it was okay to not be so strong while she remained strong. She longed for death and also asked that she be kept for her children #MamaDiMama
One year of dialysis later, she never for once cried in front of her kids, I heard her lose her breath crying on most of the nights I spent with her in the hospital and I smiled because I knew she was human after all. A wonderful one #mamadimama
19th September 2018, the week before her birthday, she passed away peacefully on her hospital bed but not without teaching me that she got her strength by relying on the promises of God and the children she birthed #MamaDiMama
Today, we journey miles down to the village to return her back to earth. Alive or dead, she remains my Wonder Woman #MamaDiMama