An amputee, Mary Daniel Onu, who had gone viral after photos of her hawking bottled water surfaced online has said that she never in her wildest dreams imagined that Nigerians will help her.
The 26-year-old indigene of Kogi, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC), narrated how she became an amputee.
According to her, she lost her leg to an accident that claimed everyone else’s life including her parents. This, she said, happened in 2006. She said life took a different turn for the young lady as her condition made her drop out of school in junior secondary school.
She had done menial jobs like firewood and fruit business, fetching water for people and so forth, just to care for her little kid and grandmother before she eventually considered hawking bottled water.
Highlighting her challenges as a Lagos hawker, Mary, who said she had migrated to Lagos on her own, said at times, motors hit her and customers run away with her money. She stated that she had one time nursed the thoughts of jumping into a Lagos river to take her life but that the thought of leaving her child to the care of no one dissuaded her.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that an Imo politician had splashed N1 million on the amputee. Making public the humanitarian gesture by the philanthropist and politician, his social media aide, Darlington Ibekwe, on Facebook said Nwosu flew into Lagos and met with Mary on Sunday, April, 11 and scheduled a breakfast meeting with her at Lagos Island, where she mentioned that she desired to set up a provision store to cater for her aged mother and 2-year-old daughter.
Nwosu had appealed to Nigerians to utilize social media for bettering lives as well as assist Mary and others facing challenges around them.