How my Step Mother Maltreated me and made me Eat Dog’s Leftover Food – Nigerian Lawyer


By Barrister Awele.

Anytime I hear them say Tacha has no mother. I ask myself if that’s enough excuse to become unruly and mannerless?. Don’t get it twisted I’m not being judgemental. I just want to share a bit of my childhood story with you.

My Childhood…..
I was abandoned by my mother at the age of seven months (7months) with my father and stepmother. My stepmother was mean and not so nice to me, but I still called her “Mother” till tomorrow, cos she’s the only mother I knew, although she’s late (may God rest her soul).

I endured all manner of maltreatment she meted at me. Sometimes I went hungry for days. She would so starve me that I would be seeing death.

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On one occasion, I was very hungry that I had to eat our dog’s leftover food. Our neighbor’s son caught me eating the dog’s leftover food (eba and egusi) and he told his mother who later that evening invited me to her house and asked me if what her son said was true.

I was so terrified that I begged her not to tell my step mother, because she will kill me if she knew that I ate the dog’s leftover instead of throwing it away.

The woman wept and promised to give me food everyday without my stepmother’s knowledge, a promise she kept till we left the compound.

As if starving me was not enough punishment, my Stepmother flogged me mercilessly until I would faint at times. She would also apply pepper in my vagina, eyes, armpit and neck, tie me up and abandon me in one of the toilets for days without food.

In fact, no week passed without pepper being applied on me for minor offenses a child could commit like failure not to wash clothes or dishes well, It wasn’t as if I stole or told a lie or fornicated. During these dark days of my life, I often prayed for death, but it never came.

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Despite all these experiences, I was very bright academically and was loved and favored by God and people. I knew that the only way to escape was to achieve educational success, so I never joked with schooling.

So you see, I have every right to be hateful, bitter, jealous, arrogant, sad, negative and toxic but I chose not to. Rather I embraced positivity, kindness, peace and love. My life is beautiful. I am a happy person. I’m at peace with God.

I am hardworking, beautiful and smart despite all I’ve been through and I have only Almighty God to thank for it. If I was able to subdue my demons then I believe everyone has the power to conquer his/her demons also.



  • You are truly Beautiful, I would have had pity for you, but how can I, you're already a Success. I praise God for your Life.
    May God grant you long life.

  • It is a great to hear this determination vision & God's grace & Destiny speak. God is able to take the determined to the
    top. Remained blesse.

    • God is faithful and kind, this is a life story, my life was almost the same, but in all things we should give thank to God,

  • ,Am moved n at the same time proud of this woman. you are an inspiration to your generation.

    • I glorify God in your life ma. I pray to God to give you long life and good health to enjoy your labour in Jesus mighty name.

  • Lady Awele, as a lawyer, is trained to speak or write in the manner she has presented her story.
    I sympathise with her and encourage her to continue to forgive and overcome bitterness and anger. I dare say that you need Divine intervention to have the mind of Christ.
    However, in a worldly setting, she would find difficult to keep her cool if she sees a child been maltreated.

  • What had happened is a stepping stone in your life,God is about to do greater things ahead which you never thought. But you have to forgive them.

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