Stigma episode 1

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Story by Christabel Ogbogu-Nwoko

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Growing up, Natasha spent more time at home than at school due to lack of funds to pay her school fees. Her father called himself a business man even though he was not into trading while Natasha’s mother was a stay at home mom who spent her time praying for her husband and they had many children.

Natasha’s father refused to take a job because he didn’t want to work under any one. “I want to have my own importation company, where I will import goods from countries like China and Hong Kong, all I need is huge amount of money to establish my own company”Natasha’s father Mr Lucas would always say to his wife and his five children including Natasha, who was the first child of the family.

“My Husband, There’s Nothing that is too hard for our God to do, God will provide that huge amount of money you need to build up your own business.” Natasha’s mother would always reply

“Amen” Natasha and her siblings will always chorus.

They were all hoping that thier father would land a big contract or deal that would give thier family the financial freedom that they so much desired but that never happened. Faith without action is dead.

When it became clear to Natasha that she could not leave her destiny in the hands of her parents, Natasha managed to sponsor herself through secondary school by running errands for Neighbours and church members.

Natasha, was so beautiful, pretty and cute like the most beautiful top models in town, She was well shaped and every time she was walking around in Gowon estate where she used to live with her family, no man could by pass her without looking back. She was gorgeous and fair complexioned. She was admired by almost every man in every place she went to.

When Natasha was at the peak of her youth. Her father Mr Lucas died in a ghastly motor accident, her mother who could not bear the bad news also died of shock. The burden to cater for her younger ones fell on her young shoulder and this turned her into a wayward girl. Natasha was known for her immoral lifestyle and reckless living. She changed men frequently.

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After the death of her parents, Life wasn’t a bed of roses for Natasha and her siblings, Things became worst for them, They were unable to feed and clothe themselves, Natasha felt the best way to assist herself and her siblings was to occasionally sell her body for money. Natasha can basically say that she raised herself, her two sisters and her two brothers, as no one from their parent’s family helped them, each time she went to her father’s family for help, they hurled insults on thier dead parents for having many children when they were alive.

While her mother’s family were more interested in using her and her siblings as house helps with no plans to send any of them to school. Natasha saw herself and her four siblings through school with the money she derived from the numerous men she slept with.

She struggled to cater for her younger ones and herself. None of her late parent’s family looked their way. Natasha was determined to be a graduate and to ensure that her younger ones were educated too
Years passed by, Natasha had graduated from the university and got a well paying Job, She turned a new leaf and she turned to God and asked God for Mercy but the STIGMA of her past wouldn’t go away, the worst part was that she was constantly reminded of her reckless lifestyle she lived years ago.

The stigma refused to go away!

To be continued

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