|68-year-old grandma ejected from church quarters, family house…lives in danfo with 6 kids|
The story of 68-year-old Mrs Kehinde Oseni is a pathetic one. A story that confirms she is facing the other side of life characterized by pain, poverty, homelessness and helplessness.
Mrs Oseni, a casual worker at Lagos Island Local Government, lives inside an abandoned local council revenue bus popularly called Danfo on Freeman Street, Lagos Island. An indigene of Isale Eko, also known as Lagos Island where multi-billion naira business transactions go on every day, it is indeed a contradiction to see in the midst of this plenty, ‘a daughter of the soil’ is not only homeless but has been abandoned by all to her cruel fate.
Hers is a life of woes and she appears already overwhelmed by them. She has obviously lost faith in life and only waiting for death to do its worse. Born into a family of 14 children, with four twins, Mrs Oseni is today the only survivor. The rest are dead. Widowed 14 years ago, she initially found solace in a church which housed her but was soon after ejected.
From there, she moved into her family house but was later thrown out. With nowhere else to go, she has to move into a Danfo bus abandoned on the street, which now serves as a home for her, her only surviving daughter and five grandchildren.
“My parents gave birth to 14 children and had four twins. I am a twin also but all are dead. I am the only survivor in my family. Before my husband and daughter died, we were living comfortably until death came and whisked her away after she gave birth to Mary. It seems death runs in my family”, she told Saturday Sun with fear written all over her.
A close look at the Danfo shows that the two front seats of the vehicle-turned-home serve as beds for two members of the family while four other members cluster on mats spread on the floor of the bus and the booth compartment which also houses the dysfunctional engine of the vehicle is used as wardrobe with clothes scattered all over.
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