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BLACK SEXTUPLETS FINALLY GET SUPPORT AFTER PROTEST CAMPAIGN IS LAUNCHED BY BLACKS-1998-THE FIRST BLACK SEXTUPLETS IN AMERIKKKA!December 11, 2012
First Black Sextuplets Belatedly Win Public Notice
Published: January 08, 1998
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Speaking to the President at that meeting, Thaddeus Garrett Jr., former board chairman at Howard University here, said of the Thompsons: ”Never got mentioned anywhere. Didn’t get a dime from any corporation, diapers or anything. Then this woman out in Iowa has seven, and she’s in more magazines than you are.
And it wasn’t until some of us ministers kicked up a fuss that now some of the corporations are starting.”
Whether it was the ministers or the radio show, many of those who had ignored the Thompsons rushed to their side in the newly warm glow of the spotlight.
The Procter & Gamble Company offered diapers. The General Motors Corporation provided a van. Howard promised scholarships for all five children. Toys, clothes and swings piled up. Gerber Products gave coupons for food. The Washington law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding is providing free legal advice. The Freddie Mac Foundation, established by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, said it would give the family a house and is on the verge of announcing that it has found a big one with a yard.
Univ. Gives Sextuplets Scholarships
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AP News Archive Dec. 22, 1997 5:16 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Add a paid college education to the list of gifts for the five surviving sextuplets in Washington.
Howard University offered four-year scholarships Monday to each of the seven-month-old Thompson babies: Emily Elizabeth, Richard Linden, Octavia Daniela, Stella Kimberly and AnnMarie Amanda.
“It’s our turn now,” father Linden Thompson told WRC-TV. “Howard has done the job. It’s time for mom and dad to do their job.”
The babies were decked out in blue and white Howard University sweatsuits and bonnets for Monday’s announcement. By the time the babies enter college the scholarships will be worth $314,000.
Linden and Jacqueline Thompson were the first black parents in the United States to have sextuplets but they and their newborns were virtually ignored until last month’s birth of the McCaughey septuplets in Iowa.
The Iowa births sparked stories about the lack of attention given to the Thompson family.
Since then, the baby shower for the infants has been ongoing. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her annual visit to Children’s Hospital, recently posed for photos with the Thompson family.
The National Political Congress of Black Women, based in nearby Silver Spring, Md., announced last week it was “adopting” the family and helping make some of their wishes come true.
The Freddie Mac Foundation has already promised the family a house, and Chevrolet has donated an Astro minivan.
Local students and employees have also presented gifts. About 30 students from Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, Pa., even took a four-hour bus ride to present their .
QUADRUPLETS (4 BABIES AT A GO!) FOR THIS YORUBA COUPLE WHO WERE CHILDLESS FOR 17 YEARS!- EYIN OLUWA LOGO! -PRAISE GOD! -FROM PUNCH NEWSPAPER AND VANGUARD NEWSPAPER,NIGERIAFebruary 29, 2012
We waited for 17 years to have baby –Parents of quadruplets
February 14, 2012 by Bukola Adebayo
The quadruplet and their parents
The saying that “a patient dog eats the fattest bone,” could be used to describe the experience of a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Olayiwola, who on Thursday had a set of quadruplets at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, after 17 years of marriage without a child.
Narrating her experience, Victoria, a business woman, said on the advice of her husband, she stopped trading about three years ago so that she could devote more time for proper medical consultation.
“Words cannot describe how I felt when I found out we would have quadruplets. I am elated, the delivery was short and my babies are fine. I am thankful to God,” Victoria said.
She said she got married on March 4, 1995, and after 15 years of visiting several private hospitals in her quest to have a baby, the couple planned to seek help in a United Kingdom hospital.
But Victoria said before they could perfect their plan, they were referred to specialists in LUTH in 2010.
“We had already secured Visas to go for medical examinations abroad because we had been to several hospitals in the country but when we came to LUTH, they reassured us that they could equally provide the medical services we were going to get abroad,” she said.
She called on the Federal Government to equip its hospitals and also provide adequate infrastructure, adding that poor medical facilities would discourage people from patronising government hospitals.
She said, “We have the experts and specialists. In fact, our doctors are the best abroad. But we are worried about electricity because we know that most of the medical equipment will require electricity to work.
“I urge the government to encourage Nigerians to patronise our hospitals by equipping them with infrastructure that our medical personnel will need.”
The babies who are presently at the neo-natal ward of the hospital were delivered through elective Caesarean Section, which lasted between 10.42 pm and 10.49 pm on Thursday.
The babies are the first set of quadruplets to be born at the hospital this year.
The 42-year-old mother of three girls and a boy told Metro at the Ward-C 2 of the hospital on Monday that the babies were enjoying adequate medical care at the hospital.
The head, Public Relations Department of the hospital, Mrs. Hope Nwakolo, said the babies weighed 2.2 kg, 1.85 kg, 1.75 kg and 2kg respectively at birth and were born prematurely at a gestational period of 35 weeks.
Nwakolo said the babies had good chances of surviving due to their healthy weights at birth in addition to the well-equipped paediatric ward and experts who had been attending to them and their mother.
Meanwhile, the elated father of the babies, Mr. Segun Olayiwola, who is the General Overseer of the Living God Preparatory Assembly, Abule-Egba, Lagos, said he was financially capable of providing for the babies but would welcome support from interested Nigerians, governments and organisations.
Olayiwola said, “I waited for this long because I had trust in God. The ultrasound initially revealed three babies which we had always wanted but two weeks later, one of the eggs broke and we were told to prepare for four babies. I was compensated with four babies at a time after 17 years.”
The 48- year-old father advised childless couples to be firm in their faith, seek medical assistance early and also protect their spouses from victimisation from families and friends.
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I was called a fool, when I celebrated my 40th birthday without having children
On February 19, 2012 · In Just Human
By Sola Ogundipe & Chioma Obinna
Such was the powerful rendition of the entire Psalm 30 by Pastor (Mrs) Victoria Olayemi, mother of Nigeria’s newest set of quadruplets.
Victoria’s voice rang out stridently and was reechoed across the function hall of the Visitors’ Lodge of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, where the event held. She was joined by her husband, Samuel Olayiwola, also an ordained Minister of God and dozens of well happy family members, friends and wishers.
Pastor Samuel Olayiwola, who became father of quadruplets 17 years after marriage
It was a voice of thanks, delight and appreciation for the Almighty God who had given her the most wonderful gift on earth – the gift of motherhood, not once, not twice, not even thrice, but four times over! Victoria, an ordained Minister of God was the joyous mother of a healthy set of quadruplets, whose birth, once and-for-all removed her reproach and restored her life to her hope.
Although the famous Psalm had originally been given as a psalm and song of thanksgiving for deliverance from death at the dedication of the house of the biblical King David, it was no less appropriate at the christening of the Olayemi quadruplets. The babies, three females and one male were born at the LUTH on Thursday last week through Caesarean Section.
They were born premature at 35 weeks of gestation. At birth, they weighed 2.02 kg, 1.85kg, 1.75 kg and 2.02 kg. Since their birth, the Olayiwola quadruplets have been in the news, not just because they are the third set of quadruplets delivered at the health institution within the last two years, but because their birth had been foretold at the time their parents got married,17 years ago.
Indeed all roads led to the Visitors’ Lodge of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos, as they were christened amidst pomp. With songs of praises, dancing and prayers, family members, well-wishers and worshipers from the Living God Preparatory Assembly, Abule -Egba, Lagos. In a short sermon, Rev. Amos Kayode of the Creative World Chapel, Ikeja, described the successful birth of the quadruplets as an uncommon miracle and manifestation of the promise of God.
He admonished Nigerians never to give up or lose faith in the power and ability of God even in the face of the greatest odds. “It is a lifetime privilege for us to be present here today, because many of us may never witness this kind of miraculous event again in our lifetime. My heart is full of thanksgiving and even the heavens recognise the uniqueness of this occasion,” he declared.
During the event, Olayiwola told Saturday Vanguard that he was the happiest man alive. “God has rolled away the reproach and I just want everyone to realise one thing. Those that love you in this world are far more than those that hate you. Many people consider hatred so much, but I say unto you, do not consider hatred. People do not want me to make noise, they say that is probably what caused me and my wife not to have children yet, is because we made noise on our wedding because but I say no. If I do not make noise now, when will I do so? Just look at the children, they came with total noise. I never allow my. As you are rejoicing with us, please continue to thank God on our behalf. That is the much you can do for us. Thank you for your love.”
Olayiwola, who vowed that his children would grow up to serve God, however said his immediate plan is to care for them grow up soundly, physically and spiritually. “I come from a poor background, and being educated has helped me in life, so their education will be priority and I will ensure they have the best possible. They will serve God, and I want them to be unique in society. I will inculcate in them qualities that are different from the worldly spirit of today.
“I picked Samuel and Olusegun because those two names have been working wonders for me. Jesus said in John 16: 33, that in this world there will be tribulation, but he has overcome the world. That works for me. Whenever I have a problem I declare this promise. God has won wars for me, that name has been working for so my child shall also be empowered even if there are wars ahead. I gave the others Ebunoluwa, Omotola and Oluwabunmi.”
His uncle, Pastor Samuel Akingbile of the C.A.C, Agege DCC, also recounted the travails of the couple in their search for the fruit of the womb. “His (Samuel’s) mother was my sister, the first born of our family. I brought them up and trained them. They were brought up in CAC, married in 1995; I was there, in Ibadan. When we came to Lagos and after the firsts few years, nothing happened, his mother called me and asked what we were going to do.
“Well I said there wasn’t anything we were going to do, but the will of God. At that time, he himself had been ordained a pastor, and in the church it is forbidden to leave his wife or marry another, all attempts were made to, I upheld him in prayer. Even now it is accepted that marriage without children is not biblical. Marriage is not just for children, but also companionship and if the children come in it is good. I made them realize God would always be God.”
Rev. Amos Kayode, of the Creative World Chapel, 5, Tajudeen Ajorin Street, Ikeja, is the bosom friend of Pastor Samuel Olayiwola, father of the quadruplets. In this interview, he tells of the couple’s challenge and how they overcame.
I was ready to give him one of my children
How long have you known them?
It’s quite long. It is like growing up together, we are not really quiet close at that time.
Did you know them even before they got married?
No, I will say we have not been very close at that time because at that time he went to University of Ibadan, UI, and I went to Abuja University.
Were you aware of their challenge?
Yes. I got married a year before him. Two of my children are already in the university. You know it has always been a pain on my heart. Anytime I come across them, I feel their pain. You know, he is my bosom friend even though we refer to ourselves as uncommon friends. He’s always been there for me and I have always been there for me. He is a very interesting, straightforward and honest person. A man of integrity. I did not come into the ministry from the scratch. I was already in the academic environment.
From left (standing) is Revd Amos Kayode, Uncle to the quadruplets’s father, Pastor Samuel Akingbile of CAC, Agege DCC; Mrs Victoria Olayiwola (quad mother) and Pastor Samuel Olayiwola (father) durin the naming ceremony at LUTH
I was lecturing in the university and he was directly in the ministry. Then, when we got to know ourselves very well, there were a lot of challenges. It is then I got to know he has this challenge. He loves my children to the point that you will not believe they are not his biological children. I have three children. When they heard about this, they were all shouting on him on the phone. They were very happy. He has been a wonderful person to me.
The first time I was to fly out on ministerial opportunity, though I have travelled out during my academic period, you will not believe he was the person that was supposed to go but he could not make and he said my friend you should go. He told me that I should just make myself available. And I was not having money then, but he told me that I will get money in Jesus name. Eventually I travelled out and I came back. I decided to tell him that we just have to make a move. Since that time there have been so much happenings.
So, when this one happened, though we’ve been together in it. We have been together finding solutions to the problem. When it now happened we were finding a way to fly her abroad. We consulted so many of my friends who were doctors who can help.
All through that time what was the problem?
Incidentally, there was no problem. The usual things you hear, is that you need some things and all that. You know, I am a scientist. Sometimes you have reasons why some things happen. They were married as virgins. There are people who can confirm it today. It is not as if something was wrong with them or somebody did something. I contacted some of my friends who were doctors in South Africa and we were able to secure a hospital where she could go abroad. But by the time the paper came out she was already due. The problem we have in Nigeria is facility problem. The moment I heard that this thing now happened, I said God you are awesome. I preached in his church last Sunday. I and his wife were very close. At a point, it became a reproach. He was shedding tears. When everyone abandoned him, I said no, a friend in need is a friend indeed. I was there for him. In fact, it got to a point that if he wanted me to give him one of my children, I would have done that. He is very open handed money wise. I believe you will know him more. You can never know that he has masters in economics from UI since 1989. He is a humble person.
Was there a time there was pressure to look for alternative?
For me, I didn’t feel that and I did not subscribe for that. For me, when I was about getting married, I told myself, as I pick this person, I have picked her for life and death. It depends on who dies first, but I said whether we have children or not, that should not put us asunder. In Africa, there is stigma when you don’t have but outside the world, you may decide not to have. As I am talking to you know, the only thing I was tempted to present to him was a statement accredited to one other friend who said, why don’t you tell you friend to adopt a child? And when he told me this I looked at it, then one other day, when we were now talking, I said to him, look at what this person said, that why don’t you adopt a child? And I said well, I am thinking about it.
He just looked at me
and said, God knows why and he knows that one day He will do something. Eventually, I didn’t subscribe to that. It takes two people to agree to that. I was considering the wife as well even then. I have no problem with him. I just named a baby a member of my church just adopted. She has been looking for a girl but has boys. I told her, why will she want to kill her self because a girl? So it is not a crime to adopt. Sure enough, there were times they have a little bit pressure. Sometimes, you know as men, there are times we have issues with our wives and they will say we are not caring even when we are caring. I will tell them to exercise patient. And I thank God that at the end of the day, it has come to pass.
But he made mention of something four years ago, he said to me friend God wants to give me children. He will start from four upwards. So it was not funny to me when it now happened that the scan said it was four.
And the parents of the wife are all abroad and that is why they wanted her to come over. They are covenant children.”
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HalleluJah, our God that makes impossible possible, please receive your glory
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As it was in Bible times when God allowed his servants such as Abraham and Zechariah to go childless for a long time of their lives, God is still doing same today. It is a test of the faith of his servants. When the captivity of the children of Israel was tuned around, they were like people dreaming. I want to believe when her menses did not flow and she was confirmed pregnant, she may have thought it was a dream. I thank God for this wonderful couple for their faith in God that did not make them succumb to suggestions that may have made them belittle God. The Bible says “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength……………”All who mocked at them are now forced to swallow their mockery four times at a go. Only the awesome God Jehovah that can do such things. To God be all the glory for this world shaking miracle He has done and hearty congratulations to the blessed couple.
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YES GOD ID GOD AND WOULD ALWAYS BE GOD HE IS A BIG GOD IN DEED I REJOICE WITH YOU.
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God is indeed a very great God.
If any man can trust God faithfully and wait on Him. Just like Abraham, Fod will bless him and cause laughter to reign among his congregation.
God is indeed faithful…
Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you… Amen
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Haleluia. To God be all the glory. I am very happy for the family, and wish them well.
QUINTUPLETS SURVIVE IN NIGERIAN HOSPITAL! – A GREAT FEAT FOR NIGERIA!-FROM THE NATION AND THE PUNCH NEWSPAPERSFebruary 11, 2012
‘I‘ve not only hung my boots, I have thrown them out’
By Okorie Uguru and Wale Adepoju 15/01/2012
The duo of Okorie Uguru and Wale Adepoju were at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba to witness an unusual send off.
The neo-natal ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos, is not used to conducting send off ceremonies for discharged infants born in the hospital.
However, last Thursday that tradition was broken. The reason? This is no ordinary time and such a time deserves special treat. The Shofunlayo quintuplet delivered in the hospital on December 16 last year are ready to go home hale and hearty.
As a prelude, five baby cots lined side by side, and the quintuplet were brought one after the other and placed inside the cots. They were cute in the cloth and caps on their heads.
Bundles of joy
All around, doctors, nurses and every one in LUTH engaged in one way or the other in nurturing the Shofunlayo quintuplet since they were born were beaming with smiles. One could understand. It was the first time that such high number of multiple births would be delivered in the hospital and all would survive. That was the reason the management board of the hospital gathered, not only to bid the children goodbye as they returned to their parents’ home, but also came with gifts for the children.
LUTH’s message for the proud parents Mr. Wale and Olayemi Shofunlayo was that the doors of the hospital was opened to the family whenever there was need for any check up without any protocol.
Although one could see in his disposition the façade of an expert who has seen it all, the eyes of Professor Godwin Olu Ajayi, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology still betrayed excitement and happiness. Ajayi and his assistants monitored and saw to the nurturing of the babies right from the womb and delivered them safely.
Ajayi, who is also President of Society of Perinatal Medicine of Nigeria (SOPMON), speaking about the quintuplet and their welfare said: “It is actually for me a very joyful moment that we have this type of delivery here. We, right from the beginning thought that it was four, but on the day of delivery, the Almighty God told us that he was wiser and better than all. The parents must have been budgeting for four but now they are five. I immediately I left the operation theatre, I had to call the husband and told him the number of children. And what was going on in my mind was that this is a blessed country yet, the government does nothing for us.”
According to him, in 2002 a similar case had to be referred abroad when around 20th week it was discovered the pregnant mother and father were AS (sickle cell carriers). Further tests showed that the expectant mother was also carrying a virus. The medical team was unsure whether the pathogens have the touched the placenta and done any harm. After several considerations the mother had to be sent to the United States of America where she eventually delivered in New York. After the delivery the Mayor of gave the children citizenship of the US and provided the parents with a house and nanny.
However, for the Shofunlayos, parents of the quintuplet, it has been a long journey that the hospital chapter has closed on a positive note. Last Tuesday was exactly six months, 184 days since the mother left her home and the hospital became her temporary abode. The couple is now looking forward to taking care of their children in the comfort of their home. Before the birth of the quintuplet, they had only a male child.
Looking to a bright future
While the husband is a little reticent on having another child, Mrs. Shofunlayo was categorical: “I have not only hung my boots, I have thrown them out of the window.”
To Mr. Shofunlayo the prospect of catering for these children does weigh him down: “I am really very happy for what God has done for me. I ought to have had more than one child before now, but it was not possible so God decided to compensate me for the delay by giving me a quintuplet. I am very sure he will give me the wherewithal to take of them. I am just so happy.”
He added: “I have taken it as a responsibility. Even before now if I had been spending too much in other areas, I have put a break so that I would be able to meet up with my responsibility and also put more efforts in my job.” He does not however rule out receiving any assistance if offered especially from the state or federal government.
Talking about his experience, he said: “We always go together, even coming to LUTH I brought her. I was happy. The issue of children for us had been delayed. So, if God wants to compensate me for that, why not. At a point to ease herself was a Herculean task, I had to assist. It was not easy at all. At a time she had bed sore because of lying for a long time in one place. I felt so much pity for her. Most of the times, I had to help her by massaging her stomach.”
Shofunlayo is disappointed that all the tiers of government had not deemed it fit to identify with his family and LUTH on the medical success recorded. He said: “I expected to see representatives of both the federal and state governments come to identify with us. We all know that this thing that happened is not a thing that happens every day and it certainly will go down in the records. This is a federal hospital and I am sure the Minister of Health is aware of this breakthrough. We are not asking him to give us anything, but he could through the Medical Director of the hospital communicate with us. There is no acknowledgement that such a thing happened.“
Professor Edna Iroha, a professor of Paediatrics, who spoke on the success the hospital has recorded with the quintuplet said: “The birth of the children is special. The normal thing is usually one two, three, but when it goes beyond that, I mean it is something big and special in a way. I tell you what you haven’t asked. There is a certain amount of weight that the uterus can’t carry beyond that, the baby must come out; about three kilogram, a little over four. But in this case, five of them and none weighed less than one kg.
“We are talking about six kg or more. How she managed for that length of time, it is a miracle. You would have thought that that the five of them by the time the total weight is approaching four kg, she would pour them but surprisingly they stayed on and you can relate survival to weight. The bigger you are in terms of weight, the more likely their survival and in terms of gestational age, the longer they stayed there, the higher their weight all things being equal, the mother is feeding well, the placenta is able to deliver that nutrient from the mother to the womb.”
On whether the mother being at her prime, contributed to the success of the birth Iroha said: “It has some contributions. The earlier in life you have your babies, the better the chances of those babies surviving both in terms of gestation, the size and then the absence of abnormality. So, the age of the mother contributes a lot.”
The babies have been in incubators since they were born. However, two of them are now big enough to be weaned off the incubator and their temperature outside it is stable.
Iroha has advice for potential mothers faced with such multiple conception. According to her “ One thing that I will say, looking at this mother, is that she got to the hospital, she had bed rest and she delivered in the hospital unlike the ones they have transferred to us in the past, babies born in another hospital and then transferring that to the specialist institutions and by that time they would have lost some time. These babies would have gone very cold, their respiratory problems would have worsened but these ones came out and they were handed over to us, next to the incubators. It was just a matter of seconds and minutes. So, I think that contributed. So, if anybody is going to have a premature delivery, whether one or five, it is better done in a facility or in an institution where the facilities and experts are available”
For LUTH and the Shofunlayo family, it is an idyllic story that ends well.
from punch newspaper(nigeria)
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We spend N.4m monthly to feed our quintuplets – Mother
January 25, 2012 by Motunrayo Aboderin
Mr and Mrs Shofunlayo with their quintuplets
MOTUNRAYO ABODERIN spent a day at the Ijede home of Mrs. Olayemi Shofunlayo, the 30-year-old woman who gave birth to quintuplets last month and in this report she highlights the challenges the family has been facing nursing the five children.
The journey to the Number 35, Peace Avenue, Unity Estate, Ijede, Ikorodu home of Mr. and Mrs. Olayemi Shofunlayo last week Tuesday was eventful. Though the road was dusty and bumpy, the serenity of the area bears testimony to the peace that reigns in the estate. Residents were hospitable as most of them gladly directed our correspondent who was visiting the area for the first time to the house. The house itself bears testimony to the fact that the family is just like an average Nigerian family hustling to survive. Sparsely furnished, the three-bedroom house located on a plot of land is devoid of the conveniences that one would see in opulent environment such as Lekki and Victoria Island. But the occupiers are living in peace.
The mother of five warmly welcomed our correspondent to the house. Mrs. Shofunlayo, who appeared weak and sleepy, introduced our correspondent to some of her relations who had come to help her nurse her five children. After the introduction, the woman narrated the challenges she and her husband, Wale, a self-employed lawyer had been going through nursing their five new born babies. Though the interview was intermittently disrupted by the babies’ cry for attention, Shofunlayo revealed a story that was woven in pains and pleasure.
“Nursing a baby is challenging how much more nurturing five children at the same time, my sister it is not easy but I’m not complaining because it is a good stress,” the woman, who was delivered of the quintuplets on December 16 last year, opened up
THE PUNCH had reported the delivery of the five babies, which occurred on Friday, December 16, 2010. It was Mrs. Shofunlayo’s second delivery and also the first quintuplets recorded at LUTH.
The quintuplets were successfully delivered through caesarian operations. They are now at the family home located at Ijede, Ikorodu.
However the shock of starting with a set of quintuplets and the demands of nurturing them has yet to strain the joy of the new mother.
Asked how much she spent in a month on her babies, Shofunlayo said her family spent nothing less than N.4m. She added that this could increase as the fuel price hike had affected the prices of all consumables and baby products.
She said, “While I was on bed rest, I bought some baby things which cost about N380,000. That was in December before the Federal Government increased the price of petrol. Most of those things will finish at the end of this month. That means I have to go to the market again and with more money. It’s costing my husband so much, but it is worth the investment. These are my babies and they deserve the best.”
Breastfeeding the babies is another challenge for the new mother of five. However, in spite of the strain that this would impact on her, Shofunlayo maintained that she would endure the hardship for the sake of her children.
She said, “I have to struggle to feed the five babies one after the other until they fall asleep. I spend all the day breastfeeding them. When I’m feeding one, that’s when another wakes, and another. The first day after I was discharged was very challenging; I could not sleep throughout the day till the next morning. My eyes were so heavy. I was tired.
“I later devised a means to make life easy for myself. While the babies are asleep, fill their bottles with breast milk, and then mix it with baby formula. So far, things have been going well. But breastfeeding is just a fraction of what a baby needs. At that tender age, they cry for attention.”
But Shofunlayo said that her mother, mother-in-law and sister had been providing the needed assistance. “I thank God for my family. They have been by my side. I can’t imagine going through this journey alone. But I still hope to hire house helps later,” she said.
However, if breastfeeding the babies is difficult, raising money for their daily upkeep is tasking. The mother is presently jobless while the husband, Wale, is a self-employed lawyer. But according to the woman, the family is coping by the grace of God
Recalling the years she was still trusting God for a child, Shofunlayo said that they were years of pain. “Yes, they were years of pain but I thank God for He has wiped off her tears and that is why I described the present stress I’m passing through as a good stress,” she said.
However, Shofunlayo said that she was not pleased with the response of the Lagos and Federal Government, noting that nobody had visited the babies from the two sides.
She added, “No representative from the Lagos State Government visited me at the hospital. It is not right. I’m sure they heard but chose to ignore us. I’m not asking them for money, they would have at least paid a courtesy visit. If this had happened in some other states, I’m sure government officials would have come to check on the welfare of the babies.”
But in spite of the state government’s silence, Shofunlayo said that so many well wishers including non-governmental organisations, private companies had been strong pillars of support for the babies.
She said, “I have also been getting calls from people asking me to send the account numbers of my babies. People have been of great support. I thank God. He has not left me stranded.”
Speaking on the welfare of her babies, Shofunlayo said that they were all in a stable condition.
“The last boy is so fair like me, and the other girls look like their dad. They took the shape of his face,” she added.
She said that the birth of her quintuplets had brought an unexpected publicity to her family, one she would never have envisioned. “When the first media house visited me at the hospital, I thought that was going to be the end, but it did not stop. Even Cable News Network and CNTV, a Chinese Television station paid me a visit. I was baffled.”
On the popular Ogunsanya quadruplets, who just bagged Master’s degree from the same university in the United Kingdom, Shofunlayo congratulated them and their parents. She said they must have spent fortunes before the quadruplets could attain that academic heights
“I just had my babies for less than two months, and I know that we have spent lots of money. So now, hearing about the story of the parents who trained four children up to Master’s level is mind-blowing. You can’t begin to imagine the amount of money those parents would have spent on those children. I salute the parents. Train a child up to secondary school level is no joke; talk less of Master’s level.
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