Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa came back to national consciousness when she put to bed a set of triplets last month. Due to her age and alleged secrecy surrounding the birth of the triplets and her whereabouts at the time, speculation became rife that she didn’t actually put to bed the babies by herself but had adopted them.
To put the mind of doubting Thomases at ease, the police officer made a photo of her cradling the triplets in her arm available to the general public. Apparently not satisfied, she has granted an interview to Sunday Express where she narrated the miracle of the birth of her bundles of joy. Excerpts below:
“I was married for many years and when the child was not forthcoming, I was worried all the time, because I know that if you don’t have a child, your marriage will not be that strong. In Igboland there’s a saying that, ‘a woman that does not have a child, her seat is kept outside.’ That was bothering me, though as a believer I wasn’t that desperate over it.
“I wouldn’t have a devilish child. I strongly believed in God that at His appointed time, it will come because I know he never fails. I did not ever entertain the thought that I could be barren. As a pastor, my husband was always consoling me, telling me to leave everything to God. In my mind I said ‘I hear. Tomorrow you will go and marry another person, thank you very much!’
“When I was pregnant I asked God for so many things; the number one thing was that if this should become a reality, I promised God I will return the children to Him and I will give a giant offering. To God be the Glory, it came to pass. My babies are two boys and a girl; Joshua, Caleb and Rose.”