The Pains Of A Mistreated Child – Real Life Narrative


I am a Nigerian girl. I was abandoned by my mother at the age of seven months (sic), and left with my father and stepmother.

Tapiwa Zuze

My stepmother was so mean. I endured all kinds of mistreatments under her custody. Sometimes I would go hungry for days without any recourse. She was adamant to starve to death! On one occasion, I was very hungry that I had to eat our dog’s leftover meals. Our neighbour’s son saw me eating the dogs’ leftovers (Eba and Egusi) and told his mother. The mother later invited me to their house that evening and asked me if what her son had narrated was really true. I was so terrified that I begged her not to tell my stepmother, because she would beat me to death. To my stepmother, I was meant to throw away the leftovers not eat it!

The woman wept and promised to give me food every day without my stepmother’s knowledge and consent. She kept that promise until we left that compound.

My stepmother was fond of flogging me mercilessly until I would sometimes faint. When that happens, she would apply hot pepper in my private parts, eyes, armpits and the neck. She would then tie me up with a rope, abandon me in one of the toilets. Despite all these hurtful experiences, I remained bright academically and was loved by God and other people.

I knew, within myself, that the only way to escape this horror movie was to achieve educational success. I never joked with my schooling.

Because of what I went through, I have every right to be hateful, bitter, jealous, arrogant, sad, negative and toxic but still I choose not to.

Originally posted by: Uchenna Ezugha‎ in We Love You Bamenda

Adopted and edited by:

Tapiwa Zuze –

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