Mother Celebrates Son Who Survived Autism
“I Prayed for Him to Die… Now I Want Him Alive” –
This is the true life story of Nneka Anyachebelu and her son, Chibuike. She shared the inspiring story of how her son, Chibuike Anyachebelu who developed symptoms for Autism at age 2 was miraculously healed of the disorder and now back to his normal self.
Don’t give up on anyone, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. She shared the story on Facebook on June 23rd when Chibuike turned 18. Read their touching story below:
I PRAYED FOR HIM TO DIE
Don’t judge me, wait until you hear me out.
He was a healthy awesome child when I had him but by age 2 we noticed there was something wrong. There was no eye contact, he could not talk, didn’t understand instructions, and so many other bad vibes.
That was when my nightmare started. I ran from pillar to post seeking solution. In some places they said he was partially deaf at others they said it was Autism. Up until then I never heard the word Autism. The information I got about it was frightening and I saw those signs clearly in my son.
My life stood still.
No school would take him in as he couldn’t settle. Finally and luckily an Indian lady with a nursery school took him in, but my heart broke the Day I went to pick him up from school and asked her politely how he was doing. Her response was ‘I don’t know what to do with him. I’m just a teacher not a psychiatrist’. I cried all the way home.
Thoughts bombarded my mind. Worst of all there was no answer to the tormenting thoughts.
An only son, Autism, was it generational? Or the devil? No answer!
Up until then I was having a swell time living my life to the fullest.. But with this dilemma I crawled to God .I attended every Christian gathering, crusade, vigils; just name it.
I prayed; prayed , cried, fasted , sowed seeds but nothing happened. The years went by and it seemingly got worst.
People were beginning to notice there was a problem I couldn’t hide it any more. (By the way, don’t try hiding your shame if God doesn’t hide it you can’t hide it)
My husband was tired. My mother who was perpetually encouraging me was tired, I was tired, exhausted and tired of casting, binding, fighting and ‘faith-ing’, so I prayed for Him to die so I could move on with my life. (I wanted a short cut)
He didn’t die instead he grew. Seeing God wasn’t ready to take him I went back to God again in prayer, I repented and continued from where I stopped .Running from pillar to post, church to church.
At one church I was told to go on one week dry fast with consistent midnight prayers. At midnight when I came down to pray I was usually afraid. One night as I came down for the prayer routine, I heard a voice say to me how can you be praying and afraid. You are afraid because you do not know the God you are praying to.
At that point I packed up and went on a quest to know this GOD!
I stayed alone for 2 weeks with only one prayer point – God if you are real let me know you. I spent more time within those weeks studying the Word of God , and through the pages of the Bible I came to know this GOD.
After that 2 weeks of word immersion I had peace like I never had since the ordeal started. The burden for my son to speak or get normal left me. I was just at peace with God and the World.
About 3 weeks later we traveled to England on Holiday. We were in a shop on Oxford street when my son that had never spoken came to me tapped me and asked me a question.
His first words to me were ‘Where is Kamsy?’ He was asking for His older sister.
That was how my son started talking.
One thing led to another; he started doing things he couldn’t do and like magic caught up with his age mates.
It was like Magic! No! A Miracle!
Today I celebrate God as He turns 18. There is nothing we don’t talk about now. From His school work to the girls that likes him and the ones he likes, lol..
Sometimes I even scold him that he talks too much, correcting him that as a gentleman he shouldn’t talk much. How we so quickly forget…smh…
I can’t thank God enough for him.
Through my trial with him, I was reconnected back to God, I found my purpose in Life, and my ministry was birthed – Family Word Centre. (That is another story for another Day)
I encourage you today in your own trial to fight on. No short cut. God has not disappeared, take your eyes off your problem (if you can). Seek Him and He will do the needful plus much more.
I’m still praying… During my prayers today.
I PRAYED FOR HIM TO LIVE AND SHOW FORTH THE GLORY OF GOD.
Senator Adeyemi fetes constituents at Easter
Senator Adeyemi fetes constituents at Easter
By Janet Samuel
The Senator representing Kogi West at the senate, Smart Adeyemi at the weekend celebrated the season with his constituents at his country home in Iyara, Ijumu LGA of Kogi State.
This was contained in press statement that wad signed and issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser on media
Adeleye Oluwafemi Godwin.
The statement indicated that Easter season is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which symbolises hope over despair.
In that light, the program began since Saturday 3rd of April, 2021, with distribution of 700 bursary forms to student leaders of Kogi west from different higher institutions of learning.
“It continued on Sunday 4th April, 2021 being Easter day with interaction with APC Women Leaders, Youth Leaders, Stakeholders, Women, interest groups, opinion leaders and elders across the Senatorial District.”
The statemend explained further that the Senator distributed rice and cash gifts to his people.
“Indeed the Senator’s visit was characterized with a carnival like festive activities.
“He took out time to explain to his constituents on the progress made so far since he was elected.”
Adeyemi the statement sadi, acknowledged some of the constraints he is facing in the course of his legislative assignment and constituency obligations.
The Senator appreciated his constituents for their unwavering support for His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello and himself, and further enjoined them not to relent in so doing.
He described the Governor as a fair leader who means well for his people, assuring them that as their representative, he will strive hard towards meeting their yearnings and expectations.
The people in their various responses, commended the unique and qualitative representation by Senator Smart Adeyemi and his passion towards seeing the progress and development of his people.
There was a grand reception at the Senator’s residence and discussions with his constituents, party chieftains regarding the upliftment, progress and development of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Kogi State and Nigeria at large.
In attendance at his homecoming was the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr( Mrs) Folashade Arike and many others.
AS JERUSALEMA SWEEPS THE WORLD
AS JERUSALEMA SWEEPS THE WORLD
How One African Act Broke Cultural and Racial Barriers in Unimaginable Ways .
By Frank Tietie
Can anything good come from Africa? Yes! Everything good, especially good music.
Master KG’s Jerusalema is presently the biggest trending music all over the world at the moment. In Europe, the hit track has reached top of the charts in Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Spain and France. The hit track also swept the cultural landscape in Latin America, North America, the Orients, the Carribbean, including the countries of Nicaragua, Panama, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, the United States and South Africa where it has its origins.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Jerusalema hit track is the accompanying world challenge which has inspired hundreds of videos on YouTube by a large number of groups and individuals from all walks of life including doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, school children, old people, celebrities, monks, nuns, Startrek fans, construction workers etc. A must watch, include the ones by a South African law firm and some Swedish hospital workers.
Amazingly, many international corporate organisations have also used the soundtrack for their adverts. The advert of the Austrian Airlines stands out. The airline featured the hit track in its latest promotion with a marvelous synchronicity of its pilots and air hostesses, in a spectacular choreography. The royalties to Master KG from the use of his sound track in those international adverts can only be left to the imagination. The YouTube views are in staggering millions.
Master KG is from South Africa. Recently, Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President, in a national broadcast, encouraged South Africans not to be downcast in the midst of the ravaging Corona virus pandemic. With pride and a hushed smile on national television, the South African President urged his fellow South Africans to embrace a new wave of hope that comes from reflecting and dancing to the Jerusalema song, being the latest African sensation from South Africa to the whole world.
Scanning through scores of videos of the Jerusalema challenge, performed by people of all races and colours, from every continent of the world, it is easy to note how powerful the art form of music can break racial barriers. Nothing from Africa has been so widely embraced by the rest of the world in recent times.
Apart from an embarrassing handful and the association of Burna Boy with its remix, Nigerian acts are largely missing in the Jerusalema challenge. Nigerians are presently too battered by storms of economic instability, intractable insecurity and political upheavals to join the Jerusalema challenge with their usual gusto and abundance of talent.
The Nigerian government must realise the powerful role and influence of the various art forms, especially music, in uplifting the morale of a nation during times of national crises. The Nigerian presidency must move quickly to identify with star Nigerian acts like Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Whizkid, Olamide, Phyno, Teni, Flavour, and a host of others, to galvanise a very badly needed hope among the Nigerian people.
As Master KG’s Jerusalema, is presently celebrated all over the world, let it be considered that Gongo Aso by Nice of Nigeria also had the same heavy and highly rhythmic beats as Jerusalema but it didn’t make the world wave as the latter. There must certainly, be something of a distinction between the two hits.
Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer, Media Aficionado, Collector of Music of the 60s, 70s 80s & 90s and Founder of Lifetime Music NG, writes from Abuja
International Artist Urges youths to be forthright
International Artist Urges youths to be forthright
Nigerian born music artist, Attih Ekpenyong popularly known as Attih Soul, who is currently based in Barcelona, Spain has urged youths to be hardworking and to shun all forms of social vices.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen recently in Abuja, Attih said, Music and the entertainment industry is capable of creating millions of jobs to engage the youths meaningfully.
He appealed to governments at all levels to support the entertainment and music industry by creating a conducive and enabling environment for the industry to thrive for more successes.
Attih indicated that in 2012, he developed the passion for music, when he debuted and participated in various singing competitions, like Voice of Cross River, Nigerian idol, among others.
Over the years, he said he gathered more experience from performing at various live events and in 2017, he traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa for his first international concert.
“After that I was called upon to write and perform the theme for Nigeria’s Democracy Day on May 29th, 2017.
He said the event which was held at the Presidential Villa gave him the privilege of being honored to performed before the President of Nigeria, his entire cabinet, and dignitaries from all over the world.
Attih Soul put together in 2018, a team of musicians (The A-Team) and performed at the ”World Music Day” music festival at the ”French Institute” in Nigeria.
”Attih Soul and the A-Team” were the obvious Crowd favorites and were voted the ”Best Performing Group” of the Festival, still in 2018, ”Attih Soul and The ‘A-Team’ were again invited to co-headline a concert at the French Institute with French Band ”Soft Machines”. Attih Soul has performed on the same stages as famous Nigerian artists such as ”Davido, Falz, Teni, Jesse Jags, Timi Dakolo, Styl Plus” and many more. He has so far had a promising music career.
Attih Soul moved to Barcelona, Spain in October 2019, to further pursue his musical career. He has since been reported to have performed at a lot of concerts, both as a solo artist and with his band: “The Blues Gamblers”, where he was the Lead Singer. Attih Soul has fast become a household name in Barcelona. In May 2020, Attih Soul registered for the International music festival: “Road to Yalta” and was among the final participants selected from all around the world.
In September 2020, Attih Soul performed at the finals of the Road to Yalta Music Festival, which was held in Yalta, Russia. His outstanding performance made him a fan favorite and caught the attention of Russian Music Legend, Lev Leshchenko, who gifted Attih Soul a Gold plated microphone, awards of recognition, and cash rewards. Currently, Attih Soul is reported to be working on his first studio album, which he has promised would be phenomenal.
Attih Soul was born on the 13th of February, in the city of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He attended Federal Government College Ikom, Cross River State, Nigeria. Upon completing secondary school, he enrolled in the University of Calabar, where he obtained a Bachelors’s degree in biochemistry. He always loved to sing from childhood and often listened to the likes of Mariah Carey, Boyz 2 Men, KC & Jojo, Celine Dion amongst others.
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