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Blog Posted:9/10/2018 11:50:00 AM

 

 Life is different in Africa.

How can I tell you this... I think I will start by letting Peter tell you his story, in his own words.

 

"My name is Peter Abounu Onyilo. I am known on Poetrysoup as Charles Melody Lightning Ink as a nickname because I am both a singer and poet. I am also a plumber and artist. I am not very educated but I studied for many years under the white missionaries who came to our village. I was living happily in my rural area in Jos, the Plateau State in Nigeria. Doing my plumbing and living happily, though the State of Plateau has been in a religious crisis between the Muslims and the Christians. Politicians and Boko Haram Jihadist terrorist groups are also unleashing terror and mayhem.

The terrorist were bombing and killing n Borno Maiduguri, Adamawa Yola, Plateau Jos, Niger, Kano, and so many other Nigerian states. However, it had not reached our community, so we were living at ease. As soon as the summer of 2015 clocked in, the government changed hands and a new government sat on the throne. In the blink of an eye a new kind of gunmen terrorist, marauding beasts, or what have you, called Fulani Herdsmen, surfaced and increased the killings. That was the beginning of our sorrows. The killings went rampant mostly in Benue, Plateau, Zanfara, and Maiduguri. Our village was raided one fateful, bloody morning and 215 people were killed, mostly women and children. Our house was burnt, and my younger and elder brother were killed as we were fighting to defend our families. We had no place after the resettlement so we dwelt in uncompleted buildings. Before the invasion of the terrorists in our compounds we had a small room, and two-room building, separately built with outside latrine. We also had three beautiful huts in the middle of our brownish and greenish bamboo fenced compound.

Now there are exactly 7 children in my custody. Three of my elder brother's children, and two of my younger brother's children. Also, two of my wife's younger sisters plus myself and my wife, making 9 people. There was no one else to take my brother's children so they became orphans, and my wife's younger sisters were affected by the genocide in their village, so they were brought in. That is how I became obligated to be the new father of seven children. There are four girls and three boys. The eldest is 14 and the youngest is two. I am 36 years old and my wife, Onyeche, is 23 years old.

The constant fightings, killings and incessant bombings changed everything. The economy got deflated and hunger captured the town The plumbing trade was badly affected because people stopped building. There were no more jobs, so I started breaking concrete stone with a big sledgehammer for rich people, earning only a few cents a day, in order to put food in the mouths of my people (family). 

As God would have it, I encountered my longtime friend on Poetrysoup, Catherine Lindsey. I explained the problems, and ordeals to her, how we were barely able to survive, with sicknesses and none of the children being able to go to school. She offered me the highest kind gestures on earth by supporting and helping me financially, inspirationally, motivating and educationally. She educated me on how to have hope and how to bake bakery items such as bread, cakes, pizza, sandwiches, etc, plus also different kinds of beverages. I came up with the idea of constructing an outdoor oven and Mama Catie inspired me to bake and sell the items to people in my village. My village people were all happy and especially adored the sweet aroma of the bakery. People were patronizing my bread business, the miners were my best customers for they said eating my bread took away their constant hunger. Suddenly, as my bakery business started growing and gaining popularity and patronage the authorities came and said I must stop baking or get a permit and business license or get imprisoned. 

When I started baking the bread I got up at 3 in the morning to bake 14 to 16 loaves of bread to sell each day. My village bakery is held in high regard by the village natives. They line up to pay 35 cents for a large loaf and about 20 cents for a smaller loaf. I have named my bakery Praise God Delicious Loaf. The business is so beautifully lucrative and very liable to bring me and my family out of poverty, for I earned 4 to 6 dollars in one week."

And there you have it, in Peter's own words. He needs $250.00 to get the permit, license and inspection upgrades which will enable him to continue his bakery. BTW ~ he has never once asked me for anything. When he told me how they dwelt in a half-built hut, in the rainy season, I was simply moved by the Holy Spirit to help as much as I can. And all this trouble from the authorities came at a time when he has just contracted with the miners to buy 20 loaves of bread each day at .42 cents a loaf. That's $8.40 a day. Neither Peter, nor myself, thought that a license might be required for a small village bakery. But...we were wrong. But there are things that Peter did not mention, such as his wife, Onyeche, is ready to deliver their only living child. We are simply waiting for her water to break, at which time Peter will put her on their donkey, named Ginger, and rush her to the hospital. Might I mention the doctors in Africa seems to be lunatics. They told Onyeche that the baby grows skin in the last two weeks of pregnancy. (and it gets worse from there.) Another thing that Peter did not mention is that he is a Christian Minister and does travel around to far villages to preach the word of God. Again, Ginger is his means of transportation. They are building a Christian church in his village, and only need to finish the roof, put in a door and windows.

This is no scam. Please do not insult them. He is a man of integrity, and he has a wonderful wife. These people are real, and you can see this young man is trying his best to provide for his family. If you have been moved by his story and might desire in some way to be of help, it only cost ten dollars to send up to $150.00 to Nigeria. So if you can only help by sending ten dollars, remember this young man was thrilled to have earned 4 to 6 dollars in a week. Please contact him or myself by soupmail, and either of us will provide the needed information to send a donation if it is in your heart to do so. I tried to load current family photos but was unable too. Also I could not load the pictures of the oven (now two) that he built himself, or the pictures of his finished packaged bread. But if you are friends with him on Facebook you can use messenger to speak with him and he will send you the photos. If you contact me on messenger, I can also share the photos with you. If you choose to contact t him through Soupmail, please be patient in waiting for a response, there are electricity issues, and difficulty using links on the website. But he WILL get back to you, so please be patient.

 

 

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Date: 9/17/2018 3:56:00 PM
We have reached our goal. Thank you so much, Soupers, for your heart warming donations. I have just told Onyeche and Peter the good news, and they are weeping tears of gratitude. I am leaving this blog up because we all know how difficult it can be to get back on our feet, and even harder in Africa. So if you are interested in helping this family directly, please feel free to Soupmail me. Thank you all. Love and hugs, Catie :-)
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Date: 9/12/2018 11:54:00 AM
Thank you all so much. Only 30 more dollars is needed. Thank you! Thank you! :-)
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Date: 9/12/2018 7:41:00 AM
please... life is truly hard in Africa...LIFE IS TRULY DIFFICULT IN NIGERIA..
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Catie Lindsey
Date: 9/12/2018 10:06:00 AM
Only 50 more dollars is needed. Thank God, Peter! Thank God. And Thank you to all who have donated!
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Date: 9/12/2018 8:47:00 AM
So far, two people have pledged to donate, and you are almost half way there. :-)
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Date: 9/12/2018 8:42:00 AM
:-) :-). :-)
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Charles Melody Lightning Ink
Date: 9/12/2018 8:40:00 AM
OK, MA... i believe too
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Catie Lindsey
Date: 9/12/2018 7:43:00 AM
Please, hang in there, Peter. I believe God will stir the hearts of some people and move them to help. I do believe that with all my heart. Love and hugs, Catie :-)
Date: 9/12/2018 7:36:00 AM
please, this is so real, our plights are overwhelming us, our fears increase daily, our tears are becoming an ocean, are we too not of the earth?? i am optimistic we are. please, if we are helped.. we will never forget your kind gestures even in a haste. please come to our aid for we are really suffering. If we are helped we will pay the license money and start our bakery again. i am full of hope that one day my bakery will not only help my family and community but also the orphans, motherless, fatherless and all those who are in need and pain and poverty like the way i am today. please, take pity and help us out... we are dying yet hopeful.
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Date: 9/12/2018 8:41:00 AM
And this is very interesting because Peter's bread is easing the hunger of many. Truly. A whole community. And he does have a dream of employing orphans and widows.
Date: 9/10/2018 2:40:00 PM
How did this bread thing come about? Well it is easy. Peter touched my heart when he told me that he had only tasted bread once in his life. His wife, Onyeche, had only tasted cake twice. Initially I directed them in baking over an open campfire. Everyone in their village cooks over a campfire. Peter took it upon himself to figure out how an oven works, from the campfire directions I gave him, and he built one himself. Then he built a second.
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Catie Lindsey
Date: 9/10/2018 4:50:00 PM
If you might be thinking that they will never approve an outdoor cooking facility, then I can tell you, they do it often ...
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Catie Lindsey
Date: 9/10/2018 2:45:00 PM
Life in Africa IS different from our own lives of comfort. All nine people live in a one room apt which is only 9 feet by 9 feet. They have nothing we take for granted, no kitchen stove, no refrigerator, certainly no microwave. No sofa or chairs, no bed to rest on. How do they do it? They praise God, and are grateful for their lives. ..

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