Having lost her husband several years ago, Mrs. Igbokwe was left to care for her son all by herself. Things became more difficult for her and together with her son, Kelly, she had to relocate to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, from Lagos in search of greener pastures, believing that her clothing and outdoor catering business would receive a boost.
On arrival at the FCT, and with the help of a friend, Mrs. Igbokwe rented a room with shared facilities along the airport road. As terrible as the living condition was, she couldn’t complain, as that was all she could afford for herself and her son. Though she worked hard, she wasn’t able to save enough money to get a decent place as the high cost of living in the FCT played a major role.
In March 2006, Mrs. Igbokwe’s world came crashing when the place where she laid her head was demolished by the authorities who wanted to restore sanity in the satellite towns around the FCT by getting rid of the slums and shanties that were fast springing up.
With nowhere to run and having no one to talk to regarding her accommodation predicament, she began to approach as many people who came her way, all to no avail. Luck seemed to smile on her when a friend of hers invited her to come and share her place, a single room in a ‘compound’ where everyone had to share facilities.
Though her friend already had 3 women and 2 children sharing the room, Mrs. Igbokwe had no choice as she desperately needed a place to lay her head. The space was very crowded and her son had to seek refuge under the bridge.
Things took a turn for the worse when she fell ill; she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to undergo medical treatment. Upon recovery, her roommates no longer felt comfortable with her in the same room and she became an outcast.
Living conditions became hell for Mrs. Igbokwe and her son. After months of hardship and discrimination, one daylight came with good news when a mechanic who worked close to where she lived gave her the Fuller “7 Step Flyer of How to Own Your Own Home” and asked her to make enquiries. To her greatest joy, she got in touch with the Fuller office and got a house. “I had to pull every savings I had to make the initial deposit, and it has been worth it,” she said.
She had this to say about Fuller and her new home: “My greatest joy is that my son no longer has to sleep under the bridge or look for where to pass the night anymore. We have found peace, and caring neighbours. I am grateful to God and Fuller Center that we have a place we can all stay together as a family, and this place is our home, our own home.”