Nigerian screen goddess Annie Idibia has recounted what she went through as a girl child who struggled for survival in a video collage shared on her official Instagram page.
Annie, the wife of singer 2Face Idibia, revealed she had a rough childhood, but said she is now a strong woman, eulogising herself in the lengthy note she wrote on Instagram.
She narrated that when she was in Senior Secondary School One (SS1), she did not know what it meant to be on break time like other students because she was always busy running market errands for her mother.
Annie added that despite these challenges, she was an excellent student of mathematics and physics. To conclude her note, she appreciated herself for not giving up.
Annie wrote; “Looking at the beautiful young Annie in these pictures is lovely. I am so proud of you. I want to give you a big, warm hug. You have been through all sorts of hell from a very young age, with so many responsibilities from so young. That girl never gave up (never will still).”
“From SS 1, she never knew what it felt like to go on ‘break time’ like other kids in school because that was when she sneaks out of school to rush to the market (the very old gateman, he was definitely in his 50s, became her friend), to buy her mother’s pepper soup ingredients that she would have to cook after school and sell in front of their Boys Quarters in Mobil, VI.
“She will wait till her single mother gets off work by 7 pm to take over from her (mom was a cook) those hours before 7 pm were the longest ever because she would have only a few hours left to study and do her homework before bedtime.”
“Yet she always had a bright smile while serving their customers. She was so good at mathematics and physics. If you had ever met her. She always had a big bright smile to give with dreams way bigger than her (so I thought). The universe always had a way of constantly blessing her. She had so much love inside, so much love to give. Love so deep and unconditional.”
“I want to thank me for never giving up on me. For all the NOs I did not allow to discourage me and lose focus. I want to thank me for being so aggressive with my dreams and what I wanted. I want to thank me. I want to hug you, young Annie.
“Girl, you have come a long way. and you have done well (aspiring to do better and wiser). Adulthood is still the hardest. The saying, ‘whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,’ is the true interpretation of the life of this girl; now a strong woman! I have not even started, just only scratching the surface now.”