We have just received news that popular health advocate, Blessing Timidi-Digha has lost her two kids, Itunu and Damilare in a fire outbreak.
According to sources close to the Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) for adolescent girls advocate, Blessing lost two of her kids to fire in a day. A Fire Response team that was to respond to the fire allegedly said there was no water.
Read below tweets shared by two Twitter users, Okafor Ikechukwu & Princess Ife:
In 2005, Blessing Timidi-Digha started the African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative (AGCDSI) after she got pregnant at 17 and almost committed suicide on two occasions.
At 17, Blessing Timidi-Digha was pregnant, single, and overcome with shame. Because Nigeria remains largely conservative and religious; sex is hardly discussed, and sex education is absent from many homes and schools, she quickly became the subject of finger-pointing.
According to a report on the advocate, it was the lowest ebb of her life, and even led her to two suicide attempts. But with her parents’ support, she gave birth and returned to school.
Her experience made Blessing realize the dearth of available information on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in Nigeria. So AGCDSI was born.
May God give her and her family the fortitude to bear this loss.