My name is Oso Ibukun and I am one of four children of my parents. I lost my mother when I was two years old; since then, my father has borne the responsibility of looking after my siblings.
I've had an eye defect since I was three years old, over 14 years now. What started off as a discomfort in my eye has deteriorated into an unsightly bulge that I can’t see from. It has led to many unfortunate events in my life, for example when I was in JSS 3, I was kicked out of school and I have been unable to go back to school to continue my studies.
My father is all I know; I lost my mother at a young age so really all I can remember is my father doing all he could to ensure we were always looked after. He was both mother and father to us. I know it hurts him greatly that at the start my eye problem wasn’t considered serious, no one expected it would ever get so bad.
I have seen my father's struggles and pain in trying to make sure all his children are okay, running from hospital to hospital to try and figure out how to fix my eyes; it’s demoralizing knowing I can’t support more due to my eye condition. Right now, my future and dreams are tied to this eye surgery. I am tired of sitting at home and doing nothing, but I am also hopeful that I will one day give back to my father even more than he has given to me.
“I have seen my father's struggles and pain in trying to make sure all his children are okay, running from hospital to hospital to try and figure out how to fix my eyes; it’s demoralizing knowing I can't support more due to my eye condition."