LIL Magazine July 2022

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WhenEbunwasnewl ymar r i ed,shemovedwi t hherhusbandt oher br ot her i nl aw' shome.Herhusbandwasast r uggl i ngar t i standwoul d of t ent r avelar oundNi ger i at r yi ngt osel lhi sar t .Hi st echni quei nvol ved goi ngt oNi ger i ancoalmi nesandcol l ect i ngmat er i alt ousef orhi swor k. Hi sbr ot herwasal soanar t i st ,wi t haver ydi f f er entst yl e.Hewoul duse si l kt hr eadsdyedl ocal l yandgl uet hem t ol ocalf abr i ct ocr eat ehi sar t . Mesmer i sed,Ebunwoul dsi tbyhi ssi de,eager l yassi st i ngandl ear ni ng andt hengoi ngoutt ot r yt osel lhi swor k.Shewoul dof t enmakeher ownar tusi ngherbr ot her i nl aw' sst yl ebutwoul dexper i mentusi ng cont r ast i ngcol our sandmoder ndesi gns. Event ual l y ,Ebun’ swor kbecamesuper i ori nt echni queanddesi gnt o t hatofherbr ot her i nl aw.Heencour agedhert ocont i nuecr eat i ng out si deoft hebox,andshedi d.Herwor kcont i nuedt oevol veunt i l Ebunandherhusbandl ef tt hecomf or t soft hei rf ami l yi nt henor t hand movedt oavi l l agenearI badan.Lef tt of endf ort hemsel ves,Ebun woul dsel lherhusband' sar tbyday ,andbyni ght ,cr eat ei ncr edi bl e pi ecesofar tunt i lt hei rsmal l ,modesthomewasf i l l edwi t hEbun’ s ar t wor k. Thei rf ami l ygr ewqui ckl y ,unt i lt heybecameaf ami l yofni ne.Tohel p wi t ht hei rgr owi ngf ami l y ,Ebunbegant ot r yt osel lherwor kandqui ckl y st ar t edsel l i ngunt i lsheneededassi st ancet okeepupwi t hdemand. Ever yoneshebr oughtonwoul dl ear nhert echni quesandt r yt ogoon t hei rown,l eavi ngEbuni nt hel ur cht ol ookaf t ersevenchi l dr enandt o sel lherar tal one.Herhusbandwoul dcomehomeoccasi onal l ywi t h ver yl i t t l emoneyt ohel pt hef ami l y . Shest r uggl edf oryear st odoever yt hi ngal oneandr ai seherchi l dr en, unt i lt hechi l dr enonebyoneshowedi nt er esti nherwor k.Soon,t hey wer eat eam ofei ghtwor ki ngl i keawel l oi l edmachi neever yspar e momentt heyhad.Ebunwant edt omakesur et hatever yoneofher chi l dr enwoul dhaveadecenteducat i onandgot ouni ver si t y .Thei rt wo r oom homebecameaf act or ywher ewhoeverwasavai l abl eandnoti n schoolwoul dhuddl eoveral ar gesquar et abl e,i nt r i cat el yt hr eadi ngand gl uei ngdownEbun’ sdesi gns. Shewoul dt r avelt oLagosr egul ar l y ,par t i ci pat i ngi nmar ket st hat cat er edt ot heLagosexpatcommuni t y .Ever yonel ovedherwor kso mucht hatt heywoul dbuyandt akei tbackt ot hei rhomes.Oneoft hese buyer sl ovedherwor kandof f er edt osel lt hem f orheri nLondon. Ebunal wayst al kedofherst r uggl et oeducat eherchi l dr enandhow har di twasf orhercommuni t yt oaccesseducat i on.Shedeci dedt hat wi t hwhat evermoneyshemadef r om herar t ,shewoul dhel pher communi t y .Wi t ht hehel pofawel lest abl i shedchar i t ywor ker ,shewas abl et ochooseanor phanaget hatspoket oher .Tabi t haHomesi san or phanagef ordi sadvant agedchi l dr enwi t hdi sabi l i t i es.Manyoft hese chi l dr enar ecr eat i vei nt hei rownr i ght .Theyar ewr i t er s,ar t i st sand musi ci answi t ht al ent ,wai t i ngt obeencour aged.Ebungi ves10% ofher sal est oTabi t haHomet onur t ur et het al ent sofsomeoft hechi l dr eni n hercommuni t y . Thi sf ami l yt r adi t i oncont i nues.Al lherchi l dr enar enowf i ni shedwi t h t hei reducat i on,wi t ht heyoungestnowst ar t i nguni ver si t y .I nt hel astf ew year s,Ebun’ sst r uggl esandhar dshi psar epayi ngof f .Shehas successf ul l ypai df orherchi l dr en’ seducat i on,managedt ot hr ow weddi ngsf orsomeoft hem andhasnowputdownadeposi tf orapi ece ofl andonwhi chshepl anst obui l dahome,wher eshecancont i nuet o bet hehear tofherf ami l yandt hecr eat i vemi ndbehi ndver yspeci al ar t wor k.








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