Onyeka Onwenu, the veteran Nigerian songstress, has recounted how her mother lost her husband at a young age.
Onwenu revealed how her late mother lost two husbands before she married her late father at the age of 37.
In a chat with The Nation, Onwenu narrated her late mother Hope Onwenu’s ordeal and sacrifice in ensuring her children have a better life.
The elegant stallion, who lost her mother 12 years ago at the of 92-year-old, described her as a strong, powerful, and incredible woman.
“My mother, by aged 37, has lost two husbands. The first husband died just a year after the marriage,” she began.
Continuing, the 70-year-old mother of two said, “She (her mother) had my elder sister just 8 days after her husband died. And the family took the child away from her because she refused to marry her late husband’s younger brother. So, she could not have access to her daughter for many years.
“After some years, she was also married to one of the wealthiest men in town but at the end of the day, she lost her without inheriting anything. This woman never gave up as she married again to my father who was a self-made man and just when she would relax and have a good life he was involved in a motor accident and died.”
Having lost her father, Dickson Kanu Onwenu, at a tender age, the songstress said she grew up seeing her widowed mother catering to her five children, and this is why she always gets involved and emotional when it comes to helping widows.