Kuchi Kuchi singer, Jodie, has earlier today raised awareness about the realities of raising a child.
The mother-of-one in a touching Instagram post revealed her 6-year-old son Chinua lives with cerebral palsy and that the hospital where she had her son is to blame for his condition.
She added that she regrets not trying out a general hospital as things would have panned out differently for them.
The singer, whose birth name is Joy Eseoghene Odiete, said that because of her son’s disability, she cannot keep a relationship as her “soul is shattered”.
Adding that her son’s health condition has turned her into a beggar.
She wrote: “My finances have been swallowed. My friends have abandoned me because I’m a beggar. My debts are new every morning.
She also disclosed that special needs children don’t eat regular food and need special care and this drains the finances of parents.
She added that many have advised her to kill her child, Chinua, “because such children are sent to swallow up finances.”
The Singer said she has done all sorts of jobs to provide for her child and the deteriorating state of her son’s health makes her fall ill occasionally.
The singer then added that the stigmatization of special needs children has led to parents walking and suffering on this lone path alone but it’s now time to ask for help.
We are now shameless. We are now helpless. We have gone mad… We need a permanent solution,” she wrote.
She then called on the government, non-governmental organizations, and other authorities to provide a “permanent solution” for the care of special needs children so that parents will not have to go broke to care for their special needs kids.
She concluded: “My head is heavy. My eyes hurt because I cry every night. Don’t wait for the singer of Kuchi Kuchi to die first before you do a memorial service while her child is left to suffer. Do not spend a dime when I’m dead. Do all you can about it now while I’m alive. I beg you Nigerians.”
Jodie was married to actor David Nnaji, the father of Chinua, but the marriage went South shortly after the birth of their son. David then welcomed a baby girl with another woman.