A nonagenarian, Agnes Akpan Udofia, who turned 90-year-old in May, with her virginity intact has said she has lived a fulfilled life without a husband or children of her own.
Udofia was celebrated by her community on May 21st 2017 in a special service organised to appreciate the nonagenarian who lived all her life nursing children she never gave birth to.
The nonagenarian explained that she has no regrets being unmarried, having spent her life nurturing over 50 children in her village, Ikot Udobia, Etinan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
“I feel fulfilled, I see the children I took care of now driving cars, own houses and doing well in their various engagements. I see all of them as my children. I always feel happy whenever I see children.
“No regret. In the first place, I don’t know what to regret about. My belief is that I was created by God to live and die without a husband, child and anything to call my own. I see things in and around me as normal. I never hated men neither did the men hate me but we never met.
“I lived my life the way you see me. No feelings for a man. I don’t see it as either normal or abnormal. Maybe I will get better answers from God when I eventually transit to meet my creator, but I know I was created by God not to get a man in my life in the name of husband, or children. I don’t know the meaning of frustration and broken home; I don’t have any of such past.
Udofia told our correspondent that at a young age, she adopted Christianity and the lifestyle of the Irish Reverend Sisters from the Convent School in her community who picked her from home to Church on Sundays.
She said, “I have never known anything like a man in my entire life, not to talk of a husband. I have never been married, no relationship with any man, no boyfriend even when I was young. I have never slept with any man as far as I can remember, not even in my dream state.
“When I was much younger, Reverend Sisters from Irish Priest who were staying in the Convent School at Ikot Udo Ntuen, made me to embrace Christianity. Every Sunday they come to our house to pick me and brought me back in the evening. Those were the kind of friends that I had. No immoral discussion, it was all about Holy Mary and the Child of God, Jesus”.
One of the children she nurtured, Mr. Fabian Udoh, now a business man explained that the village was blessed to have Udofia and would immortalized her for her contributions to the community.
He said, “I am here to honour this woman, an exceptional gift to this community. She has touched the lives of over 50 children. I have known her to have no relationship with any man. We are proposing a foundation to immortalize her. We all came home today to celebrate her now that she is alive. It will make no meaning celebrating her after death. She gave most of us life as we must celebrate her life when she is alive”.