In Nigeria, it is common to see mentally ill men and women roaming the streets, sometimes these women are seen nursing babies. However, it is not everyday you see a complete family with mental illness roaming the streets as a pack.
A youth corp member currently serving in Cross River left many people stunned after she took to social media to share a photo of a family comprising a man, his wife and their 3 kids, all mentally challenged in Ogoja, Cross River.
Identified as Progress Oberiko, she revealed that not only are they always sighted together, they also communication in fluent English, making the puzzle about how they became mad, even more complex.
The family is always together, trekking under the scorching sun. Sometimes they are even seen in the market, making inquiries about where to buy items, just like a normal family. From the photo shared, it appears they have been mentally ill for a very long time judging from their clothes and hair.
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Corps member shares a photo of a family of 5 battling mental illness in Cross River
See her post below:
"This happens to be the weirdest situation I've seen in my entire life. I have been trying to get this shot for the past five months and whenever I tried, they either walk past too quickly, change direction, or not just close enough. At other times I may be on a bike and whenever I ask the cyclist to go slow so I can get a shot of them, he'll be like "Hmmm, Abeg o, I nor fit stop this bike make u snap o, if the madman catch u, your own Don finish!
And that's how it went. The first time I saw them here in Ogoja, my heart melted, I was livid. And my mind wandered, searching for the closest guess as to why a whole family, husband, wife, and three beautiful children would be plagued with INSANITY. WHY!
My heart could not contain the curiosity, then i began to ask questions. Anytime I drove past them in a car or on a bike, I engage the driver or someone in a conversation about them. I have seen them trekking long distances under the scorching sun☀, I've also met them in the market making inquiries about where they could get a particular item to buy.
They're never separated, always found walking together, complete family. But the intriguing part is their communication. Jeez! This "MAD" family speak CORRECT QUEENS ENGLISH. They flow in CLEAN grammar. Na this one dey burst my head ��
I've heard the man instructing one of his children who was walking sluggishly behind him as they trekked down the road; "Hey Dorcas, will you hurry up, C'mon girl, meet up with the pace". And I marvelled. At the market he asked someone for directions and he went; "Hey ma'am, Pls where can I get this and this... "As you can see their dreadlocks is twisted, showing that it has lasted for God knows how long This means that this madness nor be today. E Don tay!"
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