Actor, Emeka Ossai and wife recount struggle with childlessness
Speaking the pressures they faced when they were childless, Jumia said:
“Surprisingly, for five years there was no pressure from both families. Rather, we put the pressure on ourselves because we both love kids and we wanted them badly. In fact, my father and my mother-in-law played a great role on the journey to fruitfulness. They counselled and gave us all the reasons why we should be patient. They just kept on assuring us that the kids will come but only at God’s time.”
“In December 2011, I called my mother in-law and told her that she is the mother of my husband and I am his wife. So, we should kick off the year 2012 by praying and praising God very well. This, I believe, would propel fruitfulness. We did. We prayed together and even fasted 21 days with members of Winners Chapel.
“I also praised God from midnight till 1.00am and I had my babies’ clothes in my hands (male and female). I had all the praise and worship CDs in my house. In fact, you would think I sell them! I would have added the 70 days prayer and fasting of the Redeemed Christian Church of God but I was so weak! I just had faith that it was going to happen that year. I knew God would answer me because I did those prayers and praises rigorously. I was expectant. When my father clocked 70 years old, I begged God to let him see his grandchildren from me before he dies. Indeed, God answered me and I thank Him. When I tested positive to the pregnancy test I went for, my husband and I cried.”
Can you recall the day you had your babies?
Jumai: We travelled to the United States to have the babies and when my husband called my father from the theatre to tell him I was delivered of a set of twins— a boy and a girl, my father cried profusely. When I asked him why he was crying, he said he was crying for joy! At that point I looked at my husband and he was also crying. In fact, I had to put off the phone because I didn’t want to cry too. They arrived September 2012. Thank God, we have a different story today.”
The couple took time to advice couples facing similar challenges.
” I pray that God will change their story the way he did ours. There is hope as long as you are alive. Let God be your focus.”
While Emeka Oscar said:
“Pray hard, believe in and wait on God as you work “diligently to achieve results”
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