- They are College/University educated.
- They have been job-hunting without success for over five years after graduation; they started a local farm to keep food on the table.
- They were childless for the first three years of their marriage. They saw this as a blessing in disguise and were not worried, unlike most newly-married couples in our society with pressures and expectations on them to have children right away.
They are close and faithful to each other and to God.
- They live in a one-bedroom, affordable apartment in a “boys’ quarter”, a section of buildings set aside for servants. Even when the twins arrived, they still could not afford to move. Now that there are eight in their family, they still live in that one-bedroom apartment, an unhealthy situation.
- The news of three babies on the way, and finally the arrival of the four would have been enough to scare any man in the father’s position and perhaps push him into make rash decisions, like abandoning the family, joining armed robbers in Nigeria, or other dubious fast money-making choices. Instead, the father of the quadruplets remained steadfast with his farming and faithful, supportive, and thankful to God. He borrowed from friends and relatives and paid them back when he could–a great young man of integrity indeed!
As for this brave wife:
- She is a strong woman, managing with meager resources: twins and now four more, with inadequate prenatal care, nutrition, or comfortable accommodations, yet she was able to carry the pregnancy to a survival stage. She coped with labor pains and delivered the babies without complications, although the were born premature. She popped them out one at a time and when she thought they were only three, a fourth one came out. What is more miraculous than this?
- Now she is home managing six babies.The home, I can imagine, is most unfit for those delicate babies, and I pray they do not develop respiratory problems, typical for premature babies, even in excellent settings. I am holding my breath for them.
From the interview, this mom described how she breast feeds the babies in turns and sometimes, two at the same time. I hope she makes enough milk to go around, even with her poor nutritional status.