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The youngest of family of six, his dad died suddenly. His mum could not pay their school fees, house rent and they did not feed well. As the situation became unbearable for his mother, she took his sisters and left the house leaving him and his brothers in the house. They had to always beg people for food to eat. His grandmother took him to her house but things were not any better. Out of frustration, at age eight , he left the house and began living on the street for survival. 2017-02-06 13:53:30 GMT 2017-02-16 14:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 6 2 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 6 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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- Establishment shots of Olabisi Onabanjo University
- David (happy) in school... walking down a garden path... talking to friends... greeting them...
David talking [Smiling]:
Things were not always like this. Sometimes I say to myself, if this is a dream, I don't want to ever wake up.
Fast rewind motion (he walks back very fast) black fades out…
I was the youngest of 6 children. But, the sudden death of my father changed everything. My mum had no means of sustenance. I remember then, she could no longer pay our fees, nor the house rent. (David Smiled looking into distance) We barely ate 3 square meals in a day… my mum was helpless, and then she took out her frustration on us. It was a terrible experience.
The death of the breadwinner of a family - the father, many times adversely changes the course of events in the lives of the family members. The effects are particularly worse in cases where the mother had no personal means of sustenance.
After the death of their father, David, his mother and siblings were left to cater for themselves. The mother had no means of sustenance and soon it became very hard for her to cater for 6 children.
One day, my mum took my sisters and left the house, leaving my brothers and I behind. I guess the situation became too unbearable for her… We had to beg people for food to survive. My other brothers that were older found their way out of the house as well and I was left all alone.
My Grandmother came to my rescue by taking me to her house but living with her was not a better choice. At the age of 8, I ran away from home and began living on the streets.
David's mother came back for David but instead of these making things better for him, things became worse as he was forced into hard labour.
David talking Continues:
My mum later came for me. But, My mother and I never really related properly. She forced me to take up a menial job at a local industry. I remember then, I was the youngest at the work place. It was a lot of hard work and sometimes the hot sand burnt my feet.
David talking Continues:
Every Saturday, I received my salary which I had to give to my mum who kept it all. Asides that, she would give me petty items to go sell. She asked where she would get money to feed me if I did not go sell, that after all, other children were doing the same thing.
Although David lived with his mother, he did not have it easy as he did not get along with his mother at all.
David talking…[Solemn tone]:
My mum was never satisfied with anything I did. Sometimes when I did not make any sale, she would accuse me of spending the money and beat me severely. Sometimes she would travel for weeks leaving me in the house with nothing to eat.
Then one day, I ran away from home. I got on a bus...I was ... yrs old then. I did not know where I was going but I tried getting direction based on what I had overheard from my mother. I found my way to Ibadan, asking people on the way when I arrived at the place...>narrative voice stops at this point<
- Ambience sound… Boy knocks on door...no response... sees someone around... asks… audio from conversation low... focus on gestures... Boy points to door… passerby/neighbor responds by gesticulating that the person had packed... Boy walks back... knocks harder... conveying desperation...
...>Narrative voice continues...David talking…
I was told my grandmother had moved from there and I could not get anyone to tell me where she moved to...
- Boy continues knocking...slides down the door and sits on the floor... conveying frustration... then voice of child... the boy thinking... Grand ma, where are you... what do I do now? -
Nighttime came and young David had nowhere to turn. All alone in a strange land, he had no one to turn to for help.
David talking: As I roamed around, looking for where to pass the night, two night guards came to ask me questions. They forcefully took me to their office and accused me of robbery. I tried explaining to them what had happened but they refused to listen to me. Then they said they would poison me and throw me into the river. But they could not find the poison and then decided they would throw me alive into the river.
Break [to maintain the suspense]
Accused by a world that ought to protect him...A ... year old accused of being a thief and condemned to die, David's end seemed to have come.
They tied me and started on their way to the river. But as God would have it, on our way, another set of security guards stopped them and asked where they were taking me. The set that tied me up responded that they had caught me stealing. The new set told them to let me go and as they did, he told me to run. I Ran as fast as I could till I
got to a market square where I slept till morning.
David was miraculously delivered from the hands of death. He survived by begging for food on the street and sometimes doing menial jobs until one day…
I was begging for food on the street one day as usual, when I saw a group of people coming towards me. I was hopeful as I thought I would receive money to eat that day, but the people told me they are from the InnerCity Mission and they want to help me. That was my transformation point. I was taken to live with other children like myself. I was enrolled into the InnerCity Mission School where I eat free breakfast and lunch and dinner in my new Home and I sleep in a most comfortable bed. Today I am in the University studying…
I want to say “Thank you” to my father Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and all partners of the InnerCity Mission for changing my life. I know that nothing can stop me now. I am a success happening everywhere!
David Oluwasegun is one out of several your partnership has helped transformed, through our different programs. He has benefited from our:
1. Child development Program
2. Child Health & Nutrition Program
3. Child Care and Support program
You can touch the lives of more indigent children and help fulfill the vision of our man of God through your partnership in this year of Flourishing as we tackle child poverty all around the world
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