We have just received news that popular health advocate, Blessing Timidi-Digha has lost her two kids, Itunu and Damilare in a fire outbreak.
According to sources close to the Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) for adolescent girls advocate, Blessing lost two of her kids to fire in a day. A Fire Response team that was to respond to the fire allegedly said there was no water.
Read below tweets shared by two Twitter users, Okafor Ikechukwu & Princess Ife:
Waking up to see the breaking news of my (our) dear Timidi blessing who lost her two kids in a fire outbreak.
Please let’s pray for @SuperGirlTimidi she needs us right now.
Am still in shock.
Enteral rest Itunu and damilare
In 2005, Blessing Timidi-Digha started the African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative (AGCDSI) after she got pregnant at 17 and almost committed suicide on two occasions.
At 17, Blessing Timidi-Digha was pregnant, single, and overcome with shame. Because Nigeria remains largely conservative and religious; sex is hardly discussed, and sex education is absent from many homes and schools, she quickly became the subject of finger-pointing.
According to a report on the advocate, it was the lowest ebb of her life, and even led her to two suicide attempts. But with her parents’ support, she gave birth and returned to school.
Her experience made Blessing realize the dearth of available information on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in Nigeria. So AGCDSI was born.
Today, Blessing Timidi Digha is the Executive Director, Community Mobilization and Advocacy Officer at African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative, a non-governmental, not for profit organization that advocates and works towards the advancement and development of the Nigerian Girl Child through Advocacy, Research and Interventions.
May God give her and her family the fortitude to bear this loss.