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Where did the name Dr. Mother Love come from?

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

In celebration of this day, I would like to share with you the story of how I became known as Dr. Mother Love.

My brother-in-law gave me the name Dr. Mother Love because of my passion for offering random acts of kindness and turning tears of pain into tears of joy. When I got married, I saw abuse and exploitation of poor and helpless young women who were brought into the family as servants by my mother-in-law, a powerful and wealthy matriarch in Nigeria. These girls were extremely poor and stranded, and were looking for families who could at least give them a meal and roof over their heads. I protected these women and their children and gave them love and care. Later, despite discovering that my husband had fathered some of these children, I continued to educate them and give them a chance for a better life. My brother-in-law, who had also fathered some of these children, saw that I had done what most wives would never do, and called me “Mother Love.” Later, he added “Doctor” to my name after I earned my doctoral degree in Education from Boston University.

Some of these women and their children now live in the United States and are doing well. They may not be grateful for everything I did for them, but I do not regret lifting them out of poverty and pain.

Take care,

Dr. Mother Love

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