In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, August, 2020

How A Blue-Eyed Lady And Her Kids Deserted By Husband Grew to become The Toast Of Ilorin

How A Blue-Eyed Woman And Her Children Abandoned By Husband Became The Toast Of Ilorin

Risikat Abdulwasiu

Risikat Abdulwasiu and her children

In Ilorin, blue-eyed Risikat Abdulwasiu was bullied at school and claimed she was rejected alongside together with her kids by her in-laws for his or her distinctive eyes. Now their eyes are drawing a crowd and which may have turned their lives round

In Toni Morrison’s bestselling novel, The Bluest Eye, the Nobel laureate tells the story of Pecola, an African American lady whose biggest want was to have blue eyes so she could possibly be thought of white and luxuriate in white privilege.

Within the distant Alagbado space of Ilorin, Kwara State, Mrs Risikat Abdulwasiu Oloye, 30, standouts in a crowd. Her eyes are blue, like the color of the ocean. So are these of her two kids.

They stand out a lot that throughout the Eid, a younger girl seen this and took photographs with the little lady. The photographs went viral and Risikat and her kids, who’ve been scrapping for a residing since she left her matrimonial  residence, turned in a single day sensations.

However her blue eyes have triggered her a lot agony.

“A few 12 months in the past, my husband informed me to pack out of his home,” she mentioned. “He informed me that his mother and father mentioned that they might not reside with kids with unusual eyes.

Her husband had apparently been informed to marry a lady who would give him kids with regular eyes. On account of this, Risikat mentioned she was kicked out and needed to transfer again in together with her mother and father.

When she was born, her mother and father found that her eyes are blue. Since her imaginative and prescient appeared regular, they did nothing about it till she was bullied at school and referred to as names.


“I keep in mind my classmates at school used to make enjoyable of me,”
she mentioned.


“I used to report them to our lecturers and I additionally informed my mother and father at residence. Due to this, my mother and father took me to the College of Ilorin Educating Hospital to complain to the docs about my eyes.

“However after analyzing me, docs mentioned my eyesight was regular and that there was nothing unsuitable with them. The docs on the hospital even took photos with me.”

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Her relationship together with her husband was regular at first, she mentioned. After which she had her kids who, like her, have blue eyes. Her husband turned uncommunicative and stopped taking good care of them.

“My first daughter Kaosara is about 5 years previous and she or he was born with blue eyes. It’s pure, Allah made it to be so,” she mentioned. She then had a set of twins. The lady, Hasanat Kehinde, had blue eyes, the boy, Taiwo, had common brown eyes.

Nevertheless, he obtained unwell and died. She mentioned this was as a result of she didn’t have cash to pay the medical payments as her husband was not supporting them in any manner then.

Representatives of Toyin Saraki presenting money present of N250,000 to Risikat and her daughters

“He was sick and we took him to the hospital for therapy, however I had no cash to deal with the kids as a result of their father refused to present me cash to deal with them and Taiwo died as a result of I couldn’t deal with him,” she mentioned.

Now seperated from her husband, she is left together with her blue-eyed daughters.

“I don’t really feel unhealthy about their blue eyes as a result of I imagine it’s hereditary. They inherited it from me. There isn’t a discrimination from individuals concerning the color of the eyes of my kids they don’t have any downside with their playmates. They combine freely with them,” she mentioned.

The story of her neglect by her husband didn’t begin immediately, she mentioned. “After I was in his home, he didn’t use to present me cash for meals,” she mentioned.


“My mother and father would deliver meals to feed us. My mom used to deliver foodstuffs from our home and would additionally give us cash. That was how we had been residing.”

Even when she moved again in together with her mother and father, when he visited, he usually left them with nothing.

Risikat insisted she and her husband weren’t combating however his mother and father pressured him to kick them out.


“It was his mother and father who instructed him to eject me and the kids from the home as a result of they might not reside with me and my kids as a result of we’ve blue eyes,”
she mentioned.

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The kids have by no means been enrolled at school and that is one thing that has been bothering their mom.


“I want to put them in public college however there is no such thing as a cash,”
Risikat mentioned. “We’ve got solely been surviving on what my mother and father are giving us. It has not been straightforward as a result of I’ve no technique of sustaining myself and the kids.”

Risikat herself was educated as much as secondary college at Amule Secondary College however by no means accomplished her research. She dropped out and was enrolled by her mother and father at a pharmacy the place she research for some time till she was graduated by her boss.

Her mother and father arrange a medication retailer for her and it was whereas working there that she met her husband. They dated after which obtained married six years in the past.

However whereas married to him, she needed to shut down her retailer as a result of she used the revenue to feed herself and the kids when the husband stopped taking good care of them, she mentioned.

For a couple of 12 months now, she has been residing together with her mother and father and her kids usually ask her about their father.

“He comes to go to them every now and then and when he does, he solely brings Bobo drink for them. He doesn’t give them cash to feed,” she mentioned.

Nevertheless, the husband, Abdulwasiu Oloye, denied his spouse’s claims.

“I married her due to the color of her eyes so why would I drive her out of my home due to it,” he mentioned. Wasiu, a vulcaniser, mentioned he spent his financial savings and even offered a property he was creating to get well being care for his or her son who later died.

He insisted that Risikat determined to go away on her personal and since then, he had been going to their household home to play his function as husband and father however she refused to return again to him.

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His brother, Dauda Aje, mentioned, “Wasiu didn’t abandon her in any respect. He did his finest for her. If she mentioned it isn’t sufficient, that’s advantageous, however saying he deserted her and the kids will not be true”

His different sibling, Saheed Jimoh mentioned, “My brother was pleased with her and he confirmed her off at any given alternative. Why she has determined to malign him now could be what we don’t perceive. In any case, she was the one who packed out of his home.”

Regardless of the case, Risikat appears intent on not reconciling together with her husband.


“If he and his mother and father come for forgiveness, I’ll by no means settle for it. No. It’s not potential, I gained’t return.”

Nevertheless, the eye on Risikat’s blue eyes not too long ago paid off when final week she was visited by the spouse of the Kwara State Governor Dr Olufolake AbdulRazaq, that of the previous state governor and quick previous senate president, Toyin Saraki and Minister of Youth and Sports activities, Sunday Dare visited Risikat at her mother and father’ residence.

Throughout their visits, they gifted her money whereas her daughters obtained a scholarship from the minister to pursue their training to any degree.

Final week, representatives of Toyin Saraki Nicely-Being Basis Africa donated money present of N250,000 to empower Risikat and her kids.

Spouse of the Kwara State Governor, Dr Olufolake AbdulRazaq rallied medical and social intervention help for the household by way of the Kwara State Ministry of Well being and the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria.

Because the story broke, the distant Alagbado space has seen a rise in site visitors as individuals have been visiting to see the blue eyes for themselves.

What had triggered them a lot agony would possibly simply have saved their future.

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