“President Jonathan Fell From Mango Tree & Maltreated By Uncle” – Landlady Tells GEJ Grass To Grace Story

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Jan 29, 2015 – “How President Jonathan Fell From Mango Tree & Maltreated By Uncle” – Landlady Tells GEJ Grass To Grace Story

For those who grew up in Oguta, in Imo State a few years before the Civil War, the name “Agu­duma” would bring back memo­ries. It was the qualification of a young boy, whose friends considered too handsome and therefore, nicknamed him “Aguduma,” meaning “Handsome Goodluck.”

That boy, today, has become a man. He’s not an ordinary man, but one, who has risen from, perhaps, a nobody to the pinnacle of Nigeria’s leadership. That boy is today the president of Nigeria. That boy is President Goodluck Jonathan.

Yes, President Jonathan once lived in Oguta. While there, before the war, he attended St. Paul’s Anglican Church Primary School. He was nicknamed ‘Aguduma” by his peers in primary school.

Telling Daily Sun the story of Jonathan, as a boy growing up in Oguta, Madam Emilia Ajie, from Ogbaru area of Anambra State, revealed that the president lived with his uncle, popularly called Chief and his son in their (Madam Emilia) compound at the Kalabari Beach, in Oguta 11. According to the septuagenarian, Jonathan was always ill-treated by his uncle, who never bought him school books, sandals or other things he needed for school. She revealed that Jonathan was always the last, among the pupils who lived in the compound, to go to school daily because of house chores he must complete every morning. Madam Emilia further revealed that President Jonathan has always been a quite and respectful person, who, even in the face of hardship inflicted on him by his uncle, refused to accept unsolicited gifts from people. She revealed that even when his uncle left him behind for home, the young Jonathan engaged himself in menial jobs to survive.

According to her, “Goodluck is a very quite and respectful person, even in the face of hardship inflicted on him by his uncle, who was popularly called Chief and we always felt sorry for him because of the way his uncle was treating him. They were then living in our boys’ quarters. His uncle’s son usually did nothing. It was Goodluck, who did everything in the house, including cooking.” Madam Emilia recalled that at the end of the civil war, in 1970, President Jonathan’s uncle, who she said had married an Izombe woman, left him and his son, who were yet to finish their primary school education at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Primary School, Kalabari Beach, Oguta 11, behind and promised to come back for them. She stated that the uncle later sent for his son, while the young Jonathan was left behind in Oguta to fend for himself. “When Chief, Goodluck’s uncle, left with his wife, who was from Izombe, for their hometown, he had left behind his son and Goodluck because they were still in school and had promised to come back for them. But after his son finished his primary school, Chief sent for him and left Goodluck behind,” she said.

She revealed how Jonathan once had an accident that frightened everybody. According to her, “one days, while Goodluck was still living in our compound, he had gone to pluck mango with other young boys, but fell from the tree and as I was returning from the market I heard children shouting that ‘Aguduma’ had fallen off the mango tree and I quickly rushed to scene and used my head-tie to bind his fractured right hand. “My husband’s brother, popularly known as Ajasco, who was returning from the farm, had carried him (Jonathan), with the assistance of other children and took him to a popular traditional bonesetter in the neigbourhood, called Nwanyiogu from Mgidi but married to Kalabari man. And while he was receiving treatment for his injured hand, we were always bringing him food because both his uncle and the son had gone back to their hometown.” Madam Emilia pointed out that since Jonathan left Oguta in 1972 she has not set eyes on him again nor heard anything about him. She revealed that she only got to know that Jonathan had become the president of Nigeria when she saw, in 2011 an Almanac bearing his photograph and had exclaimed: “Look at Goodluck!”

She stated that as she shouted, the man who was selling the almanac asked what happened. On telling him that she knew Jonathan, she said, the man told her that Goodluck was the president of Nigeria. Waxing philosophical, she said: “Whatever God has destined for anybody must come to past because nobody will ever have thought that Goodluck will, one day become the president of Nigeria. I thank God for his life because he really suffered under his uncle and most times I had asked him then if his parents were alive and he always said yes, but through out his stay in our compound, his parents never visited him.” Also, talking about his experiences with Jonathan, Patrick Ajie, Madam Emilia’s son, who is now a staff of the Imo State Fire Service, recalled how the president and his uncle and son lived in their boys’ quarters at Kalabari Beach in Oguta 11.

He said that when President Jonathan arrived Oguta with his uncle, he started at Primary Four, at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Primary School, which was established by the Kalabari people in Oguta 11. He revealed that Jonathan finished his Primary Six in the school. Ajie corroborated his mother’s story that even after Jonathan’s uncle invited his son home, to join him and wife, President Jonathan continued to live with them.

On how Jonathan left Oguta, he stated that they did not see him for about two days, at that time, and therefore made inquiry from some Ijaw, who told them that he had gone to Egbema in search of one of his relatives. According to him, that was the last they heard of him until they heard about his emergence as president. “President Goodluck Jonathan had lived with his uncle and his son, who was younger, in my father’s compound at Kalabari Beach in Oguta. We occupied the main building, while they lived in the ‘Boys Quarters’. It was from there that he completed his primary school at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Primary School and he had started at From Four. Of course, he was my senior in the same school. Even his uncle returned to their hometown, with his new wife from Izombe and left behind Goodluck and his son. He had promised to come for them when they were through with their primary school education. But later his uncle sent somebody to bring his son back to their home town and left Goodluck behind with us.” Ajie said Jonathan later left between 1972 and 1973, first to Egbema, in search of one of relatives and finally to his village.

On whether he had ever met Jonathan, since he became president, Ajie said no, as nobody has allowed him into the presidential villa of the president’s Otuoke home. Said he: “I have tried severally to see him. I had even gone to Bayelsa and Abuja, but my all efforts have proved abortive. I wanted to see him at least to rekindled old times because we had a very good relationship with him while he and his uncle were living in our compound.”

Asked if he though Jonathan would recognize him in a crowd, as they parted ways as young people, he stated that he was not sure, but added that the president would never forget that he ever lived in the compound of the Ajies in Kalahari Beach, in Oguta.

[Reported By GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Daily Sun]

19 thoughts on ““President Jonathan Fell From Mango Tree & Maltreated By Uncle” – Landlady Tells GEJ Grass To Grace Story

  1. Wow… Wonderful! Who Jah bless, no one curse! Emilia, u should hav done this publication b4 now..since 2011 u gt to kno ds. All d same, better late than never. The message givn to d smoke has reached d sky, ds will surely gt to him maybe thru1 of his aids. Jonathan is a gentle man, if ds story iz true he ll surly respond swiftly. Can’t wait 2c his response on ds platform
    Emilia n son, remember me in ur paradise oo

  2. This story is k leg. Is a looking like lie upon us. Was they not knows when Goodlock was a govanors of Bayelsa? Was they not both also hear am when he be vise president either. Na only when he is a presindet they are hear. Is lying upon us. I was no go biliv them.

  3. @ bench if u don’t have anything. To say u better ****** .

    D story is so touching I wanted to cry while reading,it is true that every body has his or her own destiny. No matter what people do they can never change it.

    • @ miss AK; Why don’t you join Nollywood to compete with Chinwe Owoh in crying department. Bench made a valid observation, Deputy governor, then Governor, Vice Presidient, Then acting president. They did not notice him but only did when he became presido! I wonder ooooh!!!

  4. I know that you speak this way just to sound funny, but trust me, if you continue speaking consistently this way, good English will run away from you.

  5. @ bench if u don’t have anything. To say u *****.

    D story is so touching I wanted to cry while reading,it is true that every body has his or her own destiny. No matter what people do they can never change it.

  6. Omo another super story.This story has huge element of lies.Do they think Nigerians are fools.The first was he had no shoe when he was in school.Please do u see any part where shoe was mentioned.This same person sells Kerosene of N50 to you are me for N150 making an outrageous amount of N100 without consideration that he came from a poor background.He also increased the price of petrol on the new year.Only a fool will this story touch.Plz let”s all bury sentiment,region or ethnicity.Let”s all vote wisely.God bless Nigeria

  7. @Bench, if @ all anything as a K-Leg here,is your write-up!! Straighten your leg by learning how to spell and write!!! God abeg I suffer pass GEJ in my young age pls make me president of America sef!

  8. It is a true life story and I strongly believe it. But people shouldn’t wait until we become infuential before they start writing about us. My own case was worst than GEJ and nobody has written something about it. Must I become the president of Nigeria before the world will hear about it?

  9. Omo another super story.This story has huge element of lies.Do they think Nigerians are fools.The first was he had no shoe when he was in school.Please do u see any part where shoe was mentioned.This same person sells Kerosene of N50 to you are me for N150 making an outrageous amount of N100 without consideration that he came from a poor background.He also increased the price of petrol on the new year.Only a fool will this story touch.Plz let”s all bury sentiment,region or ethnicity.Let”s all vote wisely.vote PDP out.God bless Nigeria

  10. @ Bench plz nxt tym ask someone to help edit ur comment b4 u post. U just made a fool of urself. Destiny can only b delayed but not denied. Jonathan remains d best and surely he’s getting there again.

  11. wowwww…almost shade tears reading this… Indeed whosoever God have destined for greatness;will surely and one day be great.. I pray one day he will grant u all(Emilia and co) to pay a visit..

  12. If GEJ hears my story, he will just vacate Aso Rock for me without election. I beg make all these 15 seconds celebrities go and sit somewhere. Mango tree ko , pear tree ni

  13. Touching! Very touching! Coming from a background of physical abuse and more, I can understand and feel this story. In my case, it was step-mother doing all – physically, psychologically and diabolically to ruin my destiny. I am glad things turned and looked upwards for Goodluck Jonathan. Now, I understand the two Igbo names he bears. For those who blame the Ajies, have you thought about it that no one even expected him to become anything of substance? None of them could have looked out for the story of his rising. And many would have known him with his nickname ‘Aguduma’ and many more may just know his first name ‘Goodluck’. This story is real. I know how shocked my aunt was when she saw me after decades after I ‘left’ home. This is even for someone related to me. Indeed, no one knows tomorrow.
    DDWW

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