A 90-year-old woman in Akwa-Ibom state, Agnes Akpan, has revealed she has never had any form of intimacy with a man all her life.
The woman who is said to have single-handedly raised over 50 children at Ikot Udobia community, Etinan local government area of the state was recently honoured by the people for dedicating her life to humanity.
The inside of Saint Pius Catholic Church, Ikot Udobia, was full to capacity recently as many troop out for the thanksgiving service, just to honour the nonagenarian. She was said to have lived her life nursing children she did not give birth to.
The celebrant told NDV in an interview:
“I have never known anything like man in my entire life, not to talk of a husband. I have never been married, no relationship with any man, no boyfriend even when I was young. I have never slept with any man as far as my memory can carry me, not even in my dream state.
“I was born partially blind, no man saw anything good in me, so I grew up without the feeling of a man. When I was much younger, reverend sisters staying at the Convent School at Ikot Udo Ntuen made me to embrace Christianity. Every Sunday, they came to our house to pick me and brought me back in the evening. Those were the kind of friends that I had. No immoral discussion, it was all about Holy Mary and the child of God, Jesus.”
Asked if she has any regret, she said:
“No, no regret. In the first place, I do not know what to regret about, my belief is that I was created by God to live and die without a husband, child and anything I can call my own. I see things in and around me as normal. I never hated men neither did the men hate me, but we never met. “I lived my life the way you see me. No feeling for a man. I do not see it as either normal or abnormal. Maybe I will get better answers from God when I eventually transit to meet my Creator. But I know I was created by God not to get a man in my life in the name of husband or children. I do not know the meaning of men frustration and broken home. I do not have any of painful past.
” On her interest in raising children, she asserted:
“I enjoy taking care of little children between the age four to 10 years. Mothers who have children will drop them with me when they are going to farm, market or to fetch water. I will take care of them until they return to take their children. I feed them and keep them happy as long as they stay with me.’’