Idowu Philips, a seasoned Nigerian actress better known by her stage name Iya Rainbow, recalled how she sobbed when her son built and gave her a house.
Despite having purchased and checked the land and other building materials for the entire project, the thespian claimed that she was unaware of her son’s proposal. She continued by saying that until the building was finished, her son, who lives abroad, kept her in the dark about who the house was for.
“I am happy because for someone to be abroad and come home to build a house, he deserves to be praised and appreciated. I was the one who helped him to purchase the land but he did not tell me what he wanted to do with it.
He only told me he wanted to buy land, and I should help him inspect it, which I did and negotiated. I was also the one he sent the money to, and he started the building gradually.
When it was time for the roofing, I was the one he asked to help buy the materials to be used, and I did that. It was when the house was completed that he said to me, ‘Mummy, you are the one I built this house for. It was so pleasing to me that I wept tears of joy.”
Sending a piece of advice to mothers like herself, Iya Rainbow encouraged single mothers to find jobs to be able to give the best trainer they can to bring their children up.
“Stand up and tighten your loins. Look for work that will pay you to train those children to become successful.”