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Growing up as an orphan by Nwangwu Uchechi


Full Name: Nwangwu Uchechi
Country Represented: Nigeria

Why did you enter this storytelling contest?

My story inspired me to enter the Ultimate Storyteller Contest. My growth has been amazing. Looking back and seeing how far I have come from a very low background to becoming a storyteller is something I am proud of.

The orphan girl who nobody believed could get admission into the University finally made it and studying my dream course “Geology” gives me this joy of doing more. The tears that rolled down my eyes while growing up has made me laugh more as a young lady and will love to do more because those sad time made me dream, strona great lesson because I learned a lot from the journey of Life to appreciate who I am and instead of being hard on myself, I decided to give the world my love by showing up for dose not have what I lacked ger, bold unbreakable, and value the little I have.

As a child, my mental health was poor because every minute I was sad the journey of Life to appreciate who I am and instead of being hard on myself, I decided to give the world my love by showing up for dose not have what I lacked. Instead of being hard on myself, I laugh more, teach the people around me what love of parents means.

What does storytelling mean to you?

Storytelling is everything to me, my waking up is a story of how nature loves me and I embrace it with a cheerful heart. The life we live is a story and everything about humanity is a story.

In one of my quotes “I am a story, created into the story and live by telling stories”.

As a child, I also experienced storytelling under the hut of my ground mother every night, in those nights I felt the joy coming from my beautiful grandmother who will sit on the ground tying her wrapper on her beautiful chest and smiling like a queen who just made her king happy with the songs she rendered to us to repeat after her which we echoed.the connectivity and the engagement of her story made us so happy that we looked forward to everyday.

Storytelling is as old as man and every record or data of humanity is a story to be told or written. We are the stories of our great ancestors who can not tell their stories but left us behind to finish up by writing their stories.

Why did you tell this story?

I chose this story because I am the story myself and I want to use it to inspire the world that we can be anything we want to be no matter out root.This story is everything to me. It reminds me of who I am and makes me realize that life is very simple and everyone is important to me no matter our background or race.

This story reminds me of how supportive my brothers and sisters have been to me. The families I lived with, were the best things that happened to me because without them I won’t aim so high or even dream big. If I wished for anything in this life is to have my parents watch me grow and see their daughter become a great “Storyteller” and a “Geologist”.
This story reminds me of how I have worked hard to as a teenager to make a living and safe money for school

When I tell people that I never had the joy of celebrating my parents like them, they tend to wonder how I always smile and laugh to everything I do.

My journey so far has been an inspiration me and to many people who knew me as a child.

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528 thoughts on “Growing up as an orphan by Nwangwu Uchechi”

    1. All you went through in life, not easy at all. But thank God for the great person you are already becoming.

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