In the Name of Tradition: Regina Chukwu Recounts How Her Infant Daughter Was Snatched By Late Husband’s Family
In a post on her Instagram page, Nollywood actress and mother of two, Regina Chukwu recounts how her daughter, Rachel Nwafor was snatched away from her just before she turned 3 years old.
According to Regina, this incidence, perpetrated by her husband’s family occurred after losing her husband to the cold hands of death.
As a young widow left with 2 children to cater for, Regina was lost and depressed. While still trying to come to terms with the sudden demise of her husband and figuring how to forge ahead with her two infants, her husband’s family struck by imposing their obnoxious cultural laws.
Even though Regina yielded to their traditional demands, she was still not allowed to leave the village for the city with her first daughter and child, Nwafor Rachel, who was barely 3 years old at the time.
Almost fourteen years later and standing next to her is her daughter, Rachel who turned 17 on April 5, 2018. How she got her daughter back three years after that heart wrenching incidence is a story, Rachel says is for another day.
Read Regina’s post below as written in her own words…
Do you believe that this daughter of mine was once snatched away forcefully from me???? She was barely 3yrs old then. Do you believe that I was forced to live apart from my daughter for close to 3yrs??? Let me take you on a journey down memory lane ????. When death took away their father and I was totally lost in this world, then came family and traditions (story for another day) they told me that I can’t go back to the city with my 2 children unless I accepted some conditions, which I was quick to accept, even at that, they told me I could only go with Richard cos I was still breastfeeding him then, I thought it was a joke but that very morning my late husband’s sister who lived in Enugu city then said she was going back to base with her and she was going to register her for school there ( I was still mourning my husband then) I cried, I begged, couldn’t watch them take her away, so I ran after the car, fell, stood up and ran as fast as my legs could carry me, ran after the moving car but I couldn’t catch up ????????????(emotions) the story of how I got my baby back and more I intend to tell as a movie someday ???? the great news is that, this is that babygirl standing next to me almost taller than me lol and she now drags my cloth with me???? pls celebrate my first fruit with me???????????????????????????? she is SEVENTEEN ???????????????????????? @nwaforracheal_ I love you #yetiwon##sundayhowfarhopingiamtrying##Godisgood##ihaveastorytotell#
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Stupid cultures some people practice.