Tell us about yourself.

My name is Oluchi Anumni. I am married and blessed with three wonderful children.

As a child, what did you want to become in future? What do you do now?

As a child, I wanted to become a Medical Doctor but I eventually studied Microbiology. I currently work as the administrative manager in a hospital and I am also a proud Mamalette Champion

Why did you volunteer as a Mamalette Champion?

Oluchi at a Mamalette Home Visitors training in May 2019

I volunteered as a Mamalette Champion because I love helping people and I am really passionate about maternal and infant health. When I came across the Mamalette platform and their vision of reducing maternal and infant mortality through disseminating the right information, it resonated with me. I saw it as an opportunity to improve the lives of women around me.

What was a striking moment for you during this program?

Oluchi during a Home Visit with an enrolee in April 2019

I had lots of striking moments during the program but the one that really stood out for me was during a home visit as I was teaching my enrolee about immunisation in her compound. Her neighbour who was nearby, overheard us and got interested in the teaching. She eventually opened up to me that she never immunised any of her four children.
It opened my eyes to the reality that truly a lot of work needs to be done in educating women about their health and the health of their children.

Can you share a story of an enrolee whose life you have impacted during this program?

Oluchi with an enrolee in June 2019

I would like to share the story of a pregnant enrolee whose baby was in a breach position and was told she would deliver through a caesarean section. She was the type who believed she had to have a ‘hebrew woman’ delivery and that giving birth through caesarean section ‘was not her portion’.

During one of our home visits, she asked me about the possibility of the baby turning before delivery as she was planning to go to a place where she was told they could turn the baby in the right position.

I spoke to her about the dangers of doing anything contrary to what the doctor had already advised and encouraged her to go for the caesarean section, stating that it was the best option for her and the baby. I explained to her that the means of delivery, either vaginal or caesarean section wasn’t what mattered but that the most important thing was having her and her baby alive and healthy.

She heeded my advice and to the glory of God, she and her beautiful baby are alive and well.

Why is your community important to you?

Oluchi with some of her Mamalette Home Visiting enrolees in June 2019

Charity they say begins at home. My community is where I live in and I should be able to impact the people around me first, before widening my reach to others.

What in your life made you care about other people around you?

Oluchi at a Mamalette Home Visitors training in January 2019

My father loves helping people a lot and he instilled that in me. Growing up, his genuine show of care and love for others influenced me greatly.

Whenever I find myself in a situation where I can help somebody, I try to do so, no matter how little, whether materially or morally

What is the worth of a pregnant woman’s life to you?

Oluchi with an enrolee in May 2019

The worth of a pregnant woman’s life cannot be quantified. It’s indeed priceless.

I firmly believe that no woman deserves to die while giving life.

What is your hope for your community?

I sincerely hope that everyone will be equipped with the right knowledge about their health and well being, so they can be able to make necessary changes that will result in favourable maternal and infant health outcomes.

What message do you have for other women who are looking to make an impact in their communities?

I would say, identify where your passion lies and where you want to make an impact and then start small. Take things one step at a time and never forget why you are doing what you do.

That way, with God on your side, you will surmount whatever challenges may come your way and truly make an impact.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”

Henry Ford