OJB and wife Mamma J just had their first exclusive interview since they returned last week, with HipHopWorld.
- Why did you come back secretly?
So I just have to be careful.
- What do you have to say about the controversies that surrounded donations towards your kidney transplant?
Lots of cheques that some people donated bounced. I don’t want to mention names and when we called them to come for their cheques they didn’t come for it.
We didn’t want to talk about it in the media because it was about saving a life.
- How would you describe your wife, who volunteered to donate one of her kidneys?
Even when the doctors came to tell her that they would have to cut her all the way to the back and would have to remove a rib so they could have access to the kidney and if after that you still go ahead to do it then that is serious courage.
I will say she is a courageous woman.
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- We heard that you are lodged in a hotel for now because your house is undergoing reconstruction?
I was reluctant because of finances, he said he’d give me a call and before he left he gave me $1,000USD.
Days later, he called and asked for my account details and paid in N6 million for the reconstruction and still told me he had a gift for me, and then he gave me the keys to a Land Rover jeep.
We are having an extension to a bungalow which will be the main house, because the way the house was structured originally had studio with it. It needs to change, people come into the studio a lot and I have to control the hygiene. So I have to separate the two in order to sanitize the house.
- When are you hoping to get back to work?
Using my experience to help people is another thing I want to do and very soon I’ll start a foundation.
What lesson has this experience taught you?
It’s more spiritual really. I see it as, anybody that has God should be anxious for nothing’, because he has you in mind, you might think He doesn’t but He does. It has changed my whole perspective now.
- What’s the surgical mask you are wearing meant for?
- ON DONATING KIDNEY TO OJB: MY BROTHERS AND MOTHER WERE AGAINST IT, MAMA J. SAYS
OJB’s wife Mama J speaks to HipHopWorld, hesitantly.
- You must be courageous, how did you make the decision to donate one of your kidneys?
- Many people would berate you for that kind of move, how do you feel?
You can say whatever because you are not in the situation. I was in that situation, facing the decision, it was a do or die situation. It’s either I do it or he loses his life.
I didn’t give it for any glory or anything. I gave it because if he is alive, it is for my own good. So there is nothing to it, I didn’t see it as anything from day one, I asked God to help me and give me the courage and He did.
Every step, every process was difficult because a lot of things they told me were enough for me to say I wasn’t doing again.
If I should think about the cut, the pain affects some people psychologically because it goes to your brain and you can easily go mad if you are not strong enough.
Even till now I still feel the pain, there are some positions you cannot sleep like you can’t sleep on your right side for too long, you can’t sleep on your left or face up. I still feel the pain but now it’s not the pain but the joy that everything is ok that keeps me going.
- Did you face challenges from your family at all?
My dad was like what do we do, even if we tell you not to do it you will still go ahead, so let’s not waste time. It’s not just the fact that it’s OJB; he is my husband, the father of my children.
I don’t know the reason I will not give him, there’s no reason I shouldn’t give him if I am the perfect match for it.
- Apart from God, who would you be grateful to?
The reaction of Nigerians brought tears to my eyes because I was like yes, he needed help, and he said it.
But I wasn’t expecting the massive response from people; everybody was coming from far and wide. Even people I don’t even know, people that he had helped longtime ago and has forgotten about it came.
Governor Fashola himself, Lagos state as a whole and even the Governor of Cross River state. It was too much. In fact I want to say a big thank you to Nigerians, everybody and even you people that are here because it is something.
Every contribution and penny went a long a way. I want to say thank you to everybody, yes God really used a lot of people.
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