Dr. Ofweneke: My Late Mother Abandoned Me When I Was One Week Old

Celebrated media personality and comedian Dr. Ofweneke has opened up about growing up with a deep sense of bitterness after being abandoned by his mother when he was just one week old.

In a candid interview on the Iko Nini Podcast, the outspoken comedian shared that his mother left home shortly after his birth, leaving him in the care of his father and other relatives.

Ofweneke recalled meeting his late mother years later, when he was in Form Three. Despite her efforts to mend their strained relationship, he found it difficult to forgive her due to the hardships he had endured.

His mother tried to reconnect with him by buying him clothes and spending quality time together. However, the pain from his past made it challenging for Ofweneke to let go of his resentment.

“My mother left when I was one week old, may God rest her soul in peace. My dad was a single father for about three or four years before sending me to live with relatives. I met my mother again when I was in Form Three. She tried hard to mend our relationship because I had grown up with a lot of bitterness due to the life I had experienced. Moving from one relative to another, spending some time on the streets, and even attempting suicide—all these things made me feel like there was a void that needed to be filled,” he narrated.

Ofweneke also revealed that he did not cry at his mother’s funeral. Before her death, she had tried to contact him, but the TV star ignored her attempts. It wasn’t until he experienced a split from his first wife that he realized his own children might go through similar struggles.