By Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh and Precious Ukeje
The Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, last Monday, lent a helping hand to the elderly woman in a viral video, published by Fides, Mrs. Maria Nwaobachili.
The woman in the video published on Fides Facebook page and reposted on several platforms by other social media users, it will be recalled, had cried out for help from public spirited individuals, complaining of the difficulties she faced as a result of the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic.
The lawmaker reached Mrs. Nwaobachili through two of her staff members, Nonso Chukwudebe Ezennia, Director, Media and Publicity; and Barrister Noel Udeoji, Director for Coordination and Mobilization.
Ezennia who described Sen. Oduah as a humanitarian, thanked Fides Media for bringing Madam Nwaobachili’s issue to the limelight, adding that the senator would not have known of such situation if the paper had not published the report.
‘It was just last week Thursday that the Senator called to say that she saw a most disturbing video put out by Fides, and she didn’t allow anybody sleep. She said she had to see Mama. I’m sure you must have seen what she put out on the social media, saying she wanted to see her.
‘That’s why we are here. The Senator sent us here specifically to drop a message: that in her, Mama has a daughter. She doesn’t need to be worried again. That from now henceforth, she’s going to take care of her,’ Ezennia said.
He disclosed that minutes before the arrival of the press, Mama Nwaobachili had had what he described as an interesting conversation with the Senator. He further described the elderly woman as very charming, adding it was where she found attraction.
The Senator’s Media Aide, praised Fides for doing the kind of story many media outfits ignored and which lacked human angle. She said it was the reason Mama’s story gained popularity.
‘Everybody can relate to this story: you have a mother, you have a woman who says she doesn’t have kids, at least, everybody watching what Fides put out has a mother; they can relate. There’s a human element,’ he explained.
He advised journalists to go for stories that had human element, adding that they could never go wrong with such.
Noting that Sen. Oduah had been a humanitarian long before entering into politics, he said she was the first leader in the South east to provide post-COVID palliative to her people, in which half of the beneficiaries were widows.
Barr. Udeoji, who described Fides Media as phenomenal, said he would not hesitate to nominate Fides for an award, owing to that story, noting that the Senator would not have know about such situation if the publication had not been made.