By Atinuke Seun-Ige
Miss Praise Oluwadamilola Olugola was born on August 22, 2003 to the family of Pastor and Mrs Olugola. A student of Acme Private School, Agbede, Ikorodu, Lagos, Praise was preparing for West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) exams when she developed an ailment known as sinonasal tumor. Unfortunately, in the family’s move to get funds for medication, 17-year-old Praise became a subject of scam.
Her father, Pastor Olugbenga Daniel Olugola, said the family had spent over five million naira and more still to spend as her left eye has been affected. She can only see with only one eye now.
While Miss Praise was in pain during this ailment, her pastor father was compelled to reach out to the public via social media for help as things got too hard and the family could no longer cope with the financial burden of getting medical treatment for her.
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