Sometimes the simplest words can have the most profound impact. Mrs Obejoniko shares a few thoughts that can help bring in some light in times of darkness
Um, would you like to introduce yourself?
I’m Mrs Obejoniko. I am the library assistant over in the library and the learning hub.
When and where were you born?
I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.
One significant memory from your childhood?
Moved out to the country when I was in high school. A small country town, and um, we lived in a tent for six months before we actually bought our own house.
Are there any funny stories that your family usually tells you?
Any funny stories?
Uh… when I was a little toddler in New Zealand, I used to pinch my sister’s makeup.
How would you describe yourself when you were in school?
Helpful, friendly. Uh… a bit stern at times, but anyway [laughs].
Was there a teacher who had a particular influence on your life?
No, I had a number of teachers that helped me out and talked me through things, so yeah.
What dreams did you have when you were younger?
I wanted to become a doctor.
Did your parents have any dreams for you when you were growing up?
Uh… my mother just wanted me to get married and have children and be happy.
Um, is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time?
Travelling the world.
Have you been able to achieve that dream?
Ah, I’m doing it in baby steps. I’ve got a lot of time.
Can you tell me about the time when you have shown strength?
Yes, um… getting used to becoming a mother for the first time.
What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome?
Helping my children overcome certain adversities and problems that we face in our life.
If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
Hang in there, it gets better.
Are there any accomplishments that you’re proud of in your life?
Um… yes, becoming a mother and getting to where I am today.
Is there anything you would like to know about me?
Yes! Where were you born?
New Zealand! Where abouts in New Zealand?
Um, Hawke’s Bay.
Oh yeah! North Island. Oh, nice. Oh, ok… and how long have you been here?
My whole life.
Yeah? Pretty much just like me [laughs]. And you’re happy, you like school?
That is good.