My name is Sade. I am 13. My parents live in Osun State. They could not take care of me and my 4 brothers. So I came to live with my aunty and uncle in Lagos. I’ve been here since June last year. I was very lonely when I first came to Lagos.
My aunty and uncle have three big sons. My aunty travels a lot for her business. So I wasn’t very close to her. I felt I had no one to talk to. When I started my period last month, I didn’t know who to tell.
Then I met Rita! She came to my school last term and she became my seat partner. I was so happy. She’s really nice and also brilliant. I tell her everything. Even when I have problems with boys in school.
Since we are the same age, Rita said she can’t help me all the time. She said I need an older person to talk to. She said I should talk to my aunty. That just because my aunty travels does not mean we can’t be close. I was a little scared, but I told my aunty about my period last week. She was great! She told me all about what was happening with my body. Even some stuff Rita did not know!!
Rita showed me that I don’t have to be scared to share my problems. Even if my aunty is away, I can now talk to the guidance counselor at our school. I have found people I can trust. Even my big cousin, Brother Mark. Sometimes, I go to him for advice about boys.
Now I know I shouldn’t keep quiet if something is wrong. If I have a problem or am scared, there are people who can help me.
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