Little Kehinde; the youngest hero

As kids we all had our heroes , my sisters always struggled to be one of the characters in Powerpuff Girls, thinking of it now I never bothered to find out their reason but I guess it had to do with their ability to save Townsville. So who was/is your hero? Funny enough there’s really no age specification, social status or ethnicity to qualify one.
I met a hero Kehinde Olaniyi on the 20th of May 2013 who I named Little Kenny, he was barely a month old but you could see his fighting spirit, regardless of the Doctor’s report, people’s deep stare at his physical and health challenges he remained resolute to see another day. I did a post on his story and in less than 3 days over 6,000 people had read it; I could see empathy and unity irrespective of religion or location. Everyone who read it had one purpose and that was to see Little Kenny’s restoration. We had been told the surgery was going to cost N3,000,000.00 in Nigeria but with the help of everyone we all raised funds to have the surgery done in India.

Little Kenny (L) and his twin Taiye
Little Kenny (L) and his twin Taiye

Eight consultants with a plastic surgeon attended to him and they ran a series of test on him. His fighting spirit was evident once again, at the end of the day he was able to start experiencing feelings in some areas he couldn’t in the past, he had visible veins. Oh dear!!! Little Kenny started putting on weight while undergoing physiotherapy in Nigeria. He was billed to return to India in three (3) months, I was supposed to give a situation report on his progress only to find out he died on the 1st of Oct.
I cried and was tempted to ask God questions but in the midst of my grief my sister said “He was too good for this world”. I choose to believe her. Little Kenny your sojourn here was short but you gave many people the opportunity to be a source of blessing. Almost everyone who gave something never saw you but they went ahead and gave, you taught us the true meaning of LOVE. There were no headlines in the National Dailies with the amounts they gave, isn’t that what Matthew 6 teaches us “Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them” They gave, not expecting anything in return.

I know you’ve gone to rest in Heaven and you’re a constant testament of men’s good deeds to you while you were on earth. To everyone who contributed in one way or the other be rest assured your name is mentioned to Our Heavenly Father in Heaven, He saw your secret deeds. Please let us continue to uphold his twin Taiye, family and Alaba his angel in human form. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.


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