Meet British Nurse Nkechi Rosalind Colewell Who Served in Nigeria For 35 years
Facebook user, Uche Anyanwagu, has many Nigerians in touch with their altruist nature after sharing the story of Nkechi Rosalind Cowell, a British nurse who served in Nigeria for 35 years.
Anyanwagu met her at a church in London recently and many things including her command of the Igbo language left him in awe. Long when missionaries flocked Nigeria, many settled in the eastern region and some chose to remain, live with the locals and become part of a new culture. One of such was Nkechi Rosalind Cowell, who as a young nurse then served in Leper Colony, in Uzuakoli area of Abia State. For 35 years, the British nurse left her home in England and chose to treat mentally ill patients in Abia. She opened a home for the mentally ill in Amaudo, Itumbauzo. With perseverance, hard work and dedication, she provided medical care and successfully rehabilitated some who later found their way back into society. Some of her patients also learnt new skills and became productive members of the society. Unfortunately, while still serving and treating people, she suffered a stroke that left her paralysed from her waist down, confining her to a wheelchair. Left with no option, she relocated back to the United Kingdom to get proper medical care. Even though she now lives in the UK, Anyanwagu who shared her story suggested that her heart is still in Nigeria. Not only does she still eat eastern delicacies as reported by her sister, she longs to return home and still converses fluently in Igbo when she sees a speaking mate.The name 'Nkechi' was given to her by Late Pa Herbert Osoka. Due to her sacrifice and selflessness, the community in which she served gave her a chieftaincy title and the methodist church alos knighted her.
Read Anyanwagu's post below: