There's a 132-year-old woman living in Nigeria. But according to Guinness World Records, the oldest living person on earth is 116-year-old Emman Morano from Verbani, Italy.
It's either the woman doesn't remember the exact year she was born or GWR have never been informed about her.
Meet Madam Veronica Uloko, a 132-year-old super-centenarian from Iyamho community, Etsako clan, Edo State,
Madam Uloko, who is blind and can no longer walk, is begging God to take her life because of the agony she has been undergoing over the loss of three of her seven children, especially her 73-year-old son that died in August, this year.
She spoke to Niger Delta Voice, NDV, at Iyamho through her 71-year-old son, Obanor, who served as interpreter during the interview.
Obanor said his elder sister is 84 years old. He added that the death of his 73-year-old elder brother affected the health of their mother, who does not want to live while her children die.
Madam Uloko - I was childless for 12 years
“I married at the age of 18 at Olueke. When I was at Olueke, I spent 12 years without a child. So my father advised me to leave the marriage since I could not have any issue with the man. So I came back to my father’s house and spent another four years before I met my husband that we had the four children together.
“In fact, before I got married to my second husband, he had nine children already with another woman. We are very happy to have longevity in our family. People in my father’s community, Iyamho, enjoy long life. My father was 87 years before he died; he was the oldest man in Afowa village before he died.
“I thank God for giving me long life and that is all I pray for people today, but I am no longer enjoying it due to the death of my son.”
Her son, Obanor, added:
“I am the only one taking care of her now, my wife has been sick and so, I take care of both of them. Sometimes, her daughter that stays in Canada sends money for her upkeep, which is what I always spend. I just gave her afternoon food before you came. We tried to wash her clothes today, but she said we should wait till after seven days.
“She always plans her programme, my mother’s father was a native doctor, and then whatever he tells you will surely come to pass. She was following the father, so when my grandfather died, my mother was very close to him. She used to be the one carrying bags for his father and as at then, they trek to Agenebode on foot. My grandfather was a popular man, anybody who is very sick, they will call him to come and heal the person.
"My mother will carry the bag and follow my grandfather. If any child has convulsion, my mother cures it.
"I am glad we are still alive today. My mother is a very good woman, but do not do her anything evil. She is always praying for everybody to live longer than her. She does not like evil and that is why she is old today. Our eldest sister today is 84, while I am 71. So you can see that God blessed us with age and we are grateful.”