A popular singer in Africa recently opened up about her troubled early life and the temptations that she faced to abort her daughter.
Lady Bee, a Kenyan gospel singer (not to be confused with American hip hop artist Lady B), said she got pregnant while she was still in high school, the news outlet Tuko reports. Her family’s poverty and societal pressures led her to consider aborting her unborn child, but she rejected the temptation and gave birth to her daughter, Yvonne.
Lady Bee, whose real name is Bernice Nduku, shared her story on Facebook:
“I gave birth to this princess at a very young age, and those days if you’re pregnant and you’re young, you became the talk of the town. Parents used to warn their children to not associate themselves with such girls and you become an outcast and the thing that came on your mind was an abortion. But I thank God He never allowed that to happen.
“Every day I thank God for He has good plans for everyone.
“God provided in a very special way, the dad passed when she was about to join class 1 but I didn’t know that My God is the Father of the fatherless. Today my princess is at the university, glory to God.
“You might be reading this and you feel like giving up because of many things around your life, your life is in a mess nothing is making sense. God’s ways are so different from our ways, as long as you don’t lose hope, your testimony is coming. God is not a favorism God. He will make a way for you too for the glory of His Mighty Name.”
The gospel singer had a difficult early life. Nduku grew up in poverty and dropped out of school when she became pregnant, according to an interview with Standard Media. She began a secular singing career while raising her daughter as a single mom. But her life spiraled into self-destruction as she got hooked on drugs and alcohol, she said.
Several years ago, Nduku had a conversion experience and became a Christian, according to the interview. Since then, she has given up her destructive lifestyle and become a gospel music artist.
“I made the decision to turn around my life when I realized I was destroying myself. Something in my heart told me I could do better in the kingdom of God,” she said. “If it was stardom, I was already there. If it was music, I was already doing it big, but I realized it was not about the fame nor how big I am, but how big He (God) is.”
“Temptations abound and many have asked if I will really hold on to Jesus when the storms come, but I know He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it,” Nduku said.