|Cobhams Asuquo's mum|
Gladys Asuquo; the mother of talented singer, voice-over artiste and producer, Cobhams Asuquo, has emerged winner of the third edition of the Supermom reality show.
The ex-clerical officer in the Nigerian army edged out finalists Mrs Taibat Omobonike (Fuji artiste, Obesere’s mother) and (rapper, Skales’ mother) to win the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to Dubai and N2m cash which she is expected to donate to a charity organization of her choice.
The first and second runners-up are also expected to be on the all-expense paid trip to Dubai while also getting N1m and N500, 000 cash respectively which would also be donated to a charity of their choice. Other runners up are Julius Agwu and Tony Tetuila’s mothers, who would get an appreciable cash prize too, the organisers, Digital Interactive Media, have announced.
Mrs Asuquo was introduced into the reality show in the 11th episode and it narrated how a blind kid turned his disability to a success story. Born like other normal children, Cobhams seemed perfectly normal until about three months after his birth when she began to notice his awkwardness.
She took him to the University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan from where they were referred to a hospital in Kano. There, her worst fears were confirmed; her son had been blind from the womb and nothing could be done to restore his sight. “It wasn’t easy watching Cobhams do chores around the house and run errands like my other children but I resolved to make him as independent and capable of achieving anything he sets hismind to do. I showed him where his box of clothes was and would ask him to go get his clothes after bathing him,” Mrs Asuquo says. These trainings came in handy when he had to move into the boarding school for his secondary education. As he grew up, his predilection for music started coming to the fore.
She recalls, “He would beat on anything he could lay his hands on so I encouraged him by buying him musical toys. Cobhams never went to school to learn to play any music instrument; I think it was just an escape route for him.”
Since it began airing on May 26th, viewers had keenly followed the sacrifices of 20 Nigerian celebrities namely Cobhams, Skales, Obesere, Foluke Daramola, Flavour Nabania, Mr. Olu of the Yahooze fame, Ice K, one half of the enduring duo, Artquake, Kennis Music act, Jaywon, Tony Tetuila and acclaimed female drummer, Ara. Other celebrities were On-Air-personality and consummate theatre artist, Yaw; actors, Femi Adebayo, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Kunle Afolayan; and comedians, Seyi Law and Julius Agwu. Like contemporary gospel artiste, Kenny Saint Best and bulky DJ Humility, the Nollywood producer popularly known as Mr. Prolific, also shared the story of his mother’s sacrifices while nurturing him to adulthood.
The 13-week show, which aired on the AIT network and primetime belts of many terrestrial television stations, came to an exciting end last weekend. While it lasted, the Supermom Celebrity Show emerged one of the most exciting and engaging experiences in the history of reality television shows in Nigeria.