Pulse Nigeria Poll: Readers say Marvin should marry a teenager he impregnated

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A sad and depressed woman

30% of Pulse Nigeria Poll voters say Henrietta should make sure Marvin gets married to her daughter after impregnating her.

Henrietta, a 48-year-old single mother had been single-handedly raising her two teenage children after divorcing her abusive husband 15 years ago.

She had vowed never to get married again but when Marvin came into her life like a knight in shining armor, she lost her balance and decided to give him a chance.

But Marvin did the unthinkable by getting her own daughter pregnant and all hell has now been let loose. What should she do?

Read her story here:

"My name is Henrietta, a 48-year-old single mother with two teenage children. I got divorced from their father about 15 years ago and since then, I have laboured alone to take care of them and make sure they do not lack the love they could get from a father.

I left my husband because he was not only cheating on me but also maltreated me, so much that I was hospitalized on many occasions. My former husband would beat me up at the slightest provocation and often threatened to kill me.

The last straw was when he impregnated my best friend and openly told me if I could not stay with his new wife under the same roof, I could leave. He practically threw me out of his house in the middle of the night with practically nothing.

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I had to start from the scratch and the treatment I got made me hate men, so much that I vowed never to get married again. I promised to live for my children and I have been taking up the responsibilities of a father and a mother to them.

After staying away from men for so long, I decided to go into a relationship with a man I met at our company's end of the year party last year.

Marvin not only stood by me in difficult times but took my children as his own and helped me in so many ways. Though I loved Marvin so much, I told him from the beginning that marriage was out of the way because of my past experiences.

He seemed to respect my stance, especially when I told him he is free to get married once he finds a woman he wanted to live with.

However, we shared a common bond and with our love waxing stronger, I came to depend so much on him.

One thing I was happy about the setting was that my children seemed to like him a lot and looked up to him as they would their father. At first, I was very happy that my 18-year-old and Marvin were very close.

He would visit her in school even without telling me, only for her to call and tell me he had visited and brought some things for her.

Whenever she came home for holidays, Marvin would take her to the cinemas, eateries and the beaches. I was still basking in my blissful ignorance when I found out that my daughter was pregnant.

It started when she came home during a holiday and I noticed she was becoming lazy, putting on weight and sleeping most of the time.

When I asked her what was wrong with her, she told me she had a bout of malaria and I took her to the hospital for treatment.

But when the sickness refused to subside, I became worried and asked her if she was pregnant but she vehemently denied being pregnant. I had to force her to our family doctor where tests were conducted and it turned out she was three months pregnant.

I was devastated and asked her who was responsible but she refused to say a thing. It was when I invited my younger brother whom she fears to interrogate her that she opened up that it was Marvin that got her pregnant.

I fainted on hearing the news and was only revived after several hours. My brother later went to Marvin's house and raised so much hell. He got Marvin arrested and detained.

He confessed that he had been sleeping with my daughter, begging me for forgiveness and blaming the devil.

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Now my problems are what to do with the disgrace my daughter has put me into and the abomination of having to share my lover with my own daughter. I am against abortion but with the complication, don't you think the best thing to do is to get my daughter to terminate the pregnancy?

Henrietta."

The teaser for the day was:

What do you think Henrietta should do in this situation?

How Nigeria voted:

Henrietta should make sure her daughter aborts the baby - 21%

Henrietta should just live with the situation and pray for a solution - 21%

Henrietta should never force her daughter to have an abortion - 29%

Henrietta should make sure Marvin marry her daughter - 30%

What would be your vote here?



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