Mofoluwasho Monisola Liasu is a Nigerian lawyer who runs a foundation known as The Super Parents Foundation. This is a non- governmental organisation supporting vulnerable persons especially parents of children with disabilities, children with disabilities and persons with disabilities. She creates via this noble platform, awareness on the myth and facts of disabilities and sensitise people in showing emphathy to children and persons with disabilities. In this interview with Biodun Owoeye, Monisola speaks about the foundation and other sundry issues. Excerpt
Kindly introduce yourself
My name is Mofoluwasho Monisola Liasu. I am the fourth of six children in my family. I graduated as a lawyer from the University of Lagos. I run a foundation called The Super Parents Foundation.
What was your growing up like
Growing up was just like an average Nigerian child. We had our highs and lows. It was an average family
Tell us about Super Parents Foundation
Super Parent Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that focuses on supporting vulnerable persons especially parents of children with disabilities, children with disabilities and persons with disabilities. We also create awareness on the myth and facts of disabilities and sensitise people in showing emphathy to children and persons with disabilities.
How did you come about the concept of Super parents
I saw the pains of parents of children with disabilities so I decided to take it up and advocate for this cause
For our super kids,who is best to help at home, family or external nanny
Everyone should be involved in caring for the super kids. It’s not easy for just the parents, support from all corners is needed
Do you have a special child
No I don’t have a special needs child but now I have many adopted ones
Due to so much abuse here and there,how do we teach our children sex education
We teach them by talking to them the best way we can, we have to be very close to our children and subtly teach them the signs of dangers, do’s and dont’s without being explicit about it.
Is it advisable to send these children to the boarding school
Decision of a boarding school is left to the parents. As long as it’s not an intention to abandon them there. They should just ensure they are getting the best care there
Is it adivisable to send them for holiday or sleep over
They are children first before disabilities so they should enjoy their childhood. They can go for sleepovers as long as it’s safe for them.
Given your experience recommending schools for parents, what have you found about the relationship between cost and quality
Sometimes cost matters because of up to date facilities but choosing the right school for a child especially who has a disability is beyond cost but attitude of the school in general to disability or child with disability
Does the cost of a school necessarily determine how good it is
No I don’t agree that cost of school necessarily determine the quality.
What are your challenges
Motherhood is challenging especially that you don’t have all the time to yourself but I will not exchange it for the world
What is your favorite color
What food can you kiss for
No food in particular. I like pounded yam
What are your turn offs
Dishonesty and Pride
How do you unwind
I rarely unwind but I drop my phone, sleep or go out with family and friends
Tell us about this years event.
The coming event is tagged ‘THIS’ Ability Family Fun Fair. It’s an inclusive event for everyone with different abilities to come together , share experiences, mingle and have fun. For everyone to appreciate differences