Nigerian-British born footballer, Odubajo, reveals how he started fending for himself at 13 after he was orphaned

1471, Moses Odubajo

Nigerian-British born footballer, Moses Odubajo overcame a tough childhood.

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The Premiership League’s star and his older siblings, grew up without their parents after they lost their mother, Esther, when he(Moses) was 13.

Moses as a boy with his mother, Esther
Moses as a boy with his mother, Esther

“They were tough times but we never felt sorry for ourselves, that’s not the way mum raised us. She just got on with life, so we did too.

“Mum brought us up to be independent and there was no way we wanted to be separated in children’s or foster homes.
“We wanted to stay together so we managed to hide what was going on from everyone, including teachers,” the
23-year-old Hull City defender told Mirror.

A former nurse, Late Esther grew up in Nigeria, and ran a sexual health advice centre for youngsters in Peckham . In 2005, she contracted malaria in Ghana where she went for charity work.

In 2006, Moses’ mum died of malaria at 45, leaving him, his two siblings, and their stepdad behind.

“Wherever mum is, she’ll be proud and happy to see we’ve done so well,” the defender who joined Hull City for £3.5million on a three-year deal told the British tabloid.

Read full story: Premier League star’s amazing rise after fending for himself since being orphaned at 13

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