Chidinma was born in a very poor family . Her mother was one of those women who made a living by digging up stones or rocks and using hammer to break them into small pieces and selling to tipper drivers. it was a difficult job yet she barely make enough money to cater for her four children.
Her husband who was a roadside vulcanizer had died when Chidinma, his first child was twelve years old. It was obvious that Chidinma was no stranger to poverty and want.
Chidinma was in primary 5 when her father died and even when he was alive, Chidinma and her siblings then were always the last to pay their school fees. She could not count the number of times she and her siblings were jeered at by the other pupils when the teachers had called them out in front of the whole school when they still owed the school even fee days to the closing date and after they had been warned not to come to school
She had hated going to school because of the embarrassment but her father had always given her letters to the headmistress pleading for extra time.