Addicted and financially unstable
Dudu started drinking alcohol heavily and then smoking cigarettes when she was supposed to be studying to become a teacher at a college.
"I used to drink occasionally with my friends and two sisters, but my alcohol intake became an addiction when I was in college. I used my pocket money to buy alcohol and cigarettes. We sometimes drank at home when my parents were at work and went to nightclubs on weekends. I drank the whole night and went back home the following day," said Dudu.
After she completed her studies, she found a job as a teacher, but spent her salary on her addiction.
"I could not save money or buy myself things I wanted because I wasted all my money on alcohol with friends. After working for two years as a teacher, my parents encouraged me to further my studies. I then resigned and studied for a bachelor’s degree in teaching for two years. I found another job, but I continued spending money on alcohol and smoking. I realised that my finances were not improving, but it was not easy to quit alcohol and cigarettes on my own," said Dudu.
In 1994 she was invited to the Universal Church and attended the services because she wanted God to change her life. She took part in the chains of prayer on Fridays for her deliverance from alcohol and on Sundays for her spiritual development.
"I attended the chains of prayer faithfully because I wanted God to change my life. I surrendered my life to God and practised His Word. That same year I was able to quit smoking. The following year I completely stopped drinking. My finances improved because I was able to save money and buy myself a car after two years in the church. In 2016, I retired and received my pension fund. I bought another car, a Renault Captur, and I took over a family farm business where we plough sugar cane and sell trees. I am now enjoying the fruit of my labour in the presence of God," said Dudu.