Like any other teenager, she is a bright, happy girl who one day dreams of one day opening her own shop. But after being born with a mystery condition, Rahma Haruna has no limbs and suffers constant pain, as she lives most of her life in a plastic bowl, which her family transport her around in.
Her mother Fadi said: “From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn’t learn how to crawl.
“She started with a fever and that was it. Then stomach pains. Then her body parts like hands and legs. She cannot use any if the ache strikes.”
For much of her life Rahma’s family would carry her in her bowl, with her brother Fahad taking her into Kano each day to beg for handouts. However, last year a journalist, Ibrahim Jirgi, gave the family a wheelchair. Protective Fahad confessed: “I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do, and taking her out every day. I feel happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them.”
Even though Rahma has had some medical consultations, her illness is yet to be diagnosed. Some professionals have told the family that they believe the teen has been struck down by a jinn, a supernatural being from Islamic mythology.
Rahma’s father, Hussaini, explained: 'I’ve spent 15 years searching for the cure. I farm, go to the market and lots more looking for money to pay for her bills. “I sold almost everything in my possession. I have spent more than one million naira (£2,600), so far. Only God knows the real amount of what I had spent.'
She recently received some generous gifts after being featured in the local press such as a donation of a wheelchair - and they have already made a big difference. Her mother added: 'He snapped our photo and it was published in the local papers. Since then we have been getting help from people.'
And despite the daily challenges Rahma faces, the brave teenager is full of hope for her future and dreams of opening her own shop. She said: 'I thank God in everything I do. I want to start a business. A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want.'