To commemorate the 2017 International Day of the girl-child, several female celebrities took to social media to write about how personal experiences, the need to encourage the girl child in every community, tribe or language and other encouraging words.
However the one that seemingly caught the attention of Nigerians when it went viral was a personal account of Nollywood Actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
Unlike the ‘Aje-butter’ impression many have about her, Omotola popularly christened the “Angelina Jolie of Nollywood industry” painted a gloomy picture of her humble beginning in Iyana Ipaja, a Lagos suburb.
This is what she wrote on her instagram page…
“On today’s girl child day, I’ll do an unusual post true to me. As a child I lost my father age 12. Sponsored by a great community of Ondo men, the #Ekimogun club, so I continue my education.
At age 15, started struggling to help my widowed mother. I started working in the Entertainment Industry. While going to school, and working, faced many challenges as a female child… talks of being loose, perhaps being a prostitute, lack of freedom to mingle like male counterparts, rumours and fear of slander, sexual harassment…
But one of my early dreams was to be great at whatever I chose and be side by side with the best in the World. I’m Not totally there yet, but.. That 12 years old Iyana Ipaja little girl did take care of her widowed mum till she died, took care of her younger brothers… they are in marriage stages now, taking care of herself and her own family, taking care of a few people she is privileged to be able to.
She has worked, spoken and been awarded on world stages, and has been compared to the people she admired when growing up from other parts of the world… She’s still a work in progress but…
Don’t You dare Underestimate the possibilities of a girl Child!
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