Thursday, 12 October 2017

"At 15, started struggling to help my widowed mother"- Actress Omotola opens up on her beginnings



Veteran Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has opened up on her beginnings in an affecting Instagram post, in celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Omotola wrote about losing her father at age 12, trying to support her mother, being burdened with rumours and fears of slander and a lack of freedom her male counterparts did not have.

But she triumphed, supporting her mother until she passed, she wrote. “Don’t you dare underestimate the possibilities of a girl child.”

See the text and the post below:

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 could 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 harassments…

But one of my early dreams was to be great at whatever I chose and be side by side the best in the World. I’m Not totally there yet, … but..

That 12 year old iyanaipaja 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 their own family, taking care of a few people she is privileged to be able to.

She has worked, spoken on, 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…

Dont You dare Underestimate the possibilities of a girl Child.



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 could 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 harassments... but one of my early dreams was to be great at whatever I chose and be side by side the best in the World. I'm Not totally there yet, ... but.. That 12 years old iyanaipaja 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 on, 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... Dont You dare Underestimate the possibilities of a girl Child. #Educationiskey #Educationbreedsconfidence #Ressilience #deligience #Girlchild #internationaldayofgirlchild #impossibleisNothing
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