I Lost My Father At 12 - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Recounts Her Life Struggles


Nollywood actress, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, has been rated as the "Angelina Jolie" of Nigeria. The rating was done by an American cinematographer, Keith L. smith. 

Omotola shared the post on social media with a caption to celebrate the girl child. She in her post recounted how she lost her father at a tender age of 12 and being trained by a community of Ondo men.

She wrote on her experience as a girl child growing up without a father, the harassment she went through and the responsibility of taking care of her widowed mother till she passed on.

"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, I started struggling to help my widowed mother. I started working in the Entertainment Industry. "While going to school, and working,  I faced many challenges as a female child... talk of being loose, perhaps being a prostitute, lack of freedom to mingle like male counterparts, rumours and fear of slander, sexual harassments", she recalled.

"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 Iyana-Ipaja little girl did take care for her widowed mum till she died, took care of her younger brothers... they are in marriage stages now and that little girl is taking care of herself and her own family now, taking care of a few people she is privileged to be able to help", she added.

Today, Omotola has worked, spoken, been awarded on World stages and has been compared to the people she admired while 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"


Culled from www.naij.com

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