Yesterday was the International Girl Child Day. And as expected, some of Nigeria’s most famous women took out time to commemorate it. One of those was actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who, in a lengthy Instagram post talked about the challenges she faced as a teenager following her father’s untimely death, as well as the stigmatisation and sexual harassments she had to endure upon choosing to work in the entertainment industry.
“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 with 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 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 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 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.
#Educationiskey #Educationbreedsconfidence #Ressilience #deligience #Girlchild #Internationaldayofgirlchild #impossibleisNothing
Following in Omotola’s footsteps, another Nollywood diva (Stella Damascus) also shared something on her Instagram page to commemorate the special day for girls around the world.
In the video, she could be seen doing a monologue of an imaginary bride child whose innocence was forcefully taken away from her on her wedding night. She was just nine years old, and all of her dreams of becoming educated and useful with her life was dashed even as she was forced to know the meaning of wife.
Meanwhile, [controversial] blogger Kemi Olunloyo also took to Instagram to issue a bold statement to the world. She said- “Stop cutting our #clitories. Let GIRLS BE GIRLS!! Thank u #28tomany and @endcuttinggirls for inspiring me.”
This is not the first time Nigerian power women have used the occasion of the International Girl Child Day to either share their personal struggles to success or voice their unequivocal support for females every place. Last year, singer Waje narrated how she rose above the drug and prostitution that characterised her growing up days to become the superstar that she is today.