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How I Almost Became A Prostitute After Losing My Dad At Age 12 – Omotola Jalade

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Popular Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has opened up concerning the effects of her dad’s death on her.

Omotola, speaking in an exclusive interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo,  stated that she never had the chance to develop a close relationship with her late father adding that  before his death, she barely even knew him.
She said: “I just started to see a crowd when I got to my street and I knew, definitely there’s been a death. So going through the crowd, the mental process till I got to my compound, and my compound was very big. And all these people, it was like a movie. I had to walk through their midst. And as you’re walking, everyone is turning to look at you, some wailing. Some looking in slow motion, I still remember the feeling. And I kept thinking, who’s going to greet me first? Who am I going to strike off the list? Then I saw my younger brothers. Then, I walked up the stairs and saw my mom. Then I froze because it now dawned on me that it was my dad. And so, I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know if it was the guilt of me thinking it shouldn’t be him. I was too young to process it. Or the fact that I have truly missed him, and now that he’s dead; I won’t see him again? Or that I’m angry I didn’t get to spend enough time with him. He didn’t spend enough time with me because I was shipped to Kaduna. So, I didn’t know how I was feeling. And so, I was just there, numb. I was really numb.”
Omotola, further stated that having to face such reality at such a young age, she  “nearly broke” and she attributed  her fearlessness and confidence to the “life-changing” occurrence.

She added: “And now that I’m older, I think I understand it but then, I didn’t. So I just became emotionless and it has affected me till this day. There’s hardly anything you say that can move me. I am so confident of who I am that….’You no reach’. I mean, I’ve said it to presidents before who have invited me. ‘No, I don’t respect you’ because I don’t fear anybody.”

She further disclosed that she nearly turned to prostitution to make sure that no one was able to succeed in tearing her brothers apart from one another because she anticipated the necessity of caring for her brothers and protecting them from people who would want to separate them.

“I think I probably would have become a prostitute today because I was that desperate. I got to a point and I said to myself, ‘I’d rather sell my body than for anyone to take my younger brothers apart,” she added.

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