Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has become one of the biggest names in Nollywood thanks to her undeniable talent. The actress did not have it very easy growing up as a child. In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, Omotola opens up on how she struggled to become a successful woman.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, the star actress wrote losing her father at age 12, trying to support her mother and being burdened with rumours and fears of slander. She wrote:
“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,”
For her role in ‘Alter Ego’, the actress was awarded the ‘Best Actress’ award by the Nollywood Travel Film Festival in Toronto