Actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett has revealed how she grew to become a mom on the age of 15, dropped out at 16, grew to become a widow at 52 and raped on the age of 65.
The 79-year-old recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), made the revelation in a latest interview with TheNation.
Based on her: “I’ve been via the hearth, I emerged fortified. I used to be 15 years previous once I had a toddler. By 16, I used to be by myself. I knew I used to be going to get a superb schooling. I used to be going to be a lawyer.
However I knew that I used to be by myself. My household disowned me. I married one David Akinduro in 1959 after I relocated to the U.Ok, however I left him as a consequence of home violence.
I met Thomas Lycett lengthy after I divorced my first husband. Finally I married him. We had a blissful marriage. He died once I was 52-years-old. I keep in mind him on a regular basis.
He was the one which informed me that I used to be higher off being an actor. In 2006, I used to be robbed and raped in my home in Egbe. I used to be tied. I used to be overwhelmed. I used to be brutalized. My well being was ruined.
I used to be blindfolded and raped. The person who raped me complained that he couldn’t achieve simple entry into me as a result of I wasn’t moist. I informed him ‘widows don’t get moist.’
I stored speaking to them and requested them repeatedly, ‘Are you doing this to your mom?’ Angrily, they taped my mouth however I remained fearless and prayed all via the assault.
The police got here. They anticipated me to pursue the case. I knew the masterminds. I might have gotten them incarcerated however I merely moved on.
Have a look at me at the moment, I’m over it. See, the thoughts is a stupendous factor. If you maintain on to previous harm, you tie your self right down to grief. You get contaminated with its poison.
Slightly than wallow in grief and self-pity, I picked myself up and sought medical assist, making certain that they hadn’t contaminated me with any STD.. That very same yr, the Obasanjo authorities bought me the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) nationwide honour.
Few years later, One among them got here to prostrate earlier than me, pleading for my forgiveness. I informed him to hunt forgiveness from God. I informed him that I had moved on.”