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As the world marks the “Girl Chid Day”, veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jolade, has opened up on her challenging time while growing up after losing her father at a tender age.
Actress Omotola Jalade
In a bid to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child on Wednesday, popular Nollywood actress, Omotola Jolade, revealed that she had a very challenging time growing up after losing her father at a tender age and had to work from age 15 to support her mother.
Taking to her Instagram page the veteran actress shared her story and 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 #Ekimogunclub, 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, faced many challenges as a female child. There were talks of being loose, perhaps being a prostitute, lack of freedom to mingle like male counterparts, rumours and fear of slander, sexual harassments.
“However, 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 of her widowed mum till she died, took care of her younger brothers who are in marriage stages now.
“She is 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 don’t you dare underestimate the possibilities of a Girl Child.“