Nigerian singer and celebrity photographer, TY Bello, has shared her story revealing that she was sexually abused as a child.
Speaking with ace film director Kemi Adetiba on the ‘King Women’ series on Accelerate TV, TY Bello bared it all out, disclosing how traumatising it was for her during her formative years. Hear her:
“I was sexually abused as a child and because of this, I felt like there was something ugly about me that made me encounter this. This was not the abuser’s fault, this was me. I used to see other girls as flowers and I saw myself as dirty cement, hard and ugly. I never felt beautiful, everything was wrong with me, I was hairy and it was a problem.
“I always attributed everything that was about me to be the reason someone took advantage of me. I thought there was something wrong with me because if the others girls were like me perhaps they would be dirty like me but they were flowers.
“When a friend told me about salvation, she told me old things would be passed away and all things will become new. It was as if God could wash away that stench and I would become a girl because I didn’t feel like a girl.”
The one-time presidential photographer to former president Goodluck Jonathan said later on as an adult, she was relieved to find out that she was not the only one who was sexually abused as a child.
“I was shocked when I grew up and found that one out every three or four girls in my secondary school had suffered the same thing and I could tell them the same thing… that old thing can pass away.
“It was a relief to find that I was not the only one and a shock that nobody talks about it. That’s why salvation worked, I had a daddy and I was going to be a flower,” she said.
TY Bello who was once a hairdresser that picked up money from the floor will always be notably remembered for the major role she played in ex-bread-seller turned model, Olajumoke Orisaguna’s life. Watch the video below;
“King Women” is an interview-based series by Adetiba which features Nigeria’s powerful women of veteran and champion status, as they tell their stories, like never heard before.
It is a web series aimed at being an online source of mentorship and emotional upliftment to young ladies and will feature women of varying ages, who have achieved success in various walks of life.
The series features inspirational and empowered female names in various sectors in the country and world alike who reveal emotional and inspiring aspects of their lives that will encourage and motivate not just women, but men alike.
So far, the series which debuted on Monday 3rd April 2017, has featured prominent women like TY Bello, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Tara Durotoye, Chigurl, Funmi Victor-Okigbo amongst others.