Nollywood actress and producer,Omotola Jalade,has revealed how she was labeled a prostitute at the age of 15.Omosexy,as the thespian is fondly called,said reality dawned on her at the age of 15 following the demise of her father.The veteran actress shared her story on her Instagram page in order to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child.
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.I was sponsored by a great community of Ondo men,the Ekimogunclub,so that 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,rumors,fear of slander and sexual harassment.
“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.
“Don’t you dare underestimate the possibilities of a Girl Child’’.