With each day passing with more and more cases of child abuse and rape, one can not help but wonder when all of these will stop in a country like Nigeria.
Now while we have some of our celebrities smiling and happy on our screens, some of them were at some point while growing up sexually abused.
Here are 10 celebrities that were sexually abused at a young age.
The Nollywood actor in an interview revealed that he was sexually abused by a 35-year-old neighbour when he was 10.
In his words;
“People feel that things are always rosy for actors, and they feel that it is all about glamour but the truth is that we have all had our ugly experiences.
“I was sexually abused at the tender age of 10 by my 35-year old neighbour called Aunty Amaka, a lady who I loved and respected so much.
“She took advantage of me on that fateful afternoon after luring me with sweets and biscuits. She stole my innocence and ever since I have been haunted by that hurtful memory; that is why I put passion into my acting job because its takes away my pain,” he said.
The singer during an interview revealed t that she was molested when she was a little girl. Speaking during an interview on SoundcityCityDivas show. She said:
“I have been molested quite a number of times. Thankfully, I haven’t been defiled. I have been molested by both people I never imagined would molest me…and obviously strangers as well.
And it wasn’t once, it wasn’t twice. It wasn’t three times. But what helped me was that I started to try to figure out at that time why anybody would want to do that to me or to any female. I realised it was cowardice
The rapper also happens to be one of the celebrities molested at a tender age. According to the former Choc City rapper, he was molested at the age of 13 by his aunt.
“I would not say it was a good thing at all. It’s something I regret whatever it was. It wasn’t a sweet experience at all.
“I had this aunty, though we were not related, she was just a neighbour who was living close to us, who came into my room and slept with me.
“It wasn’t a good experience at all. I was scared, very scared. I saw hell. It was a terrible experience. I am not excited talking about it at all. Sex is not that good. I think sex is over-rated. I don’t know.
“She just came into my room and just forced me to do it with her…But she made me lose my innocence. The woman is still alive,” he said.
Nollywood actress Rita Edochie is another celebrity that was molested at a tender age. According to the actress;
“I was a victim of sexual abuse; that was when I was in primary six; I was going to the hospital and somebody called me.
“The boy used some diabolic means and sexually violated me; when I could not see my period, I refuse to tell my mother, because she was very strict. I love sharing my experience because at the end of the day I succeeded; If I had not succeeded, I would not have been able to say this today,”
Veteran entertainer Charles Oputa also known as Charly Boy revealed he was first molested at the age of 10 by his nurse and then 12 where he then caught an STD at the age of 12.
“when I was barely 10 years old, my baby nurse was caught tampering with me sexually, Chineke!”
He recalled how angry his mother was when they were caught.
“She beat the living hell out of my baby nurse, (I) didn’t even know my mum knew karate and judo then. No be small thing.
“By the time I turned 12, I was deflowered by a local whore who dashed me my first STD. The discomfort I experienced was very scary, it was as if my kini was on fire.
Ace photographer and singer TY Bello has also revealed that she was molested as a child. According to Bello was molested at the age of 8 and only spoke about it at the age of 30.
While addressing a group of women in a programme, Dare2Dream Master Class, Lola who is the wife of singer Peter Okoye of the defunct Psquare group revealed how she was sexually abused by a priest while in secondary school.
She went on to say she did not tell anyone due to fear of being blamed.
The actress revealed that she was raped by a tenant in the house she lived with her parents but the case was managed as people did not want to make it public then.
The Ghanaian actress recently revealed that she sexually abused by her grand-uncle at the age of 8.
Photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo, Busola Dakolo recently revealed that she was raped by COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo at the age of 16 in her mother’s house. The case is still ongoing.