Nollywood actor Omotola has revealed the extent she was willing to go to survive after loosing her father. The “Alter Ego’’ actor said she was just 12 when her father bid Mother Earth goodbye, and she didn’t know how to handle the impact.
The mother of four revealed that she was “shipped’’ to Kaduna at a very young age, which meant she did not get to spend much time with her father before he passed.
Omotola made the revelations in an interview with Chude Jideonwo. Commenting on how she reacted to her father’s death, she said:
“So going through the crowd, the mental process till I got to my compound, and my compound was very big. And all these people, it was like a movie. I had to walk through their midst. And as you’re walking, everyone is turning to look at you, some wailing. Some looking in slow motion, I still remember the feeling. And I kept thinking, who’s going to greet me first? Who am I going to strike off the list? Then I saw my younger brothers. Then, I walked up the stairs and saw my mom. Then I froze because it now dawned on me that it was my dad.’’
She would go on to say:
“And so, I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know if it was the guilt of me thinking it shouldn’t be him. I was too young to process it. Or the fact that I have truly missed him, and now that he’s dead; I won’t see him again? Or that I’m angry I didn’t get to spend enough time with him. He didn’t spend enough time with me because I was shipped to Kaduna. So, I didn’t know how I was feeling. And so, I was just there, numb. I was really numb.”
She also revealed that she was willing to go into prostitution just to keep her family together.
“I know my dad was a very strong man. He died when I was twelve. And I think everything that I’ve been, positively or negatively was sore because of that, my father’s death. I don’t fear for my life to be honest. I think I probably would have become a prostitute today because I was that desperate. I got to a point and I said to myself, ‘I’d rather sell my body than for anyone to take my younger brothers apart’.”
Omotola is one of the biggest actors in the Nigerian film industry.