Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, a 79-year-old actress, journalist, and television presenter, has revealed how she became a mother at the age of 15, dropped out at the age of 16, married at the age of 52, and was cruelly raped at the age of 65.
She revealed this tragic revelation in a recent interview with TheNation. In her own house in Egbe, Nigeria, she was robbed, brutalized, and raped, she said.
She says, “I’ve been through the fire, and I’ve come out fortified.” My first child was born when I was 15 years old. I was living on my own by the time I was sixteen. I was confident in my ability to acquire a good education. I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up.
Long after I divorced my first husband, I met Thomas Lycett. In the end, I married him. We had a wonderful time together. I was 52 years old when he died. Every day, I think of him.
He was the one who convinced me that I would be better off as an actor. At 2006, I was raped and robbed in my Egbe home. I was tethered. I had been defeated. I was beaten mercilessly. My health had been wrecked.
I was raped while blindfolded. Because I wasn’t wet, the man who raped me claimed that he couldn’t easily enter me. ‘Widows don’t get wet,’ I told him.
I kept talking to them and asked them repeatedly, ‘Are you doing this to your mother?’ Angrily, they taped my mouth but I remained fearless and prayed all through the attack. .
The police came. They expected me to pursue the case. I knew the masterminds. I could have gotten them incarcerated but I simply moved on. .
Look at me today, I am over it. See, the mind is a beautiful thing. When you hold on to past hurt, you tie yourself down to grief. You get infected with its poison. .
Rather than wallow in grief and self-pity, I picked myself up and sought medical help, ensuring that they hadn’t infected me with any STD.. That same year, the Obasanjo government got me the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) national honour.
Few years later, One of them came to prostrate before me, pleading for my forgiveness. I told him to seek forgiveness from God. I told him that I had moved on.”