In a new interview, veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett narrated the ordeals she went through from her adolescent stage even into adulthood. She mentioned she was raped at the age of 65.
Actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett has revealed how she became a mother at the age of 15, dropped out at 16, became a widow at 52 and raped at the age of 65.
The 79-year-old is a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
According to her:
“I have been through the fire, I emerged fortified. Interestingly, I was 15 years old when I had a child.
By 16, I was on my own. As life moved on, I knew I was going to get a good education.
The thing is I was going to be a lawyer.
But I knew that I was on my own. My family disowned me. I married David Akinduro in 1959 after I relocated to the U.K, but I left him due to domestic violence.
I met Thomas Lycett long after I divorced my first husband.
During her interview session, Ajai-Lycett further revealed how she met the love of her life, Thomas Lycett. She disclosed she loved him dearly. Unfortunately, she lost him to the cold hands of death at the age of 52.
Continue reading her narration below:
“He died when I was 52-years-old.
I remember him every day.
He was the one that told me that I was better off being an actor.
In 2006, I was robbed and raped in my house in Egbe. I was tied. I was beaten. My health was ruined.
I was blindfolded and raped.
The man who raped me complained that he couldn’t gain easy entry into me because I wasn’t wet. I told him ‘widows don’t get wet.’
Further, the veteran actress revealed how she was viciously raped by armed robbers at the age of 65. She revealed that she has gone through the darkest night, nonetheless, she will always prevail.
She continued below:
“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 seek medical help. Ensuring that they hadn’t infected me with an STD.
That same year, the Obasanjo government got me the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) national honour.
A few years later, One of them came to prostrate before me, pleading for my forgiveness.
I told him to seek forgiveness from God. Truth be told, I told him that I had moved on.”