The issue of rape has been a very delicate one especially in a place like Nigeria.
However, with the movement against rapists, some female Nigerian celebrities have over the years boldly come out to share their stories as a reminder that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel even if it doesn’t happen quickly.
Here are some of them.
1. Busola Dakolo
Busola’s rape incident against COZA Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo was a very popular story that shook the internet in June 2019, especially because the alleged rapist was a high profiled man of God.
Busola decided to share her story with the world, having finally had the courage to speak up about being raped when she was only 16.
Her story was such that she got a lot of attention. The movement led to a lot of women being vocal and ready to share their stories.
Fatoyinbo however denied it and the case is still in court.
2. Late Ajai Tokunbo
The late Tokunbo Ajai was a broadcaster for the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) before her tragic death in 2000.
She was robbed and gang-raped but reported only the robbery. The robbers however confessed to the rape leading to her committing suicide.
The 37-year-old died in London where she had travelled for vacation on August 18.
3. Elvina Ibru
Popular Nollywood actress Elvina Ibru who is known for her role in Bling Lagosian also spoke up around November 2019 about being raped.
She narrated that she was raped by an armed robber in her home in 2004 explaining how there was nothing she could have done to prevent that incident.
In light of this, she decided to be an advocate and set up a group meant to help manage the young and old ones who had been through the same ugly incident.
4.Taiwo Ajai Lycett
Veteran actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett also shared her ugly experience of how she was robbed and raped at her home in 2006. She was 65 years old.
She admitted knowing the perpetrators of the act but decided not to pursue the case.
Lycett now 79 also said that one of the perpetrators came to prostrate and ask for her forgiveness but she explained that she had moved on and told him to seek God for forgiveness.
5. TY Bello
Prominent Nigerian photographer and singer TY Bellow was also a rape victim at the young age of seven.
She explained how much courage it took sharing that story with Kemi Adetiba’s on her KingWoman series.
The 41-year-old for the most part of her life felt it was her fault, she however felt so much better and at peace after building a relationship with God.
Bamike, popularly known as Bambam also revealed that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend and a spiritual leader.
The BB Naija star shared her story in June 2019 in light of the rape saga between Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) and singer Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
She revealed how it took a while before she got healed completely.
Khafi Kareem, ex- 2019 BBNaija star, following the Uwadia Omozuwa’s rape case, has opened up on being a rape victim.
The 31-year-old former police officer took to Twitter to share her ordeal in the hands of a rapist. She explained that the rapist had apologized and begged her not to tell anyone.
#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired
— ACupOfKhafi ☕️? (@KhafiKareem) June 2, 2020