Nollywood Actress cum film producer, Nkechi Blessing, has opened up about why she took the Baba Ijesha rape saga personal as she had been a victim of rape in time past.
Nkechi said she took the issue rather personal, as she recounted her story, saying “When I was about 16 or 17, I had this sister who I used to tell that I was a virgin but she would always say that I was lying because I was wild. Though my mum had a beer parlour at that time, she was so strict with her kids that you couldn’t see them messing around.
“On this day, she invited me out with her boyfriend. I was cool with it but then it started to seem as though she wanted to set me up with her boyfriend to confirm if I was still a virgin or not. They brought drinks and I drank them. She stood up, left, and said she would be back.
She added that “the guy stood up and sat beside me. My mind immediately went to the fact that my mother didn’t believe I was a virgin. I was scared to death but I knew I needed to do something. Next thing, I summed up the courage to leave and the guy held me down and said ‘you’re not going anywhere’. Then, I asked him, ‘uncle, you wan rape me?’ This statement startled him and then he let me go”, she said.
This experience, coupled with the numerous stories of others who she had heard of that were brutally raped, was what triggered her.
Making reference to the Baba Ijesha case, she said, “I can only imagine what that 14-year old girl was going through. No sane human being will hear such a thing and be happy with it, unless he/she was also a child molester”.