Controversial Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing Sunday recently went down memory lane to recall how her elder sister sent her boyfriend to confirm if she was still a virgin.
The movie star narrated her story in a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo.
According to the filmmaker and role interpreter, the incident was the reason she felt strongly about the Baba Ijesha (real name James Omiyinka) rape saga.
Nkechi Blessing recalled how at age 16 or 17, her older sibling didn’t believe she was a virgin “because I was weird”.
“She (sister) 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.
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 narrated.
Nkechi Blessing explained that the experience and numerous stories of others who were raped made her become an advocate against the crime. On 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.”