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I was called bastard because I’m a product of rape, says Helen Paul
Helen Paul says she is a product of rape

I was called bastard because I’m a product of rape, says Helen Paul

Popular Nigerian comedian, Helen Paul has revealed how she grew up to become a successful personality despite being mocked and ridiculed as a child.

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She shared her life story at a recent event, disclosing that she was born out of rape.

According to Helen, her aunties and their neighbours called her a bastard, making mockery of her.

She recalled how her aunties would warn her grandmother — who she grew up with — not to use her allowance on her.

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Helen said her grandmother, however, consistently urged her to stay focused on becoming someone significant in life.

She said, “Some of us can’t take rejection. Some of us don’t know that our words can make someone feel rejected forever but it worked for me differently.

“I was born out of rape and I grew up with my grandmother, where everyone in the area called me a bastard. So I grew up hearing that I’m a bastard.

“When my aunties come to give grandma money for feeding, they will say ‘Don’t use this money to take care of one bastard child, use it to take care of yourself and buy your medicine’.

“Once they leave, mama would turn to me and speak in pidgin ‘you don hear wetin dem aunty dem dey talk, na so this world be o. Na people wey suppose be your mama blood be that oh but dem don tell you who you be. If you like, grow up, forget yourself, say if person no do well, nobody they celebrate ham’.

“But I realise that anytime I offended Mama, she would not want to touch me because they have warned Mama not to beat me. So you think a child looking at different talk will grow up with love?

“But today, I am a comedian in Nigeria and a professor in the United States,” she stated.

 

 

 

 

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