That the story is real is even more sickening. I had thought it was one of those skits plotted too hard or just one joke too many. When I read that, Mr. Lanre Omiyinka, a.k.a. Baba Ijesha sexually assaulted a girl as little as 7 and walked the poor soul through the same experience for another 7 years, tears ran down my face.
To make matters worse, as if the entertainment industry is rife for blacklisting, another Yoruba actor was also almost immediately reported to have impregnated a 16-year-old.
Understandably so, those who know so little about this industry are having a swell time saying it parades fellows of low discipline or no discipline at all.
A man is a man, an industry is an industry. There are paedophiles everywhere we turn- we have them in the banks, sports, churches, mosques, among those who we call ‘mechanics’, ‘carpenters’ and in every facet of our lives. The sad reality is that those who defile the under-aged are not distant fellows, they are those close to us and all of whom we trust.
I do not want to cast a stone as there are dire consequences already. I only pray for the redemption of the poor teenager, comfort for the grieving mother and restitution for the perpetrator who’s almost certainly going to spend the rest of his life in prison and in guilt.
Please let’s keep an eye on our young ones, listen to them, don’t ignore the signs, don’t be too busy for your children, please please please please please. My heart is broken.
Jemiriye Adeniji is an American-based Nigerian musician
Her music is deeply rooted in Yoruba folk, traditional rhythms and Afrobeat.