Omotola: Why I Didn’t Mourn When My Father Died

 

Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, says she could not mourn when her father died because his demise left her “numbed and emotionless.”

 

The movie star brought the revelation to light during the latest episode of #WithChude wherein she reflected on how losing her father at 12 left her shattered.

 

Omotola said her strong relationship with her dad suffered a blow when she was taken to a Kaduna school away from home shortly after the birth of her younger brother.

 

“When I was about nine years old, I was shipped to Command Secondary School in Kaduna. By that time, they had just given birth to my younger brother. I was a child and I did not take it well at all,” she said.

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“I even remember when he was leaving and we both were crying. It really affected me – I thought the reason was because he now had other kids, and I was no longer important to him.

 

“I think everything I have been, positively or negatively, was solely because of my father’s death. It affected me so much; I did not even know how much at the time. I did not even mourn my dad.”

 

The ace actress said her father breathed his last at a time when she was excited about returning home from school to spend more time with him.

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“At the age of 12, I was becoming a little lady, and I was excited to spend time with my father. That was when I got called out of school because I needed to be home. I knew someone had died because of how everyone in school was tiptoeing around me. The only thing I kept saying at the airport was, ‘I just hope it is not my dad,” she added.

 

“For some callous reason, I was okay with it being anyone but him. When I got home, I was greeted by a crowd. As I walked into the house, I was thinking about which of my family members had died. I saw my brothers, then I saw my mum, and, at that moment, I froze because I knew it was my dad that had died.

 

“I’m not sure if it was the guilt of wishing death on someone else, and not him, or because I was too young to process it or because I was still angry with him for shipping me off, but I was numb and emotionless, and it has affected me to this day. It was like something died in me.”

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