Comedian Helen Paul has paid a touching tribute to her mother while revealing the truth about how she was conceived.
Soon after grabbing a doctorate degree, Helen Paul disclosed she was conceived after an unknown man raped her mother.
While dedicating the feet to her mother, she said: “I grew up hearing from family members; being called a “Bastard” and each time I asked you, you said (Olorun lon wo omo werey, Olorun ma wo e meaning God watches the child of a mad person, he’d watch over you).”
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I HELEN PAUL dedicate this to my mum, you gave birth to me out of rape, they told you i wouldn’t amount to anything I grew up hearing from family members; being called a “Bastard” and each time i asked you, you said (Olorun lon wo omo werey, Olorun ma wo e meaning God watches the child of a mad person, he’d watch over you) Mummy i want to know i love you, i might not buy you Benz now because i don’t have a Pant yet but this certificate will amount to something great. They say Fame is nothing but Grace is everything and i pray for grace in everything i do I’m not a Cele member but Late Osofa gave me the name and everything Late Osofa said about Helen Paul is coming to pass I dedicate this to every mother, may God make you strong enough to survive and enjoy the fruit of your labour…
The talented actress, singer and comedian few weeks after has in an interview with punchng.com stated that she does not regret sharing the truth of her birth.
She said: “I chose the occasion to reveal the story of my birth because I dedicated the degree to my mother. There is time for everything and I felt it was time to tell the world. Apparently, it’s not even my story; it’s my mother’s.
“I am humbled and grateful to God for seeing me through the programme. Everyone was happy for me in my family. Even when I finished secondary school, everyone was excited for me. We celebrate each other in my household.”
Dr. Helen Paul also stated that, painful as it may be for her, she has no ill feelings towards her father, stressing that their relationship is very cordial.
“I am on good terms with my father,” she insisted. “Is there anyone who doesn’t have a cordial relationship with his or her father? That can only happen if you are a terrible child. Regardless of what your father might have done to you in the past, your father remains your father.
“If I said I was not affected by it while growing up, that wouldn’t be honest. It could affect anyone but I used my situation to my advantage. It inspired me to always do more and be the best, instead of being depressed.”
Helen recently graduated from University of Lagos with a doctorate degree in Theatre Arts.