By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Fast rising actress, Juliana Oloyede popularly known as ‘Toyo Baby’ for her role in the TV sitcom, “Jenifa,” has revealed that she was sexually molested as a child.
The actress just released her book, “Rebirth: From Grass to Grace” which chronicles her journey to stardom from a little girl who had to beg on the street and dropped out of school.
Juliana took to Instagram to share the bitter truth of being a victim of child sexual abuse, which accompanied a throwback picture of herself.
“My #wcw goes to this cutie…😂😁😀 This was me, many years ago. It was about this time, the sexual abuses began. It was torment in those days… Details are in Chapter 2 of Rebirth,” she wrote.
Talking about her autobiograpghy, the actress on her website, said “writing this book brought me a mix of emotions. I cried hard, laughed hard, smiled, giggled… and had to forgive some people over and again.”
The book, however, was released yesterday and the actress pens a summary of what the book is about on her Instagram page to announce the release to her fans.
“I am finally naked, but unashamed. You have been asking me what #rebirth is. Now, you know! I have been counting down, for months, to the release of my book, Rebirth!
“I fought the idea when it was suggested; I did not want to spill my beans for the world to read. Social media celebrity attacks are vicious enough already, why add more fuel to the fire?
“I eventually gave in though. Why? Because I want you to know me. I want you to know I am just like you. I failed, struggled, and faltered like you, but in the end, my story changed in untold ways.
“I shared very personal details; hawking on the streets, suffering sexual abuses, dropping out of school, failing at auditions and more.
“I cried a lot while writing this book. I also smiled and laughed. I am sure you would tell me you did the same after reading the book.
“It is my utmost desire that reading Rebirth would be a major turning point in your life. If Juliana Olayode, once a beggar on the streets, could become the celebrated figure she is today, across the world, then you have no excuse to settle for anything short of GREATNESS!
“The book is full of surprising revelations. I promise it would be a worthwhile read.”