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“I was sexually abused as a child” – TY Bello

A musician and also a photographer who has captured iconic images, Bello shares her full and true story in the fifth episode of Kemi Adetiba’s King Women.
She takes something as abstract as spirituality, and moulds it into something special, practical and personal to her.
Before becoming the celebrated Photographer everyone is familiar with, she was once a hair dresser who picked up money from the floor.
An interview based series by Adetiba, “King Women” features Nigeria’s powerful women of veteran and champion status, as they tell their stories, like never heard before.
“King Women” is a web series aimed at being an online source of mentorship and emotional upliftment to young ladies, and will feature women of varying ages, who have achieved success in various walks of life.

The singer and photographer, says she was molested as a child and that it had a negative effect on her during her formative years. The Greenland singer shared this with Kemi Adetiba.
“I was sexually abused as a child and because of this, I felt like there was something ugly about me that made me encounter this. This was not the abuser’s fault, this was me.
I used to see other girls as flowers and I saw myself as dirty cement, hard and ugly. I never felt beautiful, everything was wrong with me, I was hairy and it was a problem.
I always attributed everything that was about me to be the reason someone took advantage of me. I thought there was something wrong with me because if the others girls were like me perhaps they would be dirty like me but they were flowers.
When a friend told me about salvation, she told me old things would be passed away and all things will become new. It was as if God could wash away that stench and I would become a girl because I didn’t feel like a girl.
I was shocked when I grew up and found that one out every three or four girls in my secondary school had suffered the same thing and I could tell them the same thing… that old thing can pass away.
It was a relief to find that I was not the only one and a shock that nobody talks about it. That’s why salvation worked, I had a daddy and I was going to be a flower.”

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