It was yet another day of surprises for the #BBNaija housemates as Actress and philanthropist Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde paid them a special visit on day 33.
The super star actress used the opportunity to have a deep conversation with the #BBNaija housemates regarding the shocking inequalities young girls still face when it comes to access to quality education.
Omotola began her acting career in 1995 and as since then appeared in over 300 films with a huge following and fantasy worldwide. Her contributions to the Nigerian film industry cannot be overestimated and this perhaps is the reason why she was given the honour and recognized as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian Government.
TIME magazine also included her in their run down of the 100 most influential people in the world.
It was thus a shocking moment for the #BBNaija Housemates when she made it known to them that over 130 million girls in developing countries are either denied or due to some other factors don’t have access to quality education, saying if that population made a country, it would be the 10th largest in the world! She urged the housemates to use the fame the platform brings them to help bring attention to this shocking disparity, further saying “Poverty is sexist!”
Omotola went on to talk about her personal life, telling the #BBNaija housemates how she felt losing her father at a very young age and having to become the head of the household.
She moved on to talk in more explicit details about her work with the ONE campaign to create support structures for young women in a similar position. This prompted Uriel and Bisola to recount their struggles with having to become mother figures to their younger siblings after losing their fathers at very young ages as well.
Marvis who comes from a family of eight also talked about the strain and confusion that reigned supreme on her relationship with her sister, after she took over the duties of parenting to her siblings.
Omotola told her she related to this as her siblings sometimes found it difficult to relate with her as they saw her as both a mother and a sister all at once.
Before leaving the house, Omotola made it known to the housemates that March 8th is the International Day for Women and it is left to be seen how the Housemates lend their voices to the plight of young girls everywhere.