Nollywood actress and mum-of-one, Stephanie Okereke Linus spared a thought for teenagers in a new video she posted on her Instagram handle. Wondering aloud, what her advice to her 16-year-old self would be, the 37-year-old said, her 16-year-old self should, in fact, be giving her advice considering she was more fearless and knew for sure what she wanted.
On the other hand, she says, adulthood allows you to be more deliberate about the choices that you make and advised teenagers to be grateful that someone (parents, guardians) takes responsibility for them because it is such a privilege that adulthood does not offer, and buttressed that they should enjoy their childhood.
The actress emphasised the importance of asking questions and staying true to oneself. She said;
“At 16 you are curious and you should ask questions when you do not understand somethings. Do not put yourself in a place where you’re going to be endangered.
Do not succomb to peer pressure, because sometimes you will be forced to do things you don’t want to do, and even if others have done same and gotten away with it, you might not be so lucky.”
She further advised against being exposed to sex so early or doing drugs, because according to her, you may end up with some of the many ugly consequences of doing so, especially when you do not have the right kind of information to start with.
“At 16, I saw a lot of my schoolmates get pregnant and drop out of school, it dawned on me that there are just somethings I shouldn’t try.
At 16, sometimes, you’re curious about sex but I will tell you to not engage in it, so that you don’t end up with some of the many consequences of being exposed to sexual activity so early.
Find the right kind of information because you have a full life ahead of you.”
She touched on the subject of drugs and warned;
Do not dive into drugs. At 16, we were climbing trees, playing with friends and you know…just exploring. But now you can sit at your computer and the whole world is in your palms. Be sure to expose yourself to the right kind of information.
She concluded that teenagers should not be in a hurry to grow up and should go at their own pace.
“Enjoy being young, it’s so beautiful”
Watch the video below: