Nigerian singer-songwriter, Omawumi Megbele, known by her stage name Omawumi has revealed how being body-shamed affected her life and self-esteem while growing up.
In a post shared on Instagram, the 40-year-old mother of two said she was one of those kids they usually call ‘Hammer headed, Ogorstina and Egbegbe forehead.
According to the entertainer, there was a time she allowed people’s words to drive her as she couldn’t step out without heavily decked in makeup and did all manner of things to hide her flaws because she felt imperfect.
However, one of her aunties started calling her ‘beauty’ and was using it to prophesy into her life that she will be pretty someday.
Omawumi added that things have changed now as she’s now madly in love with her imperfections and all her flaws. She wrote:
“I was one of those kids they used to call ‘Hammer Headed’, ‘OGORstina’ and ‘Ekpengbe forehead’… In fact one of my aunt’s used to call me ‘Beauty’, she said she was using it to prophecy into my life that I will be pretty someday…
Well there was a time I allowed it get to me, there was a time that I couldn’t step out without being heavily decked up in makeup. I would do all manners of things to hide my flaws because I felt imperfect.
Now the only thing that has changed is that I’m madly in love with my imperfect me, with my ekpengbe forehead, with my knock knees, with my cellulites and stretch marks like map of Africa! I’m in love with my skin and everything within…
And guess what? I can still decide to change or hide a flaw because that too is ok! what I won’t do is allow anybody’s perception of me direct the decisions I make for myself. I am Beautiful…You are beautiful too!”
Below are some reactions from Nigerians…
ellathepeach wrote; “It’s always an Aunty growing up my aunt she always called me ugly and every time I stand close to her she will shout and chase me away.”
hayorsamuel added; “In Africa, 89% of kids were raised in toxicity…it’s d reason why it’s ‘cold outside’. People just do and say things without thinking how it affects someone else.”
queenfaithysia wrote; “I got body shame a lot , people won’t stop telling me of how short I’m, till date, but I ask them how many of them are richer than I’m and they take an offense ”
choma225 wrote; “Thank you so much I’m also going through this, base on my tribal mark and my height..it’s well ”