Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo says that he and his wife, Busola, told their kids about her rape ordeal when she talked about it in June 2019.
Dakolo disclosed this during an interview with media personality, Toke Makinwa, saying, “Yes, we informed our kids. I think I raised my kids differently.
“Children love validation. My kids can talk to me and express themselves very well. I had to make them know that their mother is a superhero. I explained that it was a painful experience that happened when their mum was very young. They understood even though they might not know the gravity of what it was. They understood that something was happening. So, anytime they go to her, they give her a hug.
“When you tell someone that, ‘I’ve got you’, be true about it. Oftentimes, we associate being a man with muscle, biceps and strength. The pain that one feels that is not physical is the real pain. When one tells one’s partner, ‘for better, for worse’, most people think it is just ‘for the better’ because one cannot quantify the worse. It does not announce itself. When one says those words, one has to be sure. Don’t say it because everyone is saying it. Many times, she had wanted to tell me certain things but I had waved her off. I had known about the issue and telling me was not easy for her.”
On whether he was disturbed that his wife’s revelation would have a negative impact on his career, the “Iyawo Mi”’ singer said, “No, I was not worried that her story might affect my success. People don’t get it. Someone once asked me this question and I said I would always know how to sing. In the midst of six million people, I would sing and people would notice. The word ‘man’ is synonymous with responsibility and one won’t need certain things when one is strong. When they say family first, it means let everything stop. It’s not in the good times alone.”