Gifty On Having A Tough Childhood And Why She Has A Strong Desire To Help Widows


In an interview with LANRE ODUKOYA OF THE NEW TELEGRAPH, Ex-BBNaija housemate, Gifty Brian Onyechukwu explained how her mother had to struggle to cater for four children when she lost her husband.

According to her, she is inspired to do something for widows to make them know that they can survive after the death of their husbands.


After my step father passed away, things were a little bit tough. I’m a strong woman. I remember I asked my aunty for money for school fees and she denied me the money. This was someone who was a multimillionaire. I found it very difficult to forgive her. I haven’t said this in any interview and I think I feel relieved saying this.

So, I told my mum that we were not going to ask anybody for any favour. We were going to do this on our own. When I was schooling at the University of Ghana, Legon, I was working as a receptionist and I was getting a lot of stupid offers, to the extent that the CEO of the company wanted to sleep with me but I didn’t allow it.

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I actually had to drop the job because I couldn’t give what he asked for. My mum had to go to friends to give them what they sold then she could put her profit on them and that was how things were.

As it stands right now, I’m still in the entertainment industry. I’m still modelling. I’m still acting. And I’m open to bigger endorsements and bigger jobs. Right now, I have an intention of doing something for widows because my mum has been my inspiration.

She is my strength. It has not been easy trying to cater for four children. I’m the second child, but first girl child. She has been my strength, so I said one day, I would try and start a foundation that has to do with widows. I’d use the platform to tell them that even if their husbands were dead, they could still survive.


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