If you didn’t know her earlier in the year, there is a chance that you do now.
The rising Nigerian pop star and actress made global headlines for her recent statement, in which she offered her virginity to Islamist militant sect Boko Haram, in return for the 200+ school girls abducted in the Chibok area of Borno state in April.
“This is 11pm in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange.
They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.” the 23-year-old told the Vanguard Newspaper.
A lot of international media outlets including Daily Mail UK, Huffington Post and The Independent UK, have also picked up on the story.
This isn’t the first time Adokiye has spoken publicly about her virginity. A few years ago, she offered herself to any man who could by her mother a private jet.
BellaNaija.com got in touch with her. Here is what she had to say.
Let’s set the records straight, Is this a publicity stunt to promote your music and image?
“I made an open offer to some group of people. The question is why they haven’t accepted my request? They should gather up the girls, prepare them for release and then I am sure they will find out if I’m still a virgin.
Publicity card to promote my music and image?
Let me take us back to when this whole thing started, these same people called it “Scam”, “Publicity Card” by the Government and now look where we are today.
A lot of Nigerians are unbelievers and I’d say it is mainly some of our problems today. I am not stupid to play with something like this, let me even ask! Promote what music? I have not released any music or plan to even release any music anytime soon. So what music am I promoting?
As for my image, if crying for freedom for the release of innocent children, a reminder to the nation that kids are still missing is promoting my image, then I say to you, let my image soar!
Why are you so open about your virginity?
“Virginity has its own spiritual benefit.
A lot of girls that are virgins think virginity is not worth keeping probably because they are being mocked and called names, a lot of people say virginity is lack of opportunity.
So I am using this great opportunity to let the world know that if you are a girl and a virgin, oh you have a precious gift.
Make sure you end it up with a man who knows your worth, a man who knows what it means to have a pure lady. It is not a thing to be shameful about at all. Be proud.”
Do you feel in any way that your statement degrades women and trivializes the plight of the girls?
“It can only degrade a woman who does not appreciate womanhood/motherhood. If you are a true woman, you would understand my fight.
Before I go further, I’d like to let you know I run a charity foundation #ADOCHANGE. #ADOCHANGE is a charity foundation for the less privileged children, the motherless babies, kids who can’t speak for themselves.
Its mission is to stand for them and to make them live right. #ADOCHANGE will continue to fight for peace for the young ones, children with future so bright, our leaders of tomorrow. The children all around the world deserve a better life. And for that I stand like a mother.
Like a mother who can’t stand to see her children suffer. Yes I have a life to protect but that life would be worthless if I don’t stand by what I believe and that is protecting the kids I speak for. Do not miss the point, focus on my fight.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not promoting rape or pleading to be raped as what some people are making the situation seem like a joke but whatever those kids are going through, I say kids because we are not talking about girls anymore as you know little boys have joined in this.
Whatever it is they are going through, because we cannot see them, I would say should be thrown to me instead and allow them be freed.
I want to use this opportunity to apologise to all the women around the world who have gotten my fight twisted for some reasons or the other to see this as not only a selfless service to humanity but to fall back to the biblical times where Jesus urged us to be our brothers keeper and love others as we love ourselves.”
How do you feel about how viral your statements have gone?
“I thank God.
As noisy as I may sound, I thank God there are still intelligent people who understand my fight and where I am coming from.
It’s also a reminder to me again that indeed I have a mission here on earth. My point is very simple. I want the world to be restless until the kids are returned.”
How does your partner feel about the statement?
“I don’t have a boyfriend and I am not planning to have one anytime soon. I would say it is a distraction to me for now.”
Why the need to publicly state that the sect should come and take you?
“Forgive me to say that I am an Intelligential and I understand that the media has got a way of making people get things twisted, I get it and I don’t feel bad at all.
I thought by now, His Excellency, our Number one man, the President would have assigned reputable youths, intellects who share the same dreams with him, youths of our nation who can help to reduce this trauma we are going through.
The world has gone digital and youths are digital. Our nation’s youths are intelligent to fight this fight with our government.
I stand by my words to say I DON’T MIND BEING AN EXCHANGE FOR THE RELEASE OF THOSE KIDS SO THEY CAN GO BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES.
Whatever it is they are going through, for them to be released should be thrown to me. And If they have turned the young girls to their sex slaves, they should consider releasing them and turn me to one.”
On a final note, what projects are you currently working on?
“For now I am concentrating on reaching out to kids all around the world through my foundation, starting from Nigeria.
I have a new project “Kid’s Nation”, for the less privileged children. Showing their day to day activities how they live and how to make their lives better than what they already have.
I have had awesome support from people who believe these kids should get more in life and I am appealing to people to share this dream, life is incomplete without children. Let us give the kids a better life.”