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#LiterallyWhatsHot: I Don’t Hide My Scars by Beauty is a Compelling Read that Stirred Up a Range of Intense Emotions




Oh, the poor girl child.

I have just finished the anonymously written “I don’t hide my scars”, and I am shaking. Beauty, the pseudonym for whoever wrote the book, is a heroine the equal of any you will find in the history books. I am actually trembling as I write this.

Not from fear, though, it is not a horror novel. Not in the sense you would think. There is something to be said for fear though, after reading it, that makes one afraid of things that, quite frankly, many of us are unaware of, a side of life I hope is extremely rare.

Beauty’s life, short as it has been, from her narrative, is something of great promise and impact, judging from the many attempts that have been made to end it. from the deeply hypocritical mother, to the inhuman, sorry excuse for a father, beauty might as well have not been born to them. But born she was, and thereafter, the horror story that her life has been kicked off in earnest. From being forced to fend for herself at an early age, to becoming a kind of mother to her younger ones while still herself a child, to all the torture and indignities the young woman had to endure, the repeated rapes from the children and husband of her “Aunty”, her story is eerily  like the story of the Biblical Job, in  that she barely exits one stage of suffering before another begins to claw at her with long, dirty fingers.

Particularly savage is the part about the Madam who took her from her parents to work as a stripper and prostitute. It is painful that that kind of ring would be run , not by a man, but by a woman just like them, a woman who collected hefty sums from known and strange men to do known and strange things to children that were the same age, if not younger, than her own biological children, if she indeed had any.

From working with labourers and carrying “kpom-kpom” with them, to selling bread and beans to the same working men at break time, Beauty suffered the kind of life that no child should ever be made to go through. Labourer, video vixen, trader, demon-possessed girl, and everything else she has been, the story of Beauty sounds almost unbelievable, because we, secure in our little houses and compounds and sitting in smart cars or public transport, would prefer not to believe that such a world exists.

This just goes to show us how flawed and ugly our humanity is. And let us not even start on the state of our nation. No welfare schemes, no decent orphanages and homes for wards of the state or children rescued from the streets (or from destructive parents, like Beauty and her siblings would have been). It gets worse because for every Beauty telling her tale, there are others, their acts of valour unsung, they are the heroines in tattered slippers and worn, ragged clothes, braving the dangers of speeding vehicles and prowling rapists to sell things for madams. Or mothers.

Beauty’s story is harrowing, heartbreaking, but it has a good end. My sincere prayer for her is that she gets better and better, and those crooks she could not name for fear of exposing herself, that karma finds them, and all the other little girls are rescued and brought, if not home, then to homes. It is a conscious, sobering book, but well worth every penny. If a physical book is ever printed, I intend to get two: one for myself, and one for someone I don’t even know yet.

Oh, the poor girl child.

You can get a copy of  “I Don’t Hide My Scars” on Okadabooks. Click here:

Eye Kay Nwaogu is a writer, born in Nigeria, brought up all over the place, and chasing his dreams. He writes nonfiction, book and music reviews. But when he is writing fiction, his heart sings loudest. He is a lover of travel and food, and when he is not writing, he is seriously thinking of what to write, or read.


  1. my scar: the unlinked empire

    April 23, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Dear my People

    I am one believing in the Empire to come, starts by the bricks layed down today. I am a subject and a believer of the Nigerian Empire to come.

    I offer this as advice, as you summon all your african terrotories to you, they will come via stick or carrot.

    in preference to the carrot methods tantalising timed sequence of actions have to take place in order to win the hearts and mind of the people.

    The nation of tanzania is in utter mourning far past syria, they have lost perhaps their most revered media personality associated to Davido. #agnesmasogange {instagram}

    This would be a great oportunity to Wooo this nation. Tanzania stands crytical in the Eastern African domain. Functions like the heart. The government is weak it has no control of the hearts and minds of the people.
    its absolutely imperative to win the hearts and minds of this people in order to accomplish the heavy burden task of ‘commecting’ Africa. Any early innitives will go the furthest!!!

    These opportunity is perhaps as naked and exposed as it will ever be! Some of you will understand, Some of you might not! But as we speak her enemies like the islamic empire have almost wooed her.

    But The Empire We are all Bound To!

  2. ena

    April 29, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I’m still shocked after reading the book… And to think that it’s a true story…especially the MADAM episode…so sad

  3. Emmalez

    April 29, 2018 at 10:59 am

    The beauty story

    May God forever comfort you as you go through healing process.

    The sky is weird enough for you to shine dear beauty ?

  4. Friend

    April 30, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Truly one of the most Inspirational young women I have met. Exuding a certain innocence that belies the horrors of her experiences. Something only attributable to the mercies of God. I truly am grateful for her story because there are so many broken humans that can begin to find healing in it and through it. Proud of you Beauty!!!

  5. Deevahz Glam

    May 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Beauty my girl ? She is a strong woman indeed, one that has vowed to change not just her life but the life of others. May God’s grace be sufficient for you my dear, your past will never define you. You are loved and God has got you. You will never go unrewarded, Everyman shall have a piece of their own cake ? love you child of love ❤️

  6. Ahmadu

    May 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    The story is truly a tough pill to swallow, it’s something one wouldn’t wish for anyone not even an enemy, and she had to go through it all at a tender age. The good news however is she has made the horror in her past into a lesson for us all, she is an inspiration to many, young and old. She is a survivor. She deserves to be celebrated!

  7. Temiloluwa Paul

    May 2, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Though I haven’t read the book, I admire Beauty’s courage and I hope it sets in motion a chain reaction of spilling secrets and sharing stories to save others from this same horror. Well done and God bless you

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