With so many accolades from her years in the movie industry, Hilda Dokubo has managed to leave many shocked with her confession.
The veteran Nollywood actress spoke about the years before fame came her way and the hardships she endured following the death of her father, which almost forced her into prostitution until one event changed her life forever.
Dokubo was in Lagos recently to minister at the Fresh Oil International Church and during her sermon, shared the moving story of her teen years and how she suddenly became a millionaire at 17, changing her destiny, Punch reports.
During the sermon, she said, “I was born with a silver spoon, but death turned me poverty-stricken after my father died when I was just nine. I turned away from God at that point, because I felt disappointed that despite how much my father loved and served God, he still died.”
“After my dad died, my mother completely lost her mind. If she were living in the US, I’m sure she would have been diagnosed as a mental case. You know, in Nigeria, we don’t consider people mad until they have started eating from dustbins. I rebelled against God at that point, and I stopped going to church at the age of nine.
“However, I was a very brilliant girl, and I got admission into the university at the age of 16. I became rascally and did what girls like that do. I slept with a man, and I became pregnant. It wasn’t the Holy-Spirit that impregnated me. My mom was devastated and disappointed in me because of that. I was also angry with her because ‘her God’ killed my father, and we stopped speaking to each other. One day, a man came to me and said he needed a barge. I didn’t know what it was, and he told me it was used to store oil. I then recalled that I had once seen a barge in the compound opposite ours. I went to the neighbour and told him I needed the barge. He asked me what I needed it for, but I told him not to worry. I told them to put the barge in front of my mother’s house.
“At that point, the man who told me he needed the barge came back, and dropped sacks of money containing N2m with my mom because I was in school at that time. Two weeks later, he returned with N500,000, and I was dumbfounded. Before then, I had never seen N100,000 together, but there I was as a millionaire at 17, not knowing what to do with the money. I would have become a prostitute, but I became restless and challenged destiny. Your life cannot change for the better if you don’t challenge destiny. Even God challenged destiny.”
Known for epic emotional roles in various movies, Dokubo is loved by many, and featured in several block-buster movies in her day.
She served as a Special Adviser on Youth Affairs to former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, in 2003 and has been maintaining a low profile in recent years.
Hilda is married to Karo Mrakpor and shares son, Tuvi Mrakpor, with him.
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