Toyo Baby

Juliana Olayode popularly know as “Toyo Baby” in the Jenifa’s Diary series explains why she lied to her one million fans about her virginity.

Recall that the 22-year-old published a memoir titled Rebirth, in which she told personal stories, including claims that she lost her virginity at the age of 17 to her teacher in a cheap hotel.

Shortly after excerpts of the book surfaced, folks who have been following the actress’ campaign for female ‘sexual purity’ confronted her for lying about her sexual status, especially because she went on TV to carry on with the campaign and even emphatically said on Ebony Life TV that she was a virgin.

Barraged with the horde of angry comments, and seeing that she had lost faith with her fans, the actress issued a statement to Premium Times, and attempted to explain away her lies.

She said:

People had assumed I was a virgin. I had never said I was but I had never corrected their assumptions either. So, I was still in that fix. Shortly after my confession, Ebony Life TV called me for an interview. I went and for the first time in my several interviews; I was asked point blank if I was a virgin. I tried to evade the question, but my interviewer was not having it. She demanded for a yes or no. I did not see the question coming and I lied. I said, “Yes, I am a virgin”. Immediately the interview was over, I hurried to the bathroom in the studio and cried. I felt terrible for lying and told God I was sorry.”

I felt it was my secret and the whole world need not know about it. I was upset with myself, however, for answering her. I could have insisted I could not tell. So, I proposed never to answer such again. Easier said than done, right? Shortly after, I was on another TV interview, Crux Of The Matter, with Elsie.

I was invited to talk for sexual purity while the other guest spoke against. In the process of the discussion, around the time when it was heated, I was asked out of the blues again if I was a virgin. And before I knew it, I heard myself lying again. I was mad at myself. I was on another TV interview that trended for a while. It was On The Couch, with Lady Ariyike. I talked about sexual purity, but thankfully I was not asked if I was virgin. After that one, I decided to stop interviews altogether. I was tired of lying or having to dread lying if I was asked straight up.”



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