TV and Radio personality, Jessica Opare Saforo has penned a heartfelt letter to actress Tonto Dikeh for standing up for herself and walking out of an abusive marriage.
In the letter, Saforo indicated that she was proud the African women can now stand for what they believe in and voice their grievances anytime they are challenged.
She called on Tonto Dikeh to forget about the name calling and be the strong woman she is adding that she has given hope to women in Africa and that her act will be a stepping stone for women to voice out their pain.
Tonto Dikeh has been in the news after she broke up with her husband. The actress has since then granted several interviews telling the world how bad her marriage was and the abuse she had to suffer at the hands of a man who claimed he loves her.
Read the Letter Here:
Dear Tonto Dikeh, (@tontolet) You don’t know me but I just thought to send you a message this morning. I can’t say I understand what you are going through because the truth is I have never been in your shoes. I can only imagine what it would be like to be you right now. I’m not a fan of Nigerian movies but I can say this…’ you just won my respect’. You have done what many people are terrified to do by opening up the way you did. I want to say thank you on behalf of all women who are going through abuse but can’t seem to find their voice. You have just demonstrated that it’s ok to speak up and women (or men really) no longer have to suffer in silence. Don’t worry about the people who are calling you names and accusing you of falsehoods. Neither should you worry about the self -righteous religious fanatics. Half of them wish they had the cojones to do what you did. Don’t try to prove yourself to anyone cos the truth is people really don’t care, they are mostly just curious. This morning I woke up and had an urge to say a prayer for you and for your son. My prayer is simple. ‘ May God give you strength to continue to fight your battles, may He give you an additional day of joy whenever you shed tears and may your son be protected from all the negativity in the world and from the mouths of vipers’. You are who YOU say you are. Don’t let the world define you. Sleep easy, knowing that you just saved souls living in anguish and in shame. You’ve given hope to women who are in abusive relationships and think there is no way out. Truth is… there ALWAYS is. We may not be there today and we know that this battle will be a long uphill one. Continue to stand up for yourself because you will inadvertently be standing up for people who are being abused. #StopDomesticViolence #SpeakUp #StopAbuse Signed: #SunshineGirl