Destiny Etiko, a Nollywood actress, has opened out about her difficult childhood and how her mother affected her decision to pursue a career in the film industry.
Destiny Etiko revealed in an interview with Saturday Beats that her father was a successful headmaster who then went on to work as a treasurer for a corporation where he was accused of embezzlement.
According to Destiny Etiko, her father was asked to deposit money in a bank, but while on his way there, he was ambushed by armed thieves and forced to pay for the money.
Destiny Etiko went on to say that the incident put the family’s finances in jeopardy because her mother stopped acting. As a result, the family subsisted on the proceeds from her mother’s business.
In her words: “Growing up was not easy. My father was a headmaster doing well and at some point, he worked with a firm as a treasurer where he was accused of theft after the money he was asked to take to the bank was stolen by armed robbers who attacked him on his way. My father had to pay for money he never took.
It was an issue as we had to move out from the flat we were living in to a ‘public’ house. My mother had stopped acting and we started living off the proceeds of the shop my father opened for her.”