Tina Okpara, the 13-year-old teenage girl who was reported to be serially raped by former Super Eagles defender Godwin Okpara has released a book, detailing how the sexual assault went on for two years.
In the book titled ‘My life has a Price‘, Tina narrates her life as a rape victim; being adopted at the age of 13 by the footballer Godwin and his wife Linda in France.
In 2008, the Opkaras were charged to court for maltreating Tina for five years. Godwin was sentenced to 10 years while his wife Linda faced 15 years.
In an interview with The News magazine, Tina says her decision to write the book seven years after she regained freedom, aims at ‘raising awareness and helping other girls who might be going through the same horrendous experience’.
‘One day, I told myself that if I refused testifying, other girls will continue to experience modern slavery’, she said
‘The day she spat it on my face that schooling was not for me because I was too stupid, I lost all hope. These notebooks were used to dump all my sorrow, all my hatred for Linda. It was my lifeline and my friend,’ she added.
The 188-page book, originally written in French, has just been translated into English.
Godwin is currently serving a 10-year jail term while his wife Linda is serving 15 years.