Sexual assault made me drop out of UNILAG — BBNaija’s Angel

Former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate, Angel Smith, has opened up about why she dropped out of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

In an interview with media personality, Taymesan, the reality show star said she experienced sexual assault for the first time in her life when she resumed school.

“I was in UNILAG for only two weeks. I struggled so much for those two weeks because when I got into UNILAG was my first sexual assault experience,” she said.

The 22-year-old writer added, “After that experience happened, I can remember just moving through it and pretending like it never happened.

“It affected my school life so much. I always blamed it on not knowing what to do in UNILAG when actually, I’ve always been fully aware of what I wanted to do.”

Angel, who grew up with her grandma, noted that she moved from wanting to become a gynaecologist to being so good in English that she won several Spelling Bees and boosted her writing skills.

“I knew what I wanted to do but I didn’t just do that because I had experienced something so traumatic and I didn’t speak to anybody about it, especially not my granny because I had so much shame,” Angel said.

She added, “Nobody knew I was out of school until my mum had asked and I was like, ‘let me finally be out with it’.

“When I told her that and she asked me why, I obviously did not tell her what happened. I just told her I didn’t think I was doing the right course.

“Then she enrolled me in a foundational programme in the UK, which I dropped out from too.”

She said she dropped out because she didn’t know her direction or what she really wanted to do at that point in her life.

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