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Author stands by claim that parents abused her

PUBLISHED: 16:52 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

A SCIENTIST who chronicled her parents alleged abuse in a book has been threatened with legal action by her younger brother.

A SCIENTIST who chronicled her parents' alleged abuse in a book has been threatened with legal action by her younger brother.

The eldest of four children, Ola Lydia Taiwo, 44, from Crayford, published What A Life!, claiming her parents physically abused her before abandoning her and her sister in Nigeria.

The mother-of-six said she did not publish the book for revenge but to help victims of child abuse realise they can break the cycle.

She said: "Myself and younger sister were abused the most. My other two siblings didn't see those things. They were too young. They didn't know anything.

"My brother doesn't believe what I have written. He said he was going to get his lawyer. The evidence is all over me."

As a baby Mrs Taiwo was put into foster care, where she felt "loved and cared for" but when she was five her parents took her back, telling her she was going on a weekend break with them.

She said: "I wanted to go back. I didn't really know my parents as my real mum and dad. Sometimes it makes me wonder if they are my real mum and dad."

Her face is covered in scars as a result, she claims, of her father kicking her and her mother beating her with a broomstick. A patch of her hair has not grown back and she has false teeth.

She said in one incident she was beaten after she tried on a new school uniform which her mother told her not to open. Whenever social service workers came round, they interviewed the young girl with her parents who, she says, had already warned her to lie or else she would face another beating.

She said: "I can't comprehend it. I wouldn't do anything to hurt my children.

"I don't know about my parents' background but I don't think they were abused. I never really had a conversation with my parents. Now there isn't a relationship with them.

"If they phone I say hello but that doesn't happen often. My children know they are their grandparents but they call them auntie and uncle.

"It is really sad but the consolation is I have always been looking for my ideal home and family and now I have it."

The book, which costs £6, is available from most bookshops and www.amazon.co.uk.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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