September 30, 2015 – Omoni Oboli Remembers Late Mother, Recommends Spanking Of Children To Correct Them
See excerpts from Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli’s recent interview with the Entertainer.
What was growing up like?
It was interesting. I grew up with my mum and sister. My mum had two kids; my parents were separated. So, I grew up in a place called Delta Steel Company. Back in the days, it was like one of the best places to work. My mum was a teacher then. It is not like she was paid lots of money but then we had access to all the facilities. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon but I went to the best school, got the best health care, just because my mum worked in that company and not because she had any money. I couldn’t travel to different countries or whatever, but I was exposed to a world that was interesting.
You were raised by a single mum, was your mum a strict person?
My mum was just a fantastic person. If I could be half the woman my mum was I would have succeeded more in life. My mum was strict, yes, but also incredibly sweet and incredibly giving of herself and everything. My mum might not have money but she will give her last money to someone. My mum would not wear the best clothes but when you see my sister and I, you will probably think she was our house help. She would just give us the best that she could afford. Nobody ever thought that we came from a home that didn’t have money. My mum would try to give us everything that she could afford and more.
Do you believe in spanking your kids?
Yes I do, it works, trust me it works. The Bible says ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’. God knows what He is doing. You know you are not spanking out of hate, that’s a difference, but you are spanking the child because you want to correct them. My kids understand that there is a difference; they have understood from day one. Why am I doing this to you? Why am I spanking you? They will answer and say it is because I did this and it’s wrong. So, they know that is why you are spanking them. It is not because I don’t like you, I mean I can smack you and hug you the very next minute. But you need to understand that what you did is wrong and unacceptable. Kids keep pushing boundaries; that is their job. They know how to manipulate you. So, you start it early.