Linda Osifo, a Nigerian actress, has recounted how she almost had surgery to remove her tribal marks over the constant mockery she encountered back in school.
The 29-year-old actress took to her Instagram page on Wednesday to share her experience growing up as an African child with tribal marks during her elementary school days in Canada.
She said the teasing got so bad that she considered going under the knife to remove the tribal marks since she also had the feeling that it made her look ugly.
The movie star said while growing up, she realised how beautiful and unique she looks with the tribal marks on.
“Back in elementary school in Canada, I remember being made fun of about my tribal marks and being asked if I got scratched by lions in Africa. The teasing got so bad that I tried surgically to remove my tribal marks,” she wrote.
“I felt it made me so ugly and weird from everyone else around me because I didn’t understand why I had it in the first place. Now that I’m all grown and wise, I’ve come to realize how beautiful & unique it sure makes me look. True beauty does not come from physical attributes. True beauty comes from what is within. Here’s to the tribal mark gang.”
Linda Osifo was first runner-up at the Miss Nigeria Entertainment Canada in 2011 and 2nd runner up at Miss Afri-Canada 2011 beauty pageant.
In 2015, she was nominated for the ELOY awards for her role in ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’, an hit TV series by Ebonylife TV.
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