A popular Twitter influencer, Motara has expressed genuinely her deepest apology for mocking a child beggar with a drink while driving in Lagos traffic.
The video of her subtly mocking the child beggar went viral and she has expressed a deep regret regarding that.
She came under heavy criticism on Twitter last week after the incident as many accused her of looking down on the poor.
The Media personality was later relieved of a PR job she had with one Brothers Keeper, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Speaking with BBC in an interview, Motara claimed she did gave the little girl money but never captured it in the video and that, she is still searching for the child beggar on the streets to beg for forgiveness.
“People had started messaging me, asking me if I had seen the video. I exclaimed, ‘My life is ruined. God, forgive me!’. What happened was that I had gone out with my friends; we were inside my car and in the traffic,” she said.
“I was just playing like my usual self; I used to overplay. I was teasing the girl with the drink like, ‘I want to give you. I won’t give you’. People said I was laughing. Now, there’s this woman who sells drinks around there.
“When she saw me, she was amused, saying ‘This lady isn’t serious. Look at her playing with that beggar girl’. That was what made me laugh. As the traffic moved, I moved my car but the girl followed me.
“I told my friends to hand me some money. I gave it to her. I didn’t capture that on video. It wasn’t my intention to do anything with it. I don’t know how the video got to Twitter because it was on my WhatsApp status I posted it.”
Morata said she has not been able to sleep or eat since the video went viral and promising to atone for the mistake whenever she sees the little girl.
“The thing made me lose self-confidence. It’s very shameful. I have an ulcer. I’ve been thinking. I could neither sleep nor eat. I’ve just been crying. I wake every morning and go back to that spot hoping to find her,” she added.
“The only thing I can do for the rest of my life is to apologise and attempt to redeem myself. If I see the girl now, I will kneel down and beg her. From the bottom of my heart, I’m truly sorry. I didn’t mean it the way people took it.
“I’ve learned not everything is a joke; Nobody deserves being looked down on. Not all personal stuff should go online.”
In the widely condemned video, Motara was holding a bottle of drink and asked the little girl if she cared for it.
But instead of giving the child beggar the drink, the Twitter influencer had the side window of her car shut. She then placed the bottle close to the child beggar’s mouth while the young girl ran after her vehicle in the traffic.
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