Veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett is 81 today and she has marked it in style.
Sharing photos of herself on Instagram, the eloquent actress wrote “Today, on my 81st birthday, I say a lovely prayer for myself: that my life be joyful, exciting and that I reap the full benefits of my labor. I pray that the remainder of my life will be the finest of my life and that I will have no regrets for the rest of my life. My remaining years would be jam-packed with activities, impacting others, loving myself and loving the people around me.
I’m so thankful for all of you, thank you for showing me love, thank you for being a source of joy and happiness in my life.
I’m full of gratitude because I’m privileged to see this day.”
Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett was born as the first of a set of twin girls on 3 February 1941 in Lagos, Western Region of Colonial Nigeria, her father was of Awori heritage. She was educated at Mt Carmel Convent School, Lagos, before proceeding to Methodist Girls’ High School, Lagos.
She first became a mother at the age of 15; this caused her parents and family to ignore her, but she then enrolled herself for evening class. In 1959, She had the opportunity of going to the United Kingdom, through her friend David Akinduro, whom she later married.
However, the marriage eventually broke down due to domestic violence. After her divorce with Akinduro, she married Thomas Lycett and their marriage was a long-lasting one. However, in 2006, she was robbed and raped in her house in Egbe at the age of 65.
On 3 February 2021, she had her 80th birthday where she received greetings from family and friends from distinguished locations.