Hermes Chibueze Iyele, a former housemate on Big Brother Naija, has admitted that growing up without his mother had a significant impact on his adult life.
Hermes claimed that although his father raised him and his brothers by himself, he never taught them to despise their mother.
He revealed this when appearing on The Nancy Isime Show’s most recent episode with his coworker Phyna.
The reality star recalled how disappointed he used to be when other pupils’ mothers attended PTA meetings but his mother never did.
He said, “One significant thing I think affected me a lot was not having my mum around. A lot of people really think that me looking for my mum [when she went missing from a psychiatric centre], with all the love that I did, she was so present in my life. No. She was absent my entire life.
“My entire life was just longing to.. I will be in school. I will see people’s mums come for PTAs and what not, and I will just feel like, Oh! My God, my mum is so pretty, if she came here now, I would probably have like so many more friends. It never happened.
“The silver lining for me, why I really still have love to give, is my dad. And I think something happened in the Big Brother show, I think we were sitting in the dining room, it was an argument about how men could not… Someone said men could not take care of children as much as women would love and take care of them. I felt really attacked by that because my dad raised me. He did an absolutely great job. He took care of really young kids. Got a bus to hustle and train us through school. It was a lot.”