Top Tanzanian actress, Zena Yusuf Mohammed (32) stage-named Shilole has announced her decision to end her marriage of 3-years, alleging she had been a victim of domestic violence throughout her marriage to her husband, Ashrafu Sadiki, popularly known as Uchebe.
The actress claimed that unending domestic violence is the reason she is calling it quits.
She shared photos of her battered face and confessed about her violence-riddled marriage. The revelation supported with photos was published on Wednesday, July 8 on Instagram.
She asked her family to forgive her for being quiet in the face of the abuse and encouraged other women to voice their sufferings from the hands of men.
In her words exactly:
“I am writing this with a clear mind and conscience. First, I would like to apologise to my family. I am seeking your forgiveness because I assured you that my marriage was trouble-free, while in reality, it wasn’t peaceful.
I have been a victim of domestic violence and other evil acts I cannot speak about on this platform.
I apologise because every time I heard my fellow women cry for justice after being assaulted by their spouses.
I would urge them to voice out their grievances. When I heard that there was a woman from Kigamboni, who had been fatally battered and her body set alight by her husband, I was the first one to say: ‘she should have spoken out about her marital troubles’.
I pretended that I was not one of the domestic abuse victims; I distanced myself from the group of women who were victims of domestic violence. Forgive me.
[As an artist], I am a role model to many in the society. I represent women on many fronts. Today, I have decided to break my silence on my marital woes. My husband Ashrafu Sadiki, popularly known as Uchebe, has been battering me too much!
And, after meting out violence on me, he never calls to show concern or know about my wellbeing. Other people, unknown to me, are the ones who usually nurse me in hospitals after being beaten up by my spouse. In my marriage, there are many other bad things that have been done to me, making my union lack the expected bliss”.