I aborted Pregnancy for Sarkodie because he was not ready for a child – Yvonne Nelson

Kelvin Okai-Twum
Kelvin Okai-Twum
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Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Nelson in her recently released memoir “I am Not Yvonne Nelson” has opened up about her decision to terminate a pregnancy she had with multiple award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, as the rapper was not ready to father a child.

The actress, known for her iconic role in the movie, Princess Tyra, revealed in her book that she became pregnant with the Tema-based rapper in 2010 when Sarkodie’s success was “far from guaranteed”.

The actress in her book, vividly explaining the moment in detail stated “I had gone for a pregnancy test to confirm what becomes the most obvious conclusion for a sexually active young woman who misses her monthly flow. I was in the company of Karen. And when the test result was ready, I wasn’t strong enough to open it. She did and declared the verdict. Charlie, it dey there!”

“On an ordinary day, I would have laughed out loud and that would trigger a string of jolly conversations and jokes. But this was no laughing matter. It was a grim piece of information that was capable of turning my world upside down. I wasn’t the only one responsible for the situation, so I called the man whose potent seed had germinated in me. His name is Michael Owusu Addo, a renowned Ghanaian musician who is better known as Sarkodie”.

Yvonne Narrated how she informed Sarkodie about the pregnancy after receiving the positive pregnancy test result, and how the rapper, at that time, expressed his unreadiness to become a father as his future was not certain and was living with his mother.

“Sarkodie was a budding musician with the potential to become one of the biggest artists in Ghana and beyond. At that time, however, the future looked uncertain, and his way through the maze of life still appeared too foggy to predict. Success was not guaranteed. He was still living with his mother and was not ready to carry a burden while he was being carried by his mother” she revealed.

Yvonne Nelson also explained that, at that time, her relationship with Sarkodie was not serious, but acknowledged her attraction towards individuals in the music industry, which led to her relationship with the rapper.

“I wouldn’t call what had happened between us a serious relationship. I gravitated towards people in the music industry. For the longest time in my life, music was my getaway from all the unpleasant things life threw at me. So, I liked his talent. We started talking and got close. Closer.” parts of her book revealed.

Yvonne revealed in her memoir that she decided to abort the baby because she grew up without a father and did not want the child she was carrying to go through the same ordeal.

“The first thing that hit me when he said no to keeping the pregnancy was my own life. I had grown up without a father in my life. I had been reminded of how I had been borne by mistake”

“I was still wondering if the man whose name I bore was my father. How was I going to bring another human being into this world to live like me, someone whose father would reject him or her as Mr Nelson had rejected me? If there was a way to spare someone else the trauma I was contending with, why would I reject the option, especially when I was not” Nelson penned

The actress revealed that she finally aborted the pregnancy and explained the pain and trauma she went through and how Sarkodie did not call her after the abortion procedure was done and labelled the moment as “one of the regrettable mistakes” in her life

“I was given an injection that was supposed to numb the pain, but I could still feel it. I could feel the screwing inside me. I even thought my entire womb was being removed. Whatever it was, my only prayer was for a successful outcome”

“The pain, again, was intense and I bled profusely. I felt worse because Sarkodie left me to my fate in the most difficult period. He did not call to check up on me or find out how the procedure had gone.”

“Having an abortion is one of the most regrettable mistakes in my life. If the clock of life could be rewound to my younger self, I would keep it.”

Yvonne Nelson launched her memoir on Sunday, June 18, 2023, and was graced by various players in the creative industry.


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