Olayinka is now 17, and currently lives in Rochdale with her mum and her two brothers (18 and 16). They are here because Olayinka refuses to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), part of cultural tradition within her father’s family and tribe in Nigeria.
Olayinka has made it crystal clear that she would rather die in Britain than be deported to Nigeria and endure FGM – she attempted suicide three months ago.Olayinka’s family fled from Nigeria and applied for asylum in Britain in 2009. Olayinka’s elder sister (her mother Abiola’s first child) was born in Nigeria and died in 1992, aged 8, after being forced to undergo FGM. When Abiola had Olayinka, she was terrified that the same could happen to her second daughter as well. This created great tension in Abiola’s marriage and she eventually left her husband in 2003. However, Olayinka’s paternal uncle continued to pressure mother and child. Continue reading “Olayinka and her family MUST stay in Britain!”