In her deeply personal memoir titled “I Am Not Yvonne Nelson,” actress Yvonne Nelson has exposed the strained relationship she currently shares with her mother and the unresolved questions of the identity of her father that has plagued her for years.
With heartfelt honesty, Yvonne Nelson revealed her emotional journey, marked by a longing to know the identity of her father and the profound impact it has had on her perception of her mother.
In Chapter Twenty of the controversial book, the actress who is now a mother shared a poignant account of the last communication between herself and her mother, which took place on her birthday in 2022.
“It has been more than a year since I saw my mother. Our last communication was on my birthday in 2022. She sent me a WhatsApp message wishing me a happy birthday: “Happy birthday my love. May the God of heaven continue to bless you in all your endeavours in Jesus’ name. Enjoy your day to the fullest,” she disclosed.
According to the film producer and director, she harbours feelings of injustice and heaviness from her mother’s refusal to disclose the truth.
She further admitted that her mother’s actions have tarnished nearly all the positive emotions she once held for her.
“My mother’s behaviour has erased almost every positive feeling I had for her from my mind. Anytime I want to attach emotions to her, I get blocked by her refusal to tell me who my father is. When I had my daughter and had sleepless nights and postpartum depression, I developed so much respect and appreciation for my mother. I still do. I used to call and ask her how she managed to do this on three different occasions,” she penned.
Nelson also extended an apology to the man who has been revealed as not her real father, Mr Okoe Nelson of blessed memory, acknowledging the potential insignificance of her words and the imperfect timing of her gesture
“I do not know where to begin this and what it will achieve, but I feel strongly about it. I know I have to do it. I feel I owe you an apology, even if the timing is wrong and my apology may mean nothing to you,” she said in her memoir.