Nollywood actor, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, candidly shared insights into his childhood experiences, shedding light on his parents’ distinct personalities in an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo.
The actor revealed that his father was a stern disciplinarian, yet paradoxically, he displayed a unique emotional connection with his children.
When scolding and chastising them, he would be moved to tears, showing a mix of emotions that left a lasting impression on the family.
In contrast, Ekpeyong described his mother with a term often associated with playful defiance, calling her a “rascal.”
He narrated how she defied conventions by visiting him during his university days, arriving with bottles of brandy and rolls of cigarettes in tow. Her casual demeanor fostered an atmosphere of open communication within the family.
Reflecting on his upbringing, Ekpeyong emphasized that this upbringing contributed to his own parenting style.
He shared that he maintained an open and easy-going relationship with his children, encouraging them to speak freely and share their thoughts.
Ekpeyong’s family dynamic served as a model for open communication, allowing his children and their friends to engage comfortably with him and his wife.
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He highlighted the contrast between this approach and the potential consequences of closed communication doors, which could lead to children concealing their true selves and thoughts from their parents.
Through his personal experiences, Ekpeyong underscored the importance of fostering a communication-rich environment within families, where children feel secure and open enough to share their thoughts and feelings without fear of retribution.