lives in Lagos and is a writer, for the popular soap Tinsel, amongst other programmes.
"I've always been a bit of a rebel. My family was part of a small Pentecostal church. Nothing was allowed: from earrings to braided hair and long trousers for girls. If you had done something wrong, the pastor would bellow at you from his pulpit or beat you in front of the entire congregation.
Although I was never convinced that the pastor was right, I kept my mouth shut, because I loved my mother. She was so totally 'into' it and I didn't want to hurt her. However, she died when I was just 12 and my whole family gradually stopped going to church after that.
I have only been a real atheist for the last four years or so. I always had questions, but kept telling myself that 'God knows best'. This stopped one day when a good friend of mine started to ask such probing questions that I realised there was no going back any more. My scepticism had turned into unbelief. I decided not to keep this fact a secret. This is who I am and if you don't like it, you can get lost!
I've been lucky with my friends; I've lost almost no-one. The response from my family was mixed. Recently, my father suggested that it would be my own fault if something bad happened to me, because I didn't believe in God any more. If he says anything like that again, I'm going to hang up on him. My sister spent a whole night crying when she heard the news and is still praying for me to this day. However, when I was admitted to hospital last year, she made sure that 'none' was entered next to 'Religion' on the admission form. She defends my right to be an atheist.
I am very aware of the luxurious position I am in as an independent contractor. Clients aren't going to refuse my texts just because I'm an atheist. It won't be as easy for people to 'come out' who are employees or living at home with their parents."