Full name: Tayewo Afolayan (Tayewo, meaning “the first to taste the world”).
Date of birth: 26/01/1989
Nationality: Nigerian, (Yorùbá).
Place of birth: Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria.
Currently residing in: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Native language: Yoruba language, (natively èdè Yorùbá)
Languages spoken: Yoruba language, English.
Relationship status: Single.
Height: 5’ 6” (168 cm).
Weight: 134 lbs. (61 kg/9.5 stone).
Hair colour: Dark brown.
Hair style: Traditional (braided).
Eye colour: Green.
Skin colour: Brown.
Tattoos: Ebeji idol (meaning, “Twins”)
Scars/Distinguishing marks: Facial tribal marks.
Preferred style of clothing: Western style.
Frequently worn jewellery: Necklace/bracelet.
Smoker? : No.
Drinker? : Yes.
Drug user? : No
Allergies: None known.
Any physical ailments/illnesses etc.? : None.
Persona: Competitive, confident but suspicious of strangers.
Favourite colour: Orange.
Hobbies: Charcoal sketching, Traditional cooking.
Special ability: The power of persuasion.
Ability to operate vehicles? ; Yes automobiles/motorbikes.
Favourite foods: Chicken, okra soup.
Favourite drinks: Beer, coffee and orange juice.
Disliked food: Lamb.
Disliked drink: Tea.
Level of education: N/A.
Current job: Bar worker.
Name of employer: Jakobus Goosen.
Weapon of choice: Machete.
Strength in combat: Hand to hand.
Family, friends and foes:
Parent’s names: Unknown.
Are parent’s alive or dead? : Deceased.
Siblings: Twin sister, (Kehinde meaning “youngest of twins”) deceased.
Other important relatives: None.
Best friend: Jakobus Goosen.
Enemies: Aunt and Uncle.
Age: Birth – 10 years:
Tayewo Afolayan (Taye) was born in a small farming village on the outskirts of Benin City in Edo state in Nigeria. Born as a twin her name means (the first to taste the world), her sister was named Kehinde, meaning (last to come).
At the age of 6 Taye’s mother, father and sister were killed in a fire which also destroyed the family home. From this point Taye lived with her Aunt and Uncle in their home in Benin City where she was treated as a slave and was physically and mentally abused. Since the tragedy she has felt there is more to find out about what happened.
Age: 11 – present:
After living with her Aunt and Uncle for several years she was getting desperate to get away from the abuse and her slave like living conditions.
At the age of 14 she felt drawn towards South Africa and eventually decided to run away to Johannesburg to get away from her Aunt, Uncle and the painful memories of the past and tries to start a new life. Her dreams of a new life were short lived as she fell in to a life of crime, stealing money and food just to survive. When she was 18 she stumbled in to a bar whilst drunk and tried to steal a man’s wallet, but she was stopped by the owner of the bar; Mr Jakobus Goosen. Upon hearing upon Taye’s story Jakobus felt sorry for her and offered to take her in and give her a job, this was the start of a strong friendship between them.
Purpose of the character:
Ever since the death of Taye’s family she has felt that the full story surrounding the incident has not been told and that there are questions that need answering.
Since having to fend for herself since she arrived in Johannesburg, she has learnt how to handle herself with a machete and is not afraid to use it.
Whilst living with Jakobus she has felt safe and secure and feels that somehow she belongs in Johannesburg.
Now she starts seeing visions of a little girl in her dreams, she does not know who this girl is, but there is some sort of connection that is felt within.