Danah, daughter of Pastor Dave Alleyne, of the Flaming Word Ministry in Chaguanas, described her ordeal as shocking and humiliating. She insists she and other girls were deceived into entering a dance competition in which the first place winner would receive a trip to Africa. Danah said she won the competition but her “trip” to Africa turned into a simulated sex dance.
“I was shocked when Akon pulled me to dance. I did not know what to do and with the crowd cheering and stuff I guess I got a little carried away but there was nothing I could have done about it. I was in a state of real shock,” Danah said.
“I am so sorry about everything and I am sorry for disappointing my parents and my brother Ian, who is a public figure in his portfolio as the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Crime Watch. I will learn from this experience for sure. This week was the worst week of my life,” she added. She was interviewed at the Crime Watch office in Chaguanas.
Danah said she accepted the criticisms that have come her way. “I deserve the criticisms but now, it is kind of overbearing and I really want it to stop. I feel so depressed sometimes that I feel like passing out. I cry all the time just thinking about the whole situation,” Danah said.
Danah said two days before the concert, a friend sponsored her a $450 VIP ticket. She said her parents, who were not present at the interview, knew she was going.
When asked if the club had requested ID from her to enter the venue, Danah replied, “Yes but I told them I did not have any but they still allowed me in seeing that I had a VIP ticket. I have been there several times without ID and they always let me in.” Asked about the revealing outfit she wore, Danah described it as “club clothes.”
Ian, on behalf of their parents, apologised to society.
However, he said he hoped that all parties involved directly and indirectly would learn from the incident. Ian also called on parents and older brothers and sisters to watch out for the welfare of young people.
“We are so busy doing our own thing, seeing about our business, the nation’s business and other people’s business that we forget about the people in our household.
“We need to focus more on the family and not let our children go astray. My family surely has learned from this unfortunate situation,” Ian said.
Danah is expected to leave the country soon on a vacation where she intends to take stock of her life.
“This kind of party life really not worth it because things happen. However, I intend to focus more on my education and career. I want to encourage other youths to be positively focused in life,” Danah said.