Willemstad – After its release in April, Maffiameid, the true crime story and autobiography of the infamous Nina L. has taken Curaçao, Aruba and the Netherlands by storm. According to local bookstores, Maffiameid is the bestselling book in the history of the island, attracting the most unconventional readers that wouldn’t normally pick up a book. The book is currently in the top ten bestsellers in the Netherlands. Nina’s story functions both as inspiration and a cautionary tale for the youth, not to be seduced by a life of crime. Nina paid a steep price for her shenanigans and fast life, never completing a formal education and carrying the heartbreaking accolade as the woman that sat the longest drug related sentence in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Despite her outgoing and flirtatious personality, Nina gets really emotional when she’s confronted by the powerful reaction from her fans and sympathizers. “I’m not a role model”, she exclaimed. “I’m just getting an opportunity to tell my story and make a difference. This is my therapy”, she added. During her last stint in prison, she was confronted by the realities and penalties of her choices and finally realized that her four children were the real victims. Nina participated in an eye-opening documentary called ‘Ouders in ‘t Lik’, where they aired a heart wrenching conversation between Nina and her eldest son, who related the numerous abuses he endured at the hands of his grandmother, because Nina was in jail. “At that moment I promised my children that I would change my life and put their well being first”, she explained. Despite a rough childhood, Nina is committed to make amends by reaching out to at risk youth and single mothers about her struggles and triumphs.
The loss of innocence
At age twelve, she was unceremoniously sent to Holland to be with her biological mother, who worked as a prostitute in Arnhem. Nina landed in a real-life hell and became a runaway at the age of fifteen after enduring many years of merciless terrorization and abuses at the hands of her mother. A bizarre life follows between junks and prostitutes in Groningen, Twente, Friesland, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
During her ten-year relationship with one of the largest drug lords of Rotterdam, Suriname and the Antilles, Nina got deeply involved in the drug trade. For many years she managed to elude the authorities, while narrowly escaping with her life. She became an important figure in the syndicate and operated as the right hand of her partner.
For four years, Nina collaborated with crime journalist Hendrik Jan Korterink, to complete the manuscript for Maffiameid. Although Nina is proud of the final product, she laments that many compelling stories were left on the cutting room floor. She recently collaborated with a dynamic team to create a compelling one woman show called MaffiaMeid: Revealed …the untold stories, where she will disclose additional tales about her life. “During the play you get me uncensored and raw. I’m not holding anything back, so together we will laugh, cry but also talk about opportunities to overcome real life struggles”, Nina explained.
As we speak, TeleCuraçao and Cariflix are producing a documentary about her life, which is slated to come out in January 2018.
“The book focused more on my sensational past, but the show is in my own voice and also highlights my growth. The show carries a message of hope”, she added. MaffiaMeid: Revealed …the untold stories premieres on December 16th, 2017 at the auditorium of the WTC. Tickets are available at Bruna and Mensing’s Caminada.