Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham has responded to questions and concerns raised by controversial rapper, Ruggedman on social media as he asks why Nollywood actresses are more successful than the actors.
You would recall that Ruggedman posited that actress are the ones acquiring assets, cars, houses and others, but the actors are not doing same and revoked his decision to join Nollywood.
Addressing his sentiments, Toyin Abraham took to her Instagram account and expressed distaste on how disparagingly some people attribute a woman’s success to her sexual involvement with men.
According to the mother of one, she gets paid over 1 million naira for her services and got paid for a very good car and she made it emphatically clear that the fact that men are not showing off their possessions does not mean they are not making money or are not successful.
I saw the social media post made by respected rapper, Ruggedman about women making more money and doing well better than men.
I read between the lines and saw what Ruggedman implied. It is a little bit sad that many people on social media leeched on it with many derogatory comments about women especially those of us in Nollywood.
It is important that I put this out there that many women make money and make good money legitimately. I know actresses who charge 2 million, 3 million and 5 million in this Nollywood. I get paid in millions of naira for gigs. As a a matter of fact, I just paid for a very good car worth millions of Naira and at the same time I know a lot of men in Nollywood who are doing extra ordinarily well and paid in millions.The fact that most of these men choose not to make noise on social media do not in any way mean that they are second class citizens in this industry.
We need to stop attributing every woman’s success to her sexual prowess with men, women deserve the success they have as much as men without attributing it to their sexuality. Nollywood women like Bimbo Ademoye, Nancy Isime, Kehinde Bankole, Inidima Okojie , Sharon Ooja, Bisola Aiyeola, are getting paid in millions. Even script writers that are not in the limelight are getting paid in millions.
It is disparaging to put the successes of these women within the box of their sexuality. A lot of women are doing great things legitimately. I am one of them and so also are many other women in other industries not just the entertainment industry.
A woman is more than the sum total of her sexuality.”
Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi.