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5 reasons skin colour matters in Nollywood

08 November 2016, 11:11

Lagos - Over the years, several actors have revealed that they lost roles for being too black, overweight or underweight.

In 2015, filmmaker and director Mildred Okwo stated that it's no coincidence that most lead actors are light-skinned.

Here are five actresses (read reasons)  who lost a role because of their complexion or weight.

1. Keira Hewatch
Hewatch is popular for her character as Peace in the popular TV series "Lekki Wives."

The actress spoke to Pulse about losing movie roles because of her weight and complexion.

"I have lost movie roles because of my complexion," she said. "Sometimes the excuse is that there's a lot of work that goes into lighting a darker person as opposed to a light skinned person,"the actress added.

"I understand that there's a fact to that, but then, how do Hollywood people like Viola Davis, or Denzel Washington who is very dark work it out? I feel sad that our actors here have to become people that there are not."

2. Mercy Johnson

In an interview  the  Africa Magic Viewers Choice award winner revealed that she lost roles in her early days as an actress.

“It is very true that when I was starting out in the movie industry, it was difficult to get roles because of my complexion," she said.

"I faced that a lot and I tell people that my success is just grace. Somebody once told me that I am too dark but that is where the grace and favour of God comes in. Regardless of everything, most of the dark-skinned actresses that are my contemporaries made it."

3. Chelsea Eze
In an interview with Chelsea Eze who made her debut in the movie "Silent Scandal," revealed that being light-skinned has not always favoured her.
"There have been some projects that I was supposed to be involved in but I was told that I am too light skinned for the part," she said.

"I remember when Kunle Afolayan wanted to do the cast for Figurine, I asked him if I could come for auditions but he told me that I am too ‘yellow’. There are some characters you need to play but you have to be dark skinned. I have had cases where I have to play some certain character and the make-up artiste makes me look very dark. Sometimes my complexion does not always favour me but I will not change my skin hue for any reason."

4. Adunni Ade
The light-skinned actress countered the popular belief that her complexion is an advantage.

“ I even love the fact that you asked if it has affected the roles I get. People always feel my skin is an advantage but that has never been the case. There are times I get contacted for a role and as I am reading, I envision that the role is not for me because of my colour. I have lost a lot of roles because of my complexion," the "It's Her Day" actress said.

5. KC Ejelonu
In 2015, KC Ejelonu who plays Tessa on "Tinsel" started her weight loss journey. A journey she shared with her fans on social media with the hashtag #SelfloveJourney.

In October 2016, the actress revealed that she lost a role because she wasn't her previous size.

"So in a space of a week I lost 2 roles because i am not at my previous weight anymore... It made me sad but I have not even worked out in over 3 months just healthy eating," She said.


- News24

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