Actress, Ireti Doyle our Nigerian sweetheart took to her Instagram page to reminisce on when she almost lost her first TV commercial gig because of the colour of her skin, when the society and creatives make it look wrong to have a melanin skin, but see what place we are in the world now, melanin is the new crave. She shared the photo of she twenty years ago as she recount her blessings.
I shot my 1st tv commercial over two decades ago. It was a major deal for an upcoming actor; for the visibility and the pay check.
I nearly lost that gig for being the wrong skin colour. I didn’t match the client rep’s “ideal”.
Thankfully, the director, Mr. Wale Fanu wasn’t a push over. He told the chap to let him do his thing or take him off the project.
Fast forward 20yrs, “Melanin Poppin” has become a # and the dark skinned girl is having her day in the sun.
It might take a little while longer, but eventually it will be clear that “loud and obnoxious” is not quite the same as “bold and audacious”…And that being polite, soft spoken and demure, is not “fake”; neither is it a “weakness”. ?@kelechiamadiobi (AMVCA 2016)