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Actress Iretiola Doyle: My skin color almost made me lose my first TV commercial

Nollywood Actress Filmmaker Ireti Doyle
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Actress Iretiola Doyle: My skin color almost made me lose my first TV commercial

Actress Iretiola Doyle has shared a post to encourage ladies who are dark-skinned.

Nollywood Actress Filmmaker Ireti Doyle

Nollywood Actress & Filmmaker, Ireti Doyle

The legendary Nollywood actress wrote on how her skin color almost made her lose a role in her first TV commercial. She was almost dropped due to her dark skin, but fortunately for her, the director believed in her and used his influence to ensure she did the commercial.

Actress Iretiola Doyle shared on Instagram:

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”.”

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