Nollywood actress and media personalIdoity, Idia Aisien is speaking about the discriminations dark skinned actors face in the movie industry.
The actress is famous for her role in the remade 1994 horror movie ‘Nneka’ which was released in 2020.
While speaking with Chude Jideonwo on his latest podcasts, the actress revealed that people Criticized the movie because of her role.
She said she gets criticized for not being light skinned which should have been the criteria for character ‘Nneka’.
“When it first came out in the cinemas, I was a little bit heartbroken by some of the comments that people were leaving.
“Comments about me not being light-skinned or Igbo, about me destroying what meant something to a lot of Nigerians. Nigerians loved their veteran actors. They love their Nollywood classics.
“So, it was something that I just wished people could see how much passion went into it at the time.
“But, with the international market, and the kind of feedback we are getting, I am getting messages from the Philippines, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, and Los Angeles.
“I was hurt at first because Nneka is a fictional character and anyone could bring something different to the character but I don’t think that tribe and skin colour should matter.
“I mean, Black Panther was Americans pretending like they are in Africa. A lot of people who criticised it (the film- Nneka the pretty serpent), criticised it because of the choice of Nneka, which broke my heart”